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Clinical Hypnosis:

WHAT IS CLINICAL HYPNOSIS
Hypnosis is a therapeutic method which enables the therapist to assist clients in gaining access to inner resources that may have been lying dormant or untapped.  These accessed resources may include memories of successes, abilities, thoughts and behaviors that will bring about desired healing, change and growth.  The therapist teaches the client to use these resources to facilitate problem resolution and to create a greater satisfaction in life. Hypnosis is frequently described as a state of consciousness similar to that of a daydream or a relaxed state of focused attention.

WHAT CLINICAL HYPNOSIS IS NOT
It is not magic and it is not a method for one person to force another person to change his or her behavior.  All hypnosis is really self-hypnosis in that it is not something that is done to you, but something that you yourself do.  The role of the therapist is to teach the client to use his or her own subconscious mind to make desired and useful changes. Think of the therapist as a gentle guide and coach. Hypnosis is not the same as sleep although in some respects it resembles sleep.

WHAT TO EXPECT
The hypnotic trance is quite simple; most clients feel relaxed and calm while being mentally attentive.  The person experiencing hypnosis does not go to sleep but goes into a deep state of inner focus.  Most people hear and remember everything that occurs and instinctive defenses against injury, insult or intrusion remain intact.  A licensed, professional will only make suggestions and ask for information that is in the best interest of the client.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Research indicates that there are no harmful side effects from hypnosis and all hypnotic suggestions are directed toward beneficial feelings and results.  There is no coercion in clinical hypnosis.  Hypnosis is successful with clients eager to make changes and resolve problems.  The person who requests assistance due to others’ insistence that they must change may be disappointed because he or she lacks the personal commitment and receptivity to change.

To learn more about the beneficial effects of hypnosis click on the ASCH logo.

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