Hypnosis is an evidence-based treatment that works especially well for pain control, management of anxiety and depression, habit change, and problems with sleep. It is not generally considered a therapy in and of itself, but can be extremely helpful when combined with other psychological or medical treatments.
Hypnosis teaches people how to create a state of heightened relaxation and focused attention which allows them to be more receptive to a variety of treatment interventions. It has been successfully used for centuries for pain control and can decrease post- surgical pain, nausea, fatigue and discomfort (Montgomery, 2007). In a study of 200 breast cancer patients at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Montgomery and his colleagues found that a hospital saved $772 for each patient that received hypnosis largely due to the reduced time these patients spent in surgery.
Not everyone benefits from hypnosis and research suggests that people vary in their “hypnotizibility,” a trait that can actually be measured by a standardized scale. There are a lot of misconceptions and misuses of hypnosis that have led to some distrust of this method by the general public and even mental health professionals. When used by a properly trained and ethical mental health practitioner, however, hypnosis can significantly improve the results of therapy and often help people achieve their goals more quickly. In many cases, children and teens respond particularly well to hypnosis because it is fun, teaches self-mastery, and does not involve lots of talking about difficult problems and feelings.
At Labyrinth Psychological Services, P.C. we offer Hypnosis services for:
- Hypnosis for children and adults by a psychologist who has received training through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH).
- Personalized hypnosis and audio programs for children and adults with cancer and chronic pain.
- Hypnosis workshops for groups and businesses.