What is Hypnosis?

 

Hypnosis, a natural state of heightened and focused attention, is one of the most fascinating phenomena of the human psyche. Our ability to enter this unique state of consciousness opens the door to endless possibilities for healing, self-exploration, and change. Hypnosis has been recognized for thousands of years and used for many purposes. When we enter into a state of hypnosis, we can utilize thoughts, talents and experiences in ways not usually accessible to us. With the guidance of a trained professional, we can develop our latent abilities that enable making desired changes in our thoughts, feelings and perceptions. Although hypnotic trance is a very natural, peaceful state of mind that most of us experience almost daily (e.g. while daydreaming), it has often been portrayed in films and television in ways that have been inaccurate and even alarming.

Hypnotherapy, when practiced by a well-trained, licensed healthcare professional, is safe. And it is often speedier than many other forms of treatment—both psychological and medical. Hypnosis has been used successfully to treat numerous psychological and physical problems and conditions. As a growing body of research shows, it has often surpassed other forms of therapy in terms of effectiveness, without the unwanted side-effects of medication. In our clinic, hypnosis is used to assist with various issues such as pain management, anxiety and panic attacks, and smoking cessation. Psychological weight-loss is another area in which services are offered, whereby emotional issues may lead to difficulties with losing or maintaining one's weight despite medical/dietician care.

For more information on hypnosis, visit the website for the Canadian Society for Clinical Hypnosis, Ontario division.