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Eleanor Palma, Ph.D.
LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
Hypnosis

 

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation.  It is a “heightened state of focused awareness” in which you are able to access psychological and physical processes that you cannot typically access.  During hypnosis, your body feels relaxed and your mind is focused on your internal state and/or the hypnotist’s voice.  Through concentration and imagination, new behaviors and beliefs can be introduced to replace negative ones.


Hypnosis is not...

--Sleep
--Mind Control


Also...

--You cannot be hypnotized if you do not want to be
--You cannot be hypnotized into doing something illegal or immoral
--You cannot be "stuck" in trance

How does it work?

Under hypnosis, the patient enters a state of  "trance".  Trance is often described as a state of daydreaming; you are fully alert but focused only on the thing that is important to you at that moment.  This is a naturally occurring state; we have all had the experience of getting "lost" in a good book or movie. During hypnosis, the patient focuses on his or her goal (for example, reducing pain, or quitting smoking) to the exclusion of other distractions.

Hypnosis has been proven effective for many conditions, including habit control (for example, smoking cessation, overeating, or compulsive behaviors), anxiety, depression and pain management. If you suffer from pain, hypnosis will help to provide distraction and relief.  It will also help to address the underlying psychological issues often connected with pain.

Hypnosis has been shown to increase pain threshold and pain tolerance. It can be used as an anesthetic and as an analgesic. It is helpful for those experiencing chronic pain and for those who are undergoing a medical procedure such as surgery or chemotherapy.

"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional."