By: Davine Holness
Have you ever taken the first several steps of a habitual journey before you realized where you were going? Ever checked out mentally while driving, jogging, or riding the bus? Ever gotten so wrapped up in a book that you were no longer aware of your surroundings? If you’ve had any of these experiences, you’ve been in a trance before. Hypnosis puts subjects in a similar kind of trance – they reach a state of inner absorption, concentration, and focused attention.
People are often mystified by the idea of hypnosis. Yet, it is safe and has been proven effective for a wide variety of uses in clinical settings.
Hypnosis is used for:
- Therapy with victims of violent and/or sexual crimes
- Smoking cessation
- Weight control
- Sexual dysfunctions
- Concentration, test anxiety, and learning disorders
- Anxiety and stress management
- And a variety of medical problems such as burns, nausea, allergies, and pain relief.
Hypnosis works because our mind can be used more powerfully when it is intensely focused. Hypnosis takes away the constraints and inhibitions set forth by the conscious mind, letting the unconscious take over. Contrary to common misconceptions, hypnosis does not cause you to surrender your will. In fact, it won’t work unless you are a willing participant and allow your mind to be open to suggestion. Another prevalent myth is that hypnosis causes you to completely lose consciousness and subsequently forget what happened during the session. Actually, most patients late recall everything that happened while they were under hypnosis.
When choosing a hypnosis provider, it is important to carefully select a qualified individual. Look for a professional who is licensed, not just certified, in their field by the state. Lay hypnotists may be certified but lack the medical and psychological training to be licensed. If you are facing a problem that you think may be improved through hypnosis, the licensed professionals at Arista Counseling and Psychotherapy can assist you. Contact our Bergen County, NJ or Manhattan offices of psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920. Visit http://www.acenterfortherapy.com for more information.
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