What is Clinical Hypnosis? by Josephine Ferraro

July 1, 2009

Clinical hypnosis, also known as hypnotherapy, is a form of therapy that can create a state of deep relaxation where your attention is focused and your unconscious mind is open to making positive changes.

When performed by a qualified hypnotherapist, clinical hypnosis can improve your emotional health and overall well being.

There are many misconceptions about clinical hypnosis, most likely because people confuse clinical hypnosis with stage hypnosis that they have seen in movies or heard about where people quack like a duck or bark like a dog or do other embarrassing things. That is not clinical hypnosis.

From the outset, let's be clear that there are important distinctions between clinical hypnosis and stage hypnosis. Clinical hypnosis is a collaborative treatment. You have complete control at all times. You are awake and maintain dual awareness of everything around you in the here and now as well as in the hypnotic state. No one can make you do anything that you don't want to do.

Clinical hypnosis is used to treat many issues, including: weight loss, insomnia, pain management, enhancing creativity, overcoming writer's block or other creative blocks, overcoming fears, performance enhancement for athletes, actors, singers, musicians, public speakers, executives, and sales people.

Clinical hypnosis is also used to stop smoking and to overcome other negative habits, as well as for stress management, test anxiety, stage fright, anxiety, relationship issues, and many other issues.

I am a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist in NYC.

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