Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Hypnosis is a much-misunderstood method of treatment with a long history. It is both benign and effective and is used routinely for habit control and pain management. It is also used in combination with cognitive behavioral therapy and insight oriented therapy.

Because of the way it is presneted in fiction may people think it weird or frightening, but people who allow themselves to be hypnotized are usually very surprised at how normal it feels, not at all what they expected. They report it feels the same as when they become deeply absorbed in something. And people usually find it very relaxing and peaceful.

Hypnosis has been used as a form of anesthesia in surgery and to help people tolerate what would otherwise be painful medical procedures. It has been used to help people stop smoking and control other habits. Hypnosis can have a very powerful anti-anxiety and anti-stress effect because when the mind focuses on something peaceful, the body relaxes. It has an important place in the treatment of such disorders as irritable bowel syndrome and headache.

One important part of using hypnosis is teaching self-hypnosis, so people are not dependent on a therapist to use hypnosis for their problems.

While not everyone is equally hypnotizable, most people mistakenly believe they cannot be hypnotized. Studies have shown that motivation plays a large part in the benefits that can be had from hypnosis. And most people can benefit from hypnosis.