Hypnosis involves learning how to use your mind and thoughts in order to manage emotional distress (e.g., anxiety, stress), unpleasant physical symptoms (e.g., pain, nausea), or to help you change certain habits or behaviors (e.g., smoking, overeating) (American Psychological Association – Division 30). In my work, I have found that mental imagery is a powerful tool that can assist an individual to bring about those things that they imagine. Specifically, this has been a tool frequently used with athletes who report improved performance after visualizing all components of their desired performance. I also employ hypnosis to present ideas and suggestions to meet the therapeutic goals of my client. For example, if a client would like to lower anxiety or increase self-confidence, suggestions are developed to build on the skills needed to obtain these results.
There is much research on the use of hypnosis in the treatment of a variety of disorders. However, as with all treatment, hypnosis is optimally effective when the client is highly motivated to overcome a problem and they are willing to engage in the necessary steps to reach their goals. Like all therapy, hypnosis is a collaborative process between the client and clinician. Communication and a good-working relationship are the key components of its effectiveness. While there are many people trained in hypnosis alone, working with a licensed psychologist provides you with more comprehensive care and understanding. As a psychologist, hypnosis is one of many tools that I employ to assist you in reaching your goals.
Anxiety and stress management • Fertility issues
Sports and athletic performance • Weight control
For Further Information
Hypnosis Self-Help Books and CDS www.Yapko.com
American Society for Clinical Hypnosis www.ASCH.net
American Psychological Association: Division 30 Society of Psychological Hypnosis Informational brochure: