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Clinical Hypnosis

What is clinical hypnosis?

Clinical hypnosis is used to treat physical or psychological problems. Clinical hypnosis can be defined as an altered state of consciousness, awareness or perception. Hypnosis is a highly relaxed state in which the client's conscious and subconscious mind is focused and receptive to therapeutic suggestion.

Almost everyone has experienced an altered state at some time in his or her life. Think of those times when you were driving on an expressway and caught yourself briefly unaware of what you were doing, or when you or your children we so engrossed in a TV program that you were unaware that someone else had entered the room. Hypnosis is a safe procedure when used professionally. The relaxation you will experience will be pleasant and refreshing.

A brief history of hypnosis

Hypnosis under various names has been used for as long as records have been kept. Suggestive therapy is perhaps the oldest of these methods. Modern clinical hypnosis dates to about 1773. The term "hypnosis" was coined by James Braid, M.D., in 1841.

What training is required?

In many states, the use of hypnosis for psychotherapeutic purposes is restricted to physicians, dentists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, counselors, marriage and family therapists and other health professionals licensed in their state. These professionals are permitted to use this technique in conformance with their own individual training, professional ethices and licensing laws.

Doctor Jones has received extensive training (over 60 hours) from the Milton Erickson Foundation and the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis. He has been utilizing hypnotic techniques since 2010.

What is a typical hypnosis session like?

Generally, a typical session starts with an Induction. The induction is a special way to focus the attention and begin the trance experience. The second stage is Deepening. During deepening, the client is guided into an even deeper trance experience. The third stage is Imagery and Suggestion. This is where the change desired is given in language that the subconscious mind can process. The fourth, and final, stage is Reorientation, in which the client is brought back to normal, wakeful awareness.

Will I remember the session?

Sometimes you will, sometimes you won't. The important thing is that your subconscious mind will remember it. 

Do you do recordings?

I will record your hypnotic session and provide you with an MP3 that you can listen to between our meetings. This will help increase the effectiveness of the procedure.

How many sessions will I need?

To a large extent, that will depend on you. However, most clients achieve signifiant improvement in four to six sessions. I have seen some that improve in as few as one session and as many as ten.