Hypnosis is a natural state that we all go into frequently. It is a singular focusing of the mind. It may happen when we are driving and we realize that we haven’t been paying attention for the last few minutes. It happens when actors perform and everything just flows, with only a vague idea of what happened when then scene ends. Athletes call it being “in the zone.” It happens when we are watching a movie that we are absorbed in. These are all examples of experiencing a light trance state. The difference is that in hypnotherapy the trance is heightened by also relaxing the body and the focus is on the voice of the hypnotherapist. It is a pleasant, relaxing feeling and is akin to a comfortable, meditative state.
Many times, when one thinks of hypnosis, what comes to mind is a stage hypnotist commanding people in the trance to cluck like chickens. As entertaining as that may be, the hypnotic trance can also be used for healing. A Clinical Hypnotherapist induces hypnosis for therapeutic reasons. Hypnotherapy is meant to empower the client, not take power away. It is meant for the client to claim and have a better understanding of the mind so as to have a more fulfilling and enjoyable life.
Disclaimer: *Hypnotherapy is an educational and self-improvement process that facilitates access to a person’s internal resources to assist him/her in solving problems, increasing motivation, or altering behavior patterns to create positive change. Hypnotherapy is not a substitute for medical treatment or psychotherapy. Bianca DeGroat does not practice medicine or psychotherapy and her services are not a replacement for counseling, psychotherapy, psychiatric, or medical treatment. No service or product provided is intended to diagnose or treat any disease or illness, psychological or mental health condition. Medical support hypnotherapy is used only as an adjunct to conventional medical treatment. Consultation with a licensed physician is required before medical support hypnotherapy services are provided.