We experience the mental state called “hypnosis” every day. The experience is a natural one – the kind of daydreamy moment we experience when we’re lost in thought, when we’re drifting off into sleep, or when we’re experiencing a particularly deep feeling of relaxation. People can experience this state of mind when in a meaningful moment of meditation or prayer, during yoga classes, or in absentminded times when driving or doing some other activity that doesn’t require a lot of conscious attention.
As an example, imagine you are walking down a hallway with an interesting friend as your friend tells you about her recent funny escapade. The story is absorbing; you delight in every word. With your attention fully on your friend, you take out your keys, enter the living room, and sit down – taking complex, goal-direction action all without thinking. Through this whole time your mind was split – a conscious energy maintaining the attention you give your friend, a second part managing your environment, making choices, and acting. This process is always within your control, but outside the need for your constant full attention.
When a person engages in hypnosis, the thinking, striving, verbal part of the self becomes quiet and the abstract, symbolic, non-verbal side of the self is allowed its own expression. Because it is the process of using a nature part of our mind’s abilities, the experience of hypnosis feels familiar. This is meant to be. There is nothing supernatural about hypnosis; it is simply a way humans are able to experience the world, influence their physical natures, and perhaps to gain wisdom and make changes as a result of accessing the part of the self that underlies our thoughts.
Cognitive Hypnotherapy may be used to address anxiety, depression, fears, stress management, existential concerns, and other issues related to one’s sense of inner well-being.
In Cognitive Hypnotherapy, a patient is able to examine the beliefs that underlie unhelpful thoughts while in a hypnotic state. In this relaxed period of quiet reflection and deep attention, insights regarding one’s beliefs and assumptions can be made. Cognitive procedures can be administered while in the hypnotic state, or they can be discussed and worked on while in the typical waking state.
Smoking Cessation & Weight Loss
At times, patients seek hypnotherapy for issues such as weight loss, smoking cessation, and other habitual problems. Research shows that hypnosis is most likely to be effective for these issues when it is added to a complete, multifaceted program that broadly addresses this program. Patients at the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Center of New Orleans seeking hypnotherapy for such issues will be offered a comprehensive program that may include hypnotherapy and other elements as part of an effective, research-informed treatment package.
Hypnosis for Medical Issues
Overwhelming evidence shows that hypnosis can be an effective treatment to help individuals deal with medical concerns. The ultimate in mind-body medicine techniques, hypnosis can help patients manage chronic and acute pain (such as the pain of childbirth), reduce nausea during pregnancy and other circumstances, speed wound healing, and improve the outcomes of many medical procedures and surgical outcomes. Scientific evidence is convincing that hypnosis can help reduce swelling and inflammation and can also improve the body’s immune responses. Hypnosis is not meant to replace any of your medical care, but it can make traditional medical care more likely to succeed with less pain, faster recovery, and a greater sense of personal well-being.