What is Hypnosis? Hypnosis brings about deep relaxation and an altered state of consciousness known as a trance. Many people routinely experience a trance-like state while they are watching television or are driving on the highway and miss their exit.
Do you Lose Control When Under Hypnosis? Under hypnosis you do not lose control of your mind or free will. On the contrary, during hypnosis, a person's body relaxes while his or her thoughts become more focused and attentive. You are always conscious while under hypnosis and you can open your eyes whenever you feel uncomfortable. You are in total control.
Hypnosis can actually teach people how to master their own states of awareness and by doing so learn how to affect their own bodily functions and psychological responses.
What Does Hypnosis do? 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. The combination of deep relaxation, guided imagery and suggestion, is a powerful combination that can result in significant symptom reduction and behavioral change.
What Symptoms and Behaviors Can Hypnosis Treat? If you are trying to quit smoking, for example, a therapist's suggestion may successfully convince you that in the future you will have a strong dislike for the taste of cigarettes. Or, if you are a compulsive eater, hypnosis can condition you to eat smaller healthy meals and reduce snacking. People who have panic attacks, through hypnosis can learn cognitive techniques to alleviate anxiety associated with driving over a bridge or irrational fears of getting stuck in an elevator or on a plane. Hypnosis can assist in the treatment of conditions such as addictions, insomnia, irrational fears, pain management, past trauma, psycho-somatic complaints, smoking, and stress and weight loss. Hypnosis is very help for treating panic attacks and other forms of anxiety. Psychiatrists, family practitioners and other psychologists refer individuals to Dr. Klein when other types of treatments have failed.
Hypnosis typically works best when combined with insight oriented psychotherapy. To achieve permanent psychological change, one must first discover the root cause of their maladaptive symptoms. To use an analogy, while turning off the fire alarm does make it less noisy, it neither puts out the fire or prevents its reocurrence.
(203) 915-0601 [email protected] Dr. Martin Klein, Ph.D., Psychologist Westport, CT and Branford, CT