By: Emma Yasukawa
Hypnosis, also known as hypnotherapy, has become a popular practice in today’s modern medicine and is used to treat many different medical and psychological conditions. Hypnosis uses guided relaxation, deep concentration and the individual’s full undivided attention to allow them to reach a heightened state of awareness that is also known as a trance. The purpose of this deep trance is to enable the individual to dive into the subconscious part of the brain and explore painful thoughts, feelings and memories that they may have pushed down and ‘forgotten’ about. When a person is under hypnosis, they are usually more open to suggestions due to feeling extremely calm and relaxed. Hypnotherapy can be used to treat anxiety, phobias, substance abuse, sexual dysfunctions; bad habits including smoking, nail biting, overeating etc., and in some cases, allow individuals to perceive feelings differently, such as blocking out awareness of pain.
There are many different ways that hypnotherapy can be administered but typically, clinical hypnotherapy is generally performed in a relaxed, calm therapeutic environment. A trained therapist will guide the individual into a relaxed, focused state and ask the patient to think about situations and experiences in a positive way that can help them change their perspective and the way that they may think or behave.
If you or someone you know is struggling and may be open to hypnotherapy, 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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I’m really interested in this! I hear not everyone can be hypnotized though. Do you know why that is?