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CJ is an active member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. This society was originally founded by Milton Erickson, originally a Wisconsin local and world renown leader in clinical hypnosis.

Applications of Hypnosis*

Hypnosis is a very useful tool to enhance the effectiveness and positive outcomes of a variety of medical, surgical, dental or psychological treatments. It is said that over 85% of all medical illnesses have an emotional component, and it is well known that emotional issues can create or contribute to physical problems which may not be completely addressed with conventional treatments. While medication or psychotherapy alone certainly is beneficial, the additional use of hypnosis is synergistic as it addresses the mind-body related hidden blockages to wellness, improves clinical outcomes and speeds the healing process.

 

The following is a list of some psychological, medical, dental issues that may benefit from hypnosis:

 
  • Academic and Athletic Performance

  • Acute and Chronic Anxiety

  • Ego Strengthening, Self Confidence

  • Habits such as Smoking, Drinking, the Use of Recreational Drugs, Nail biting, Hair pulling

  • Phobias

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 

  • Sexual Trauma and Dysfunction Issues

  • Family and Generational Issues

  • Relationship Issues

  • Asthma and Allergies

  • Autoimmune Diseases

  • Burns and Emergencies

  • Cancer: Chemo or Radiation Therapy Side Effects

  • Child Birth and Other Obstetrical/Gynecological Issues 

  • Dermatologic Disorders: Rashes, Warts, Itching

  • Dental: Gagging, Bruxism,

  • Phobias

  • Diabetic Blood Sugar Control

  • Eating Disorders 

  • Headaches: Tension and Migraine

  • Healing

  • Heart Disease and Vascular Control

  • Hiccups 

  • Hypertension

  • Healing

  • Insomnia and Sleep Disorders

  • Irritable Bowel Problems

  • Incontinence and Bed Wetting

  • Post-Operative Urinary Retention

  • Neurologic: Bell’s Palsy, Strokes, Control of GI Hemorrhage, Neuropathic Pain

  • Pain Control (and Reduction of Acute and Chronic Pain)

  • Pediatric problems 

  • Phobias: Dental, Stage Fright, Fear of Flying and More  

  • Preparing for Surgery, Insertion of IV needles, Using Less Anesthesia

  • Swallowing Pills

  • Tinnitus

  • Temporomandibular Joint Pain

There are certainly more issues that can be treated than are on this short list.

​References:

1. Elvira Lang, MD and Eleanor Laser, PhD. Patient Sedation without Medication. Self-Published, 2009.

2. Dabney M. Ewin MD, and Bruce N. Eimer PhD. Ideomotor Signals for Rapid Hypnoanalysis. Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, 2006 Page 3

3. Herbert Spiegel, MD and David Spiegel, MD. Trance and Treatment: Clinical Uses of Hypnosis. American Psychiatric Publishing Inc. 2004.

4. Michael S. McGee LPC, DCH. Addictions Hypnosis. Bookmasters Inc. 1999.

5. Donald C. Brown, MD. Advances in the Use of Hypnosis for Medicine, Dentistry and Pain Prevention/Management. Crown House Publishing Ltd. 2009.

6. Michael D. Yapko PhD. Hypnosis and Treating Depression, Applications and Clinical Uses. Routledge. 2013.

7. D. Corydon Hammond PhD. Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors. W.W. Norton and Company. 1990

 

Hypnosis FAQ*

Q: What is hypnosis?

A: According to American Psychological Association, Division 30 (Society of Clinical Hypnosis) hypnosis is defined as: “A state of consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness characterized by an enhanced capacity for response to suggestion.” (2015). Some maintain that hypnosis is not really a state of consciousness, but involves a set of skills and interventions that a trained clinician uses to elicit trance for therapeutic purposes. Trance is a natural human phenomenon that everyone experiences. For instance, daydreaming, being absorbed in a movie that seems life-like, getting lost in an engaging novel, or perceiving time fly by or crawl at a snail’s pace, all involve trance phenomenon. Hypnosis interventions intentionally elicit trance experiences for productive and therapeutic purposes for treating both medical and mental health disorders as well as enhancing performance (e.g., athletes, public speakers, performing artist).

Q: Is there a difference between hypnosis and trance?

A: Many licensed clinical professionals who employ hypnosis in their practice maintain that these two terms are synonymous. In essence for them, hypnosis is trance, and trance is hypnosis. As noted above, there are others who distinguish between the two terms and identify hypnosis as a set of procedures, interventions, or a set of skills that promote the facilitation of trance for therapeutic purposes. Trance is a natural human experience that occurs for most people during most of their “waking” day, and can be evidenced by daydreaming, getting lost in thought, being absorbed in a movie, music, or a conversation, or forgetting what you were about to do as you entered a room. Trance facilitated through hypnosis promotes access to the unconscious mind and its vast resources of knowledge, skills, and abilities within a person that may be challenging to access during more conscious states of mind. Trance also involves a suspension of critical thinking and judgment (typically associated with the conscious mind) permitting a greater sense of openness to suggestions offered by the clinician (aka hetero-hypnosis) or by the individual on their own (aka self-hypnosis).

 

Q: Can everyone be hypnotized?

A: Everyone, including young children, naturally experience trance during their “waking” day. Consequently, most people can benefit from hypnosis. Like most human traits and abilities, some people are naturally gifted when it comes to hypnosis and can be quantified as more hypnotizable. Research suggests that higher intelligence and creativity are factors that increase an individual's natural hypnosis ability. These individuals possess talents and abilities that allow them to go into trance more readily and perhaps more deeply than others. It is however a skill that almost everyone can learn. Some individuals are generally considered to be poor candidates for hypnosis, and include individuals with histories of intellectual disorders, dementia, and psychosis since they lfind it harder to focus their attention in ways that facilitate therapeutic trance.

 

Q: Is stage hypnosis real?

A: Stage hypnotists are certainly capable of enhancing and facilitating trance experiences in their volunteers. Here’s how they do that: First they request volunteers from the audience (providing a ripe selection of people who are willing to “expose” themselves in front of a group of strangers). Then they introduce the concept of “inductions” and “suggestions” to this selective group of volunteers. A series of suggestions are offered ranging from simple physical suggestions (“your arms are getting heavy as they hold this bucket of water”) to more a more complex experience involving visual hallucinations (“the audience is sitting in their underwear”). If volunteers fail to respond to a suggestion they are informed that when they are “touched on their shoulder they will then find their way back to their seat.” Essentially, stage hypnotists guarantee a selection of highly hypnotizable people that respond to more complicated suggestions.

 

Q: Do weak-minded people make better subjects for hypnosis?

A: No. “weak-mindedness” has nothing to do with the ability to benefit from hypnosis. In fact, therapeutic benefits of hypnosis are typically appreciated by people who are mentally stable despite their presenting psychological and/or medical challenges.

 

Q: What is self-hypnosis?

A: Self-hypnosis involves the independent facilitation and promotion of trance. Many clinicians encourage their patients and clients to use self-hypnosis as it promotes a sense of independence, confidence, and practice that allows hypnosis to be more effective for meeting treatment goals. CJ will often provide his clients with audio recordings of each session that include suggestions for using self-hypnosis.

 

Q: What will I remember, if anything, after hypnosis?

A: Anything and everything that is necessary for your conscious mind to recall. It is a misnomer that recalling portions of a hypnosis session indicate that hypnosis was ineffective. Most people recall many, if not all, things after hypnosis is terminated. At times, however, it may be helpful for a clinician to suggest that someone not remember an experience during hypnosis as it may be traumatic and difficult for them to manage, though this is the exception and not the rule for hypnosis.

Q: Will I be asleep?

A: Hypnosis generally involves a state of relaxation and physical comfort that facilitates a trance state that is not intended to promote sleep. In fact, during trance, part of the mind can remain very active and absorbed. Most people recall many details of their experience during trance while appreciating that they were not fully alert or sound asleep.

 

Q: Will I reveal any personal secrets during hypnosis?

A: Hypnosis is not a truth serum. You will retain full control over what you say. Individuals in trance reveal no secrets that they would not otherwise reveal in a waking state.

 

Q: What are some benefits of hypnosis?

A: There are many benefits that can be appreciated with hypnosis including, but not limited to the following: pain management, control of unwanted habits, depression, improved athletic performance, healthier sleep, improved energy, resolution of various skin conditions including warts and psoriasis, enuresis, phobias, digestive disorders including Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and hot flashes.

 

Q: How can I find a qualified professional who uses hypnosis?

A: There are several organizations and individuals who advertise themselves as competent, qualified, and even certified hypnotherapists. Unfortunately, there are few, if any, state laws regulating the practice of hypnosis. The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis provide certification for licensed medical and mental health professionals that requires at least 40 hours of continuing education in hypnosis, 20 hours of individual consultation with an Approved Consultant through the association, and a minimum of two years of experience using clinical hypnosis in their practice. Websites for both organizations maintain an active listing of certified clinicians.

Choosing a Qualified Clinician*

There are two categories of those that use hypnosis in their practice:

  • Professionally licensed health care providers - trained/certified in hypnosis

  • Non-licensed/registered/lay hypnotherapists – no professional healthcare license

Licensed health care providers hold a recognized professional license in fields like medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, dentistry, chiropractic, and therapy. In addition to all the years of training for an advanced degree required in their field or expertise for licensure, board certification, and mandatory ongoing continued education, further training and/or certification is obtained in hypnosis. Many will also become members of one or more professional organizations dedicated to providing training, ethics guidelines and certifications in hypnosis and related areas.

The two most prestigious hypnosis certifying bodies in the professional field are the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.

Non-licensed/registered/lay hypnotherapists do not have professional licensing in health care fields as mentioned above. Wisconsin does not require registration with the state before hypnosis can be practiced. The lack of regulatory oversight makes it possible for lay hypnotherapists to take a weekend course or complete self-study with a non-accredited hypnosis schools/programs and call themselves a “hypnotherapist” in Wisconsin. The significant difference between a professionally licensed health care provider and a lay- hypnotherapist is the increased level of education, training, experience, background, and accountability associated with the licensed health care provider which the lay-hypnotherapist simply does not have. Additionally, lay hypnotherapists cannot bill their services to insurance companies because they lack appropriate qualifications and credentialing.

*Adapted or provided by America Society of Clinical Hypnosis