Hypnotherapy at our New Haven Hypnosis Clinic

Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis by a certified skilled practitioner for the betterment of their client’s life. Acupuncture can often be combined with hypnosis to further enhance the effect, the two together are even more powerful. Clinical hypnotherapy is recognized as a safe and direct way to access your subconscious mind, uncover areas of conflict and limitation, and reprogram for new beginnings. You may build self-esteem, heal childhood traumas, reduce stress, stop addictive patterns, clear phobias, and even relieve sleep disorders. Medically it is used for the reduction of chronic pain and to augment or even replace anesthesia. If you have never tried hypnosis, be assured that is a natural and safe process with much research behind it. Call for a phone consultation. This may be just the answer you are looking for.

Hypnotherapy 60 minutes – $125
Hypnotherapy with acupuncture, cold laser, or aromatherapy 60 minutes – $125

Common issues that hypnotherapy addresses are:

  • Stop smoking / smoking cessation
  • Weight loss
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Self esteem
  • Stress reduction
  • Anxiety
  • Anger management
  • ADD & ADHD
  • Fears & phobias
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • ED / impotence
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Sleep disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Addictions
  • Bedwetting
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Indigestion (dyspepsia)

What is hypnotherapy?

The term “hypnosis” is derived from the Greek word Hypnos, meaning “sleep.” Hypnotherapists typically use exercises that bring about deep relaxation and an altered state of consciousness, also known as a trance. Many people routinely experience a trance-like state while they are watching television or sitting at a red light. A person in a trance or deeply focused state is unusually responsive to an idea or image, but this does not mean that a hypnotist can control the person’s mind and free will. On the contrary, hypnosis can actually teach people how to master their own states of awareness. By doing so they can affect their own bodily functions and psychological responses.

How does hypnosis work?

When something new happens to us, we remember it and learn a particular behavior in response to that circumstance. Memories stored in our brains hold the original physical and emotional reactions that occurred when the given memory was first formed. Each time similar events occur again, the physical and emotional reactions attached to the memory are repeated. These reactions may be inappropriate or unhealthy. In some forms of hypnotherapy, the trained therapist guides you to remember the event that led to the first reaction, separate the memory from the learned behavior, and reconstruct the event with new, healthier associations. During hypnosis, a person’s body relaxes while their thoughts become more focused and attentive. Like other relaxation techniques, hypnosis decreases blood pressure and heart rate, and alters certain types of brain wave activity. In this relaxed state, a person will feel very at ease physically yet fully awake mentally. In this state of deep concentration people are highly responsive to suggestion. If you are trying to quit smoking, a therapist’s suggestion may successfully convince you that in the future you will have a strong dislike for the taste of cigarettes. There are several stages of hypnosis. The process begins with reframing the problem; becoming relaxed, then absorbed (deeply engaged in the words or images presented by a hypnotherapist); dissociating (letting go of critical thoughts); responding (complying whole-heartedly to a hypnotherapist’s suggestions); returning to usual awareness; and reflecting on the experience.

What happens during a visit to the hypnotherapist?

During your first visit to a hypnotherapist, you will be asked about your medical history and what brought you to see them — what condition it is that you would like to clear up. You will then be directed through relaxation techniques with a series of mental images and suggestions intended to change behaviors and alleviate symptoms. People who suffer from panic attacks may be given the suggestion that, in the future, they will be able to relax at will. The hypnotherapist may also teach you the basics of self-hypnosis.

How many treatments will I need?

Each session lasts about an hour, and most people begin to improve within 4 – 10 sessions. Together, you and your hypnotherapist will monitor and evaluate your progress over time. Children (aged 9 – 12), because they are easily hypnotized, tend to respond positively to hypnosis after only one or two visits.

What illnesses or conditions respond well to hypnosis?

Hypnosis is used in a variety of settings — from emergency rooms to dental offices to outpatient clinics — to relieve conditions with an emotional or psychological component. Clinical studies suggest that hypnosis may improve immune function, increase relaxation, decrease stress, and ease feelings of anxiety. Hypnotherapy is effective in reducing the fear and anxiety that accompany pain and uncomfortable medical or dental procedures. For example, when used during an operation, hypnosis may improve recovery time and decrease anxiety as well as pain following the surgery. Clinical trials on burn patients suggest that hypnosis decreases pain (enough to replace pain medication) and speeds healing. Generally, clinical studies indicate that using hypnosis can lessen your need for medication, improve your mental and physical condition before an operation, and reduce the time it takes to recover. Dentists also use hypnotherapy to control gagging and bleeding. A hypnotherapist can teach you self-regulation skills. For instance, someone with arthritis may be told that they can turn down pain like the volume on a radio. Hypnotherapy can also be an effective tool for managing chronic illness. Self-hypnosis can enhance a sense of control, which is often eroded by chronic illness. Children may benefit the most from hypnosis, probably because they are most easily hypnotized. Clinical studies on children in emergency treatment centers show that hypnotherapy reduces fear, anxiety, and discomfort and improves self-control and cooperation with medical personnel.