By: Estephani Diaz

On television, hypnosis is usually seen as being done by a man or woman swinging a pocket watch back and forth, and repeating a word or phrase until the person they are performing on is under their control. Then, the hypnotizer has complete control over your mind and can make you do anything he/she tells you to do. In reality, hypnosis is nothing like how it is seen in the media.

Professional therapists use hypnosis, also known as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, to help their patients cope with undesired behaviors. During hypnosis, the patient is concentrated, relaxed, and in a “happy place.” In this trance-like state, the patient is more open to suggestions, while the therapist is using verbal repetition and mental images. Hypnosis is great for coping with anxiety, pain, stress, mood disorders or when trying to quit an undesirable behavior such as smoking.

Hypnosis is an effective therapeutic technique that is a safe treatment for patients. Although it is controversial, hypnosis is a relaxing method for the patients to change and improve their behaviors.

If you or someone you know is interested in hypnosis, please contact our psychotherapy offices in New York or New Jersey to talk to one of our licensed professional psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, or psychotherapists at Arista Counseling & Psychotherapy. Contact our Paramus, NJ or Manhattan, NY offices respectively, at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment. For more information, please visit http://www.counselingpsychotherapynjny.com/.



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