What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis often conjures up images of people under a spell acting silly and performing embarrassing acts. While in movies, you may have seen someone hypnotized to do terrible things without consciously knowing. Or, hypnosis may just seem like some strange therapy in which you lose control. Despite the misconceptions, hypnosis is actually a very helpful tool in which people can significantly benefit.
Hypnosis, or hypnotherapy, is a therapeutic tool that relies on a trance state to produce change. This change may be in your thinking, emotions and/or behavior. Hypnosis relies on your imagination, focused attention and suggestibility. With the assistance of a hypnotherapist, you are guided into a trance like state in which you are given specific suggestions to help you solve a problem. Individuals vary on the depth of trance they experience; however, most can benefit from hypnosis. You may want to overcome a phobia, reduce your stress, lessen pain, improve your mood, or enhance your sports performance. There are so many ways that hypnosis has helped people.
What happens during a hypnosis session?
Dr. Mazzei is a Clinical Psychologist and certified hypnotherapist who has used hypnosis to help many people with psychological and health issues. When you first meet with her, she will talk to you about your specific concern. She will educate you on hypnosis and answer any questions you have. Dr. Mazzei will collaboratively develop a plan with you to address your issue. When you feel comfortable and ready, she will begin the process. You should feel relaxed throughout hypnosis. You will be in control and will never be asked to do anything that you are not comfortable doing. Afterward, you will discuss how the process went for you and determine if there is a need for future sessions.
How can hypnosis help me?
Hypnosis is considered an evidence-based treatment for many conditions, including: