Hypnotherapists in Phoenix, AZ

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Gil Gershon Tivon
Counselor, PhD
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85014
I hold 2 PhD's in holistic counseling & psychological counseling, specializing in Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy.
Are you feeling lost, challenged, confused, hurt? I work with people who face an ongoing challenge or struggle in any of the 4 areas of life: career, health, love and relationship, or spirituality. I help you understand your challenge, and work through it, define and achieve your goals, purpose and meaning.
I hold 2 PhD's in holistic counseling & psychological counseling, specializing in Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy.
Are you feeling lost, challenged, confused, hurt? I work with people who face an ongoing challenge or struggle in any of the 4 areas of life: career, health, love and relationship, or spirituality. I help you understand your challenge, and work through it, define and achieve your goals, purpose and meaning.
(623) 233-0278 View (623) 233-0278
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Mike Greenwell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DBH, LCSW, RPT-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85014
I work with clients throughout the course of the life span. I have skills for working with both youth and adults. I have been working in the helping professions since 2003. And a licensed provider from 2011. I personalized the treatment to each client and each need. I offer both long term and short term treatment options: EMDR, ACT, DBT, TF-CBT, CBT, Hypnotherapy, Play Therapy, SandTray Therapy, and Solution Focused Interviewing.
I work with clients throughout the course of the life span. I have skills for working with both youth and adults. I have been working in the helping professions since 2003. And a licensed provider from 2011. I personalized the treatment to each client and each need. I offer both long term and short term treatment options: EMDR, ACT, DBT, TF-CBT, CBT, Hypnotherapy, Play Therapy, SandTray Therapy, and Solution Focused Interviewing.
(602) 560-7402 View (602) 560-7402
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Rebecca (Becca) Basaleh
CHT
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85006
We offer goal achieving hypnotherapy which can aide in habitual change, thought patterns, and health concerns.
Our purpose is to be of service to others in their healing and spiritual journey. All aspects of the mind, body, soul, and spirit are addressed within transpersonal hypnotherapy. Many of our clients seek us out for anxiety relief and inner child healing. Our clients typically achieve their intended goals within 1-3 hypnotherapy sessions. Our clients are individuals that are willing to introspect, take accountability, and are ready to embrace the benefits of change.
We offer goal achieving hypnotherapy which can aide in habitual change, thought patterns, and health concerns.
Our purpose is to be of service to others in their healing and spiritual journey. All aspects of the mind, body, soul, and spirit are addressed within transpersonal hypnotherapy. Many of our clients seek us out for anxiety relief and inner child healing. Our clients typically achieve their intended goals within 1-3 hypnotherapy sessions. Our clients are individuals that are willing to introspect, take accountability, and are ready to embrace the benefits of change.
(623) 294-5424 View (623) 294-5424
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Joleena Abrams
CMEMI, CCTSA, CLC, MA
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85018  (Online Only)
She uses state of the art therapies, based off of the newest research, such as Hypnotherapy, Multichannel Eye Movement Integration (MEMI), EMDR (Bilateral Stimulation), CBT, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Restoration Therapy techniques and the CSAT model.
Joleena is Certified in the Treament of Sexual Addiction, is a Certified Betrayal Trauma Coach, a Certified Clinical Trauma and Addiction Specialist, with an Masters of Psychology in Grief Counseling, and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. Joleena specializes in helping couples working through betrayal and addiction of all kinds. She also works with clients that are struggling with anxiety, addictive behaviors, depression, PTSD, emotional abuse, mental abuse and trauma of various kinds. Her passion is to provide a safe space for her clients and to walk hand-in-hand with them, guiding them through the healing process.
She uses state of the art therapies, based off of the newest research, such as Hypnotherapy, Multichannel Eye Movement Integration (MEMI), EMDR (Bilateral Stimulation), CBT, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Restoration Therapy techniques and the CSAT model.
Joleena is Certified in the Treament of Sexual Addiction, is a Certified Betrayal Trauma Coach, a Certified Clinical Trauma and Addiction Specialist, with an Masters of Psychology in Grief Counseling, and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. Joleena specializes in helping couples working through betrayal and addiction of all kinds. She also works with clients that are struggling with anxiety, addictive behaviors, depression, PTSD, emotional abuse, mental abuse and trauma of various kinds. Her passion is to provide a safe space for her clients and to walk hand-in-hand with them, guiding them through the healing process.
(619) 349-7159 View (619) 349-7159
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Amanda Lugo
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, CYT
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85014
I am trained in EMDR, DBT, Gottman couples counseling, trauma-informed treatment, and hypnotherapy.
Accepting new clients! I will be with you during the most difficult phases of your life. You set the goals, and I will guide you to reach them. I help you navigate challenging experiences and relationships, including but not limited to emotional, physical, or sexual abuse. Jñāna Behavioral Health provides cutting-edge treatment and comprehensive services for trauma resolution. It is okay to have support while you learn to adapt and explore your own power. Imagine enjoying a life of greater happiness and peace.
I am trained in EMDR, DBT, Gottman couples counseling, trauma-informed treatment, and hypnotherapy.
Accepting new clients! I will be with you during the most difficult phases of your life. You set the goals, and I will guide you to reach them. I help you navigate challenging experiences and relationships, including but not limited to emotional, physical, or sexual abuse. Jñāna Behavioral Health provides cutting-edge treatment and comprehensive services for trauma resolution. It is okay to have support while you learn to adapt and explore your own power. Imagine enjoying a life of greater happiness and peace.
(602) 781-1262 View (602) 781-1262
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Integrative Mind-Body Solutions, LLC
CHT, RMT
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85007  (Online Only)
Hypnotherapy explores the subconscious in discovering hidden core beliefs.
Helping to uncover the root cause of distress by addressing painful mental states such as avoidance, isolation, people-pleasing, low self-esteem, confusion, worry, stress, and anxiety while working together to come up with a customized plan to manage the situation to feel more in control and live a happier more fulfilling life. Our approach is direct, positive & uplifting using a customized therapeutic approach in a supportive and accepting manner. We believe that through education along with a focused therapeutic approach yields the most successful results and I am there every step of the way.
Hypnotherapy explores the subconscious in discovering hidden core beliefs.
Helping to uncover the root cause of distress by addressing painful mental states such as avoidance, isolation, people-pleasing, low self-esteem, confusion, worry, stress, and anxiety while working together to come up with a customized plan to manage the situation to feel more in control and live a happier more fulfilling life. Our approach is direct, positive & uplifting using a customized therapeutic approach in a supportive and accepting manner. We believe that through education along with a focused therapeutic approach yields the most successful results and I am there every step of the way.
(415) 787-4912 View (415) 787-4912
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Gary Breuer
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, EMDR-C, ACHt
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85032
I am certified in EMDR, Brainspotting and Clinical Hypnotherapy, powerful mind-body therapies which facilitate healing at a deep/core level (not just symptom management). I integrate these modalities with talk therapies, however, results typically occur in much less time than traditional talk therapy alone.
I am certified in EMDR, Brainspotting and Clinical Hypnotherapy, powerful mind-body therapies which facilitate healing at a deep/core level (not just symptom management). I integrate these modalities with talk therapies, however, results typically occur in much less time than traditional talk therapy alone.
(480) 758-2552 View (480) 758-2552
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The Healing Quest Clinical Counseling Hypnotherapy
Pastoral Counselor, CCHt, REV, DDIV
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85032
The combination of Hypnotherapy and Cognitive training facilitates recovery.
The Healing Quest specializes in the Relief & Remission of Anxiety/Panic Attacks from session 1. THQ ideal client has experienced the gamut of the traditional medical/mental health approach of managing anxiety/panic attacks, often through medications, and is now ready to eradicate once and for all the debilitating, life robbing attacks. THQ has created a unique and effective protocol utilizing hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioral training which allows you to end anxiety/panic attacks in 3-7 sessions. After first session you will not experience a full blown panic attack, for the majority they are alleviated.
The combination of Hypnotherapy and Cognitive training facilitates recovery.
The Healing Quest specializes in the Relief & Remission of Anxiety/Panic Attacks from session 1. THQ ideal client has experienced the gamut of the traditional medical/mental health approach of managing anxiety/panic attacks, often through medications, and is now ready to eradicate once and for all the debilitating, life robbing attacks. THQ has created a unique and effective protocol utilizing hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioral training which allows you to end anxiety/panic attacks in 3-7 sessions. After first session you will not experience a full blown panic attack, for the majority they are alleviated.
(480) 725-5850 View (480) 725-5850
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Dean Hebert
MEd, MGCP, CHT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85001
My eclectic approach blends proven strategies from applied sports psychology, counseling and hypnotherapy.
My coaching improves confidence, focus, composure, resiliency, trust, and overall mental toughness. All performers want to perform confidently, control emotions, perform fearlessly, perform best in competition, embrace competition. I start with a comprehensive assessment then I create a custom game plan for our sessions. My clients want to perform at their best - freely - without mind games. My programs help athletes, coaches, youth athlete parents and performers from all disciplines (dance, theater, public speaking).
My eclectic approach blends proven strategies from applied sports psychology, counseling and hypnotherapy.
My coaching improves confidence, focus, composure, resiliency, trust, and overall mental toughness. All performers want to perform confidently, control emotions, perform fearlessly, perform best in competition, embrace competition. I start with a comprehensive assessment then I create a custom game plan for our sessions. My clients want to perform at their best - freely - without mind games. My programs help athletes, coaches, youth athlete parents and performers from all disciplines (dance, theater, public speaking).
(480) 470-9790 View (480) 470-9790
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Mindset Sports Psychology
MS, CHT
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Adam uses a combination of talk therapy, psychological skills, and hypnotherapy to help his clients reach their potential, eliminating inside and outside interference.
Adam Berry has been involved in sports for over 20 years and has a Masters in Sports Psychology as well as being a certified hypnotherapist. His wealth of knowledge includes a successful history as a soccer coach at the college and professional ranks, as well as being a player himself. Adam has worked extensively with athletes of all ages and skill levels, from youth sport through to the professional ranks. He also works with ASU Athletics. His experience as a player and coach gives him a valuable insight into the daily challenges athletes and sports professionals face.
Adam uses a combination of talk therapy, psychological skills, and hypnotherapy to help his clients reach their potential, eliminating inside and outside interference.
Adam Berry has been involved in sports for over 20 years and has a Masters in Sports Psychology as well as being a certified hypnotherapist. His wealth of knowledge includes a successful history as a soccer coach at the college and professional ranks, as well as being a player himself. Adam has worked extensively with athletes of all ages and skill levels, from youth sport through to the professional ranks. He also works with ASU Athletics. His experience as a player and coach gives him a valuable insight into the daily challenges athletes and sports professionals face.
(480) 418-4474 View (480) 418-4474
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Kaye Bahr
BAPsy, LC, CCHt, MBWP, RMT
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85029  (Online Only)
In my coaching and hypnotherapy practice, I use a wide range of coaching techniques, alternative modalities, and a set of tools specific to your unique needs.
Accepting New Clients- Hello and welcome to this next step in your journey! I appreciate your willingness to make yourself a priority. I have worked as a personal coach and clinical hypnotherapist for the past 6 years and am passionate about working with individuals from all walks of life. I am committed to helping people work through their stress, anxiety, anger, depression, guilt, and grief to help them become their best version. I am a firm believer that our past experiences do not have to predict our future or define who we are.
In my coaching and hypnotherapy practice, I use a wide range of coaching techniques, alternative modalities, and a set of tools specific to your unique needs.
Accepting New Clients- Hello and welcome to this next step in your journey! I appreciate your willingness to make yourself a priority. I have worked as a personal coach and clinical hypnotherapist for the past 6 years and am passionate about working with individuals from all walks of life. I am committed to helping people work through their stress, anxiety, anger, depression, guilt, and grief to help them become their best version. I am a firm believer that our past experiences do not have to predict our future or define who we are.
(480) 771-6604 View (480) 771-6604
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A.R.I.S.E. Community Solutions
Licensed Associate Counselor
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85021
Marta Fraser (LPC - Hypnotherapy and Accelerated Resolution Therapy) Missy Bordenkircher (LAC - Sand Tray, Play and Perinatal Mental Health) Betty James (LPC - Family ages 5+, Couple, and Marriage Group Therapy) Morgan Devlin (LMSW - Trauma Focused Therapy).
ARISE is a non-profit organization that strives to provide healing services to individuals, couples, and families, veterans and first responders. We offer counseling services ages 5+. Additionally, an Intensive Outpatient Program is available for 18+. Our providers use a variety of theoretical perspectives and modalities. The patients’ situation, needs, culture, and spiritual prospective are taken into consideration. ARISE has a Psychiatrist, Licensed Professional and Associate Counselors, Licensed Social Workers, BHTs, Veteran Peer Support, and Case Managers are on staff to best meet the needs of the community.
Marta Fraser (LPC - Hypnotherapy and Accelerated Resolution Therapy) Missy Bordenkircher (LAC - Sand Tray, Play and Perinatal Mental Health) Betty James (LPC - Family ages 5+, Couple, and Marriage Group Therapy) Morgan Devlin (LMSW - Trauma Focused Therapy).
ARISE is a non-profit organization that strives to provide healing services to individuals, couples, and families, veterans and first responders. We offer counseling services ages 5+. Additionally, an Intensive Outpatient Program is available for 18+. Our providers use a variety of theoretical perspectives and modalities. The patients’ situation, needs, culture, and spiritual prospective are taken into consideration. ARISE has a Psychiatrist, Licensed Professional and Associate Counselors, Licensed Social Workers, BHTs, Veteran Peer Support, and Case Managers are on staff to best meet the needs of the community.
(602) 671-0966 View (602) 671-0966
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Janet Patterson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MFT, MSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85028  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I have extensive experience helping people make positive change in their lives utilizing a comprehensive approach. Treatment modalities include solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnotherapy, and EMDR. My ideal client is anyone who wishes to live a happier, healthier life.
I have extensive experience helping people make positive change in their lives utilizing a comprehensive approach. Treatment modalities include solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnotherapy, and EMDR. My ideal client is anyone who wishes to live a happier, healthier life.
(262) 332-4137 View (262) 332-4137
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Kathleen McCauley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LISAC, CHT
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85044
I specialize in hypnotherapy and rapid transformational therapy to help you get to the root cause/belief that's holding you back.
With a background in crisis, residential & psychiatric treatment centers; I help individuals who feel stuck and powerless in their lives. Whether this manifests as addiction, anxiety, low self esteem & confidence, insomnia, poor health, over-stressed, feeling unfulfilled in relationships, unexplained infertility, wanting more out of life but not sure how to get there; you have the power to change it and I will guide you through the transformation. I utilize an integrated mind/body/spirit approach. I can help you reach your goals & live a fulfilled life because it is available to you & you are worth it!
I specialize in hypnotherapy and rapid transformational therapy to help you get to the root cause/belief that's holding you back.
With a background in crisis, residential & psychiatric treatment centers; I help individuals who feel stuck and powerless in their lives. Whether this manifests as addiction, anxiety, low self esteem & confidence, insomnia, poor health, over-stressed, feeling unfulfilled in relationships, unexplained infertility, wanting more out of life but not sure how to get there; you have the power to change it and I will guide you through the transformation. I utilize an integrated mind/body/spirit approach. I can help you reach your goals & live a fulfilled life because it is available to you & you are worth it!
(520) 231-2893 View (520) 231-2893
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Daniel Nightingale
PhD, ADHP, CHT, CBT(P), NPT - C
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85016
With over 30 years of experience, I am a clinician specializing in treating trauma caused by combat, physical, sexual and verbal abuse and other related causes. My model - The Nightingale Model for the Treatment of Trauma - is an eclectic approach which combines Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) with Hypnotherapy. This process puts you at the center with the ultimate goal of empowering you to take back control of your life. All approaches are unique based on something I call a Shared Action Plan (SAP). Together, we will build your individual strategy.
With over 30 years of experience, I am a clinician specializing in treating trauma caused by combat, physical, sexual and verbal abuse and other related causes. My model - The Nightingale Model for the Treatment of Trauma - is an eclectic approach which combines Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) with Hypnotherapy. This process puts you at the center with the ultimate goal of empowering you to take back control of your life. All approaches are unique based on something I call a Shared Action Plan (SAP). Together, we will build your individual strategy.
(480) 646-4409 View (480) 646-4409
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Complex Trauma & Stress Recovery - Brent Peak LPC
MSPC, LPC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Navigating life's challenges can leave you feeling disconnected and overwhelmed. I'm committed to guiding you toward healing and resilience. When you work with me, we'll delve into the heart of your emotional and relational turmoil, transforming it into self-awareness and strength. My approach is rooted in understanding your unique journey, aiming to restore balance and peace through personalized, effective strategies. Together, we'll embark on a path of growth, empowering you to reclaim a fulfilling, peaceful life.
Navigating life's challenges can leave you feeling disconnected and overwhelmed. I'm committed to guiding you toward healing and resilience. When you work with me, we'll delve into the heart of your emotional and relational turmoil, transforming it into self-awareness and strength. My approach is rooted in understanding your unique journey, aiming to restore balance and peace through personalized, effective strategies. Together, we'll embark on a path of growth, empowering you to reclaim a fulfilling, peaceful life.
(623) 244-7524 View (623) 244-7524
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Dr. Elise Dossaji
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85012  (Online Only)
Do you feel stuck? I understand that seeking therapy is a personal and often courageous choice. Life is constantly changing and navigating those changes on your own can be difficult. I offer a compassionate, non-judgmental, and confidential space where you can share your thoughts, feelings, and concerns. Together, we'll work collaboratively to develop a tailored approach that suits your unique needs and goals. I'm here to help you build resilience, enhance self-esteem, and cultivate positive relationships. I am committed to creating an inclusive, safe, and affirming environment for clients of all backgrounds.
Do you feel stuck? I understand that seeking therapy is a personal and often courageous choice. Life is constantly changing and navigating those changes on your own can be difficult. I offer a compassionate, non-judgmental, and confidential space where you can share your thoughts, feelings, and concerns. Together, we'll work collaboratively to develop a tailored approach that suits your unique needs and goals. I'm here to help you build resilience, enhance self-esteem, and cultivate positive relationships. I am committed to creating an inclusive, safe, and affirming environment for clients of all backgrounds.
(623) 462-0319 View (623) 462-0319
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Benegent Health: Deborah L Woodard, Healing Artist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LISAC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85028  (Online Only)
Grief and Life Transition Specialist- Specialized Therapy for Prolonged Grief and Loss, Life Transitions and Change, Uplifting Treatment for Depression, Work Toxicity. I am a Great Listener, Champion of Your Healing. I am Client Directed with interest in promoting life changing well-being through the positioning of strengths, courage, and the heroic journey of the individual. Through existential transformation and discovery of the goodness and competence within oneself, positive and meaningful change occurs. Happiness blossoms. Relief From Emotional Pain
Grief and Life Transition Specialist- Specialized Therapy for Prolonged Grief and Loss, Life Transitions and Change, Uplifting Treatment for Depression, Work Toxicity. I am a Great Listener, Champion of Your Healing. I am Client Directed with interest in promoting life changing well-being through the positioning of strengths, courage, and the heroic journey of the individual. Through existential transformation and discovery of the goodness and competence within oneself, positive and meaningful change occurs. Happiness blossoms. Relief From Emotional Pain
(602) 428-7129 View (602) 428-7129
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Joanne Babich
Psychologist, MA, PhD, ABPP
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85015
I hold National Board Certification as a Clinical Psychologist in AZ. Psychotherapy with me helps you discover your preconscious tools. These tools improve your life's journey toward self-actualization. You may be struggling with stress or matters of the heart. You may have a psychological diagnosis for moods, anxiety, trauma or depression. I consult with high functioning clients, such as the very successful or aspiring professionals who want to improve personal strengths and coping skills. Forensic consults are seen through lawyers or Courts. Telepsychology is for counseling now. EMDR is on hold, as no in person help occurs .
I hold National Board Certification as a Clinical Psychologist in AZ. Psychotherapy with me helps you discover your preconscious tools. These tools improve your life's journey toward self-actualization. You may be struggling with stress or matters of the heart. You may have a psychological diagnosis for moods, anxiety, trauma or depression. I consult with high functioning clients, such as the very successful or aspiring professionals who want to improve personal strengths and coping skills. Forensic consults are seen through lawyers or Courts. Telepsychology is for counseling now. EMDR is on hold, as no in person help occurs .
(602) 786-8853 View (602) 786-8853
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Wellness Empowerment Solutions
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LISAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85082  (Online Only)
With over 20 years of experience dedicated to helping clients enhance their lives, my practice has helped people from all different backgrounds. My passion lies in sharing what I like to call "mental health superpowers" that have the potential to bring about remarkable transformations. I'm excited to embark on this journey with you!
With over 20 years of experience dedicated to helping clients enhance their lives, my practice has helped people from all different backgrounds. My passion lies in sharing what I like to call "mental health superpowers" that have the potential to bring about remarkable transformations. I'm excited to embark on this journey with you!
(602) 755-6687 View (602) 755-6687
HypnoTherapy

How does hypnotherapy work?

Hypnotherapy works by using guided hypnosis to help you reach a state of focus and concentration through mental imagery and soothing verbal repetition. The state is somewhat like being absorbed in a book, a movie, or your own thoughts. You are not under a therapist’s “control,” but they can help you relax and turn your attention inward to discover the resources to achieve behavior change or better manage psychological concerns. Therapy sessions may involve guiding you through recognizing a problem, releasing problematic thoughts about it, and considering and accepting more productive alternatives before returning to normal awareness. Hypnotherapy is typically used by a therapist along with traditional forms of talk therapy. Eventually, your therapist can help you learn hypnotherapy techniques yourself so you can establish a stronger sense of control on your own in stressful or challenging moments.

Is hypnotherapy the same as hypnosis?

Hypnotherapy, which is sometimes called hypnotic suggestion, is a therapeutic technique in which a therapist uses hypnosis to help patients. It is not the kind of hypnosis portrayed in stage shows, or in movies or on television. You will not be unconscious or asleep during hypnotherapy, you will not lose control of yourself, your thoughts, or your free will, and you will be able to fully recall your experience. And while you will hear your therapist’s suggestions, it is always up to you to decide whether to act on them. Hypnosis by a trained mental-health professional is not a form of mind control, which is impossible to achieve anyway.

Can everyone be hypnotized?

The most common challenge of hypnotherapy is that as many as one in four people cannot be hypnotized. Brain imaging has confirmed differences in patterns of brain connectivity between those who respond to hypnotism and those who do not. Other people who could potentially be hypnotized may not respond to the technique because of their skepticism or resistance to entering a hypnotic state. If a therapist’s “post-hypnotic suggestion” is effective, it’s because they are suggesting something you want to achieve.

Does hypnotherapy work?

Through hypnotherapy, you can achieve changes that are real and sustainable. Like other talk therapy techniques, when hypnotherapy succeeds, it’s a case of mind over matter. Effective hypnotherapy involves self-healing because you access resources you need to change inside of yourself and learn how to tap into them whenever you need. Hypnotherapy has been shown to be an effective therapy for anxiety, phobias, stress, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual dysfunction, and undesirable behaviors like smoking. It can be used to help improve sleep or to address relationship challenges, and to aid with pain management, digestive disorders, skin conditions, and the gastrointestinal side effects of pregnancy or chemotherapy.