Hypnotherapists in Oakland, CA

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Freedom from Social Anxiety Center
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Oakland, CA 94602  (Online Only)
At the Healing Anxiety Center, we use EMDR, Internal Family System and hypnotherapy to support relief from social anxiety.
Anxiety is a normal part of life and serves an important function of keeping us safe. When your body is anxious in response to a real threat then it is healthy anxiety. It becomes problematic when you find your anxiety is taking away your choices in life. When your body is creating more anxiety than the situation calls for. For instance, you want to meet new people but your afraid to “put yourself out there”. You want to have your opinion considered at work but are too nervous to speak up in meetings. You may struggle to make a phone call or leave your house because interactions with people are overwhelming.
At the Healing Anxiety Center, we use EMDR, Internal Family System and hypnotherapy to support relief from social anxiety.
Anxiety is a normal part of life and serves an important function of keeping us safe. When your body is anxious in response to a real threat then it is healthy anxiety. It becomes problematic when you find your anxiety is taking away your choices in life. When your body is creating more anxiety than the situation calls for. For instance, you want to meet new people but your afraid to “put yourself out there”. You want to have your opinion considered at work but are too nervous to speak up in meetings. You may struggle to make a phone call or leave your house because interactions with people are overwhelming.
(510) 726-0408 View (510) 726-0408
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Patricia Ann LaCocque
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Oakland, CA 94610  (Online Only)
Are you overwhelmed with negative thoughts, feeling depressed or anxious? No matter how hard you try, your life is still a struggle? I can help. When we are very young, we adapt to our environments to get our needs met for love and safety. And we continue to use those adaptions unconsciously as adults. I can help you understand your symptoms and help you change so that you may be more " in the moment" and experience more peace and joy. I teach Mindfulness, use Internal Family Systems Approach (IFS), EMDR and Hypnotherapy, and the Polyvagal theory.
Are you overwhelmed with negative thoughts, feeling depressed or anxious? No matter how hard you try, your life is still a struggle? I can help. When we are very young, we adapt to our environments to get our needs met for love and safety. And we continue to use those adaptions unconsciously as adults. I can help you understand your symptoms and help you change so that you may be more " in the moment" and experience more peace and joy. I teach Mindfulness, use Internal Family Systems Approach (IFS), EMDR and Hypnotherapy, and the Polyvagal theory.
(510) 369-0360 View (510) 369-0360
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Ryja (Rylan Jay) Testa
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Oakland, CA 94611
I personalize treatment for you, using a combination of insight oriented work, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, guided meditation, dream work, forest therapy, hypnotherapy, art, movement, and music therapies.
Serving Oregon & California. Are you contemplating or working through a major change, transition, or transformation? This could mean a shift in work, relationship, gender or sexual identity, spiritual perspective, health status, or a recent loss. When we are thrust into the unknown, finding a new way forward can feel confusing, overwhelming, scary, or uncertain. You might be unsure of what to do next, worry you have lost your way, or find it hard to trust you will land on your feet again. I specialize in working with people navigating major change. I walk alongside you in the mystery until you find your way to the other shore
I personalize treatment for you, using a combination of insight oriented work, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, guided meditation, dream work, forest therapy, hypnotherapy, art, movement, and music therapies.
Serving Oregon & California. Are you contemplating or working through a major change, transition, or transformation? This could mean a shift in work, relationship, gender or sexual identity, spiritual perspective, health status, or a recent loss. When we are thrust into the unknown, finding a new way forward can feel confusing, overwhelming, scary, or uncertain. You might be unsure of what to do next, worry you have lost your way, or find it hard to trust you will land on your feet again. I specialize in working with people navigating major change. I walk alongside you in the mystery until you find your way to the other shore
(707) 243-3293 View (707) 243-3293
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Noah Oderberg
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94618
Lastly, I specialize in Hypnotherapy, and I use hypnosis to treat a variety of Psychological symptoms and to help reduce distressing habits.
Are you struggling with depression, low self-confidence, or anxiety? Are you having difficulties in your relationships or at work? Are you finding it hard to cope with a loss, life transition, or illness? I have brought warmth, knowledge, and compassion to my work with individuals & couples for 25 years as a Psychologist. My approach to psychotherapy is to create a safe environment through listening and empathy that will enable you to talk about patterns in your life that are causing you distress. My goal is to help you achieve greater life satisfaction, healthier relationships & new sources of self worth.
Lastly, I specialize in Hypnotherapy, and I use hypnosis to treat a variety of Psychological symptoms and to help reduce distressing habits.
Are you struggling with depression, low self-confidence, or anxiety? Are you having difficulties in your relationships or at work? Are you finding it hard to cope with a loss, life transition, or illness? I have brought warmth, knowledge, and compassion to my work with individuals & couples for 25 years as a Psychologist. My approach to psychotherapy is to create a safe environment through listening and empathy that will enable you to talk about patterns in your life that are causing you distress. My goal is to help you achieve greater life satisfaction, healthier relationships & new sources of self worth.
(510) 404-8846 View (510) 404-8846
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Eva Healy
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, AMFT, MA
Verified
Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
I work experientially using the expressive arts, acceptance therapies (ACT), parts work (IFS), felt senses, compassion-focused therapy (CFT), somatic therapy, and hypnotherapy/ trance states to resource the body's innate capacity to heal.
Welcome! By landing here, you’ve taken a momentous first step towards loving and trusting yourself more fully. Whether you want to deepen your intimate relationships, express yourself more authentically, cultivate inner peace, heal from abuse or trauma, explore polyamory, address issues specific to your sexuality or gender identity, or so much more, I am here to help. With my collaborative approach, we will unlock your potential to set healthy boundaries, shift limiting beliefs, make peace with your body, navigate uncertainty, embrace paradox, transcend polarities, embrace “good enough,” and learn to dance in the rain so to speak.
I work experientially using the expressive arts, acceptance therapies (ACT), parts work (IFS), felt senses, compassion-focused therapy (CFT), somatic therapy, and hypnotherapy/ trance states to resource the body's innate capacity to heal.
Welcome! By landing here, you’ve taken a momentous first step towards loving and trusting yourself more fully. Whether you want to deepen your intimate relationships, express yourself more authentically, cultivate inner peace, heal from abuse or trauma, explore polyamory, address issues specific to your sexuality or gender identity, or so much more, I am here to help. With my collaborative approach, we will unlock your potential to set healthy boundaries, shift limiting beliefs, make peace with your body, navigate uncertainty, embrace paradox, transcend polarities, embrace “good enough,” and learn to dance in the rain so to speak.
(415) 993-8135 View (415) 993-8135
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The Loving Life Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611
I am trained in EMDR, Emotional Focus Therapy and Hypnotherapy to support clients move past traumas that are interrupting their life. My area of specialization is relational trauma. Common symptoms of relational trauma are social anxiety, generalized anxiety, feeling disempowered to create the life you want, a painful inner critic, and you may struggle to trust your choices especially in relationships.
I am trained in EMDR, Emotional Focus Therapy and Hypnotherapy to support clients move past traumas that are interrupting their life. My area of specialization is relational trauma. Common symptoms of relational trauma are social anxiety, generalized anxiety, feeling disempowered to create the life you want, a painful inner critic, and you may struggle to trust your choices especially in relationships.
(510) 380-8227 View (510) 380-8227
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John Connors McConville
Marriage & Family Therapist, MDiv, MA, LMFT, PhD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610
I have a number of tools I use in my work: Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, Somatic Interventions, Post Induction Therapy, & Interplay to develop creativity.
I work with people who face challenges that often arise but are not exclusive to the second half of life such as: the trauma of illness & death, caring for aging parents, loss of satisfaction or sense of meaning in relationships and work, loss of a job, and/or loneliness. I also work with folks suffering from love addiction or love avoidance. These challenges can often be baffling and carry symptoms such as depression, fear and anxiety. The rational mind may understand what is going on but somehow the emotional and physical body can't always take solace in rational solutions.
I have a number of tools I use in my work: Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, Somatic Interventions, Post Induction Therapy, & Interplay to develop creativity.
I work with people who face challenges that often arise but are not exclusive to the second half of life such as: the trauma of illness & death, caring for aging parents, loss of satisfaction or sense of meaning in relationships and work, loss of a job, and/or loneliness. I also work with folks suffering from love addiction or love avoidance. These challenges can often be baffling and carry symptoms such as depression, fear and anxiety. The rational mind may understand what is going on but somehow the emotional and physical body can't always take solace in rational solutions.
(415) 801-3943 View (415) 801-3943
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Valerie Veza,Lcsw
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CHT
Verified
Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
Hypnotherapy provides clients the ability to explore issues from a deep relaxed state, to find relief from life's challenges and achieve personal goals.
My intention is to create a comfortable, safe space for clients to explore, heal and grow. I have years of experience helping individuals in crisis due to a wide variety of life's challenges and traumas. I help those of you who suffer from physical pain, anxiety, depression, emotional crisis, stress, trauma, PTSD and many other common symptoms . My approach is tailoring my experience and skills in a compassionate, honest and direct manner, to facilitate your experience to balance, self-acceptance and wholeness.
Hypnotherapy provides clients the ability to explore issues from a deep relaxed state, to find relief from life's challenges and achieve personal goals.
My intention is to create a comfortable, safe space for clients to explore, heal and grow. I have years of experience helping individuals in crisis due to a wide variety of life's challenges and traumas. I help those of you who suffer from physical pain, anxiety, depression, emotional crisis, stress, trauma, PTSD and many other common symptoms . My approach is tailoring my experience and skills in a compassionate, honest and direct manner, to facilitate your experience to balance, self-acceptance and wholeness.
(510) 878-4260 View (510) 878-4260
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Leora Fulvio
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT, CCHT
Verified
5 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94608
I work with hypnotherapy, mindfulness, meditation as well as mindful self-compassion and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
If you are suffering with food & body image issues, issues of self-esteem & self-worth, relationship issues or dealing with trauma, I can help you. There are so many women who feel as though they are not enough. They believe that they somehow have to be better, look different, lose weight, be a whole different person to have a good relationship and a happy life. They beat themselves up constantly and are always trying to change. Do you understand this feeling? If so, I can help you have a loving relationship with yourself and settle into who you really are.
I work with hypnotherapy, mindfulness, meditation as well as mindful self-compassion and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
If you are suffering with food & body image issues, issues of self-esteem & self-worth, relationship issues or dealing with trauma, I can help you. There are so many women who feel as though they are not enough. They believe that they somehow have to be better, look different, lose weight, be a whole different person to have a good relationship and a happy life. They beat themselves up constantly and are always trying to change. Do you understand this feeling? If so, I can help you have a loving relationship with yourself and settle into who you really are.
(415) 649-8964 View (415) 649-8964
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Jamie Rizzo
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Oakland, CA 94618  (Online Only)
I have advanced training in Imago Relationship Therapy, EMDR, EFT, and Hypnotherapy.
You realize what you're doing no longer works for you. You are ready to learn new coping skills and techniques to reduce stress and anxiety. Life transitions have led you to this point, and you are seeking therapy to assist you in healing and moving forward into the life you want to live. You long to thrive! I believe that each person carries the resources within themselves to create the life they envision. You will learn to access your inner resources to navigate life experiences and deepen your connection to Self.
I have advanced training in Imago Relationship Therapy, EMDR, EFT, and Hypnotherapy.
You realize what you're doing no longer works for you. You are ready to learn new coping skills and techniques to reduce stress and anxiety. Life transitions have led you to this point, and you are seeking therapy to assist you in healing and moving forward into the life you want to live. You long to thrive! I believe that each person carries the resources within themselves to create the life they envision. You will learn to access your inner resources to navigate life experiences and deepen your connection to Self.
(510) 768-7252 View (510) 768-7252
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Kristie A Vogel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Oakland, CA 94606
I utilize hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, mindfulness, somatic awareness, and looking at our beliefs/thoughts as methods to help gain clarity.
Hi, I am an experienced therapist with over 25 years of working with individuals, groups, couples and families. If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, fear, sadness, anger, or confusion, and the serenity and peace in your life is being compromised, I have experience helping people work through and understand these emotions. You can come out on the other side. I believe that everyone is wise and has their own solutions within themselves. I am dedicated to helping you find your solutions and your inner wisdom, so that you can live your life with joy, peace and serenity.
I utilize hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, mindfulness, somatic awareness, and looking at our beliefs/thoughts as methods to help gain clarity.
Hi, I am an experienced therapist with over 25 years of working with individuals, groups, couples and families. If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, fear, sadness, anger, or confusion, and the serenity and peace in your life is being compromised, I have experience helping people work through and understand these emotions. You can come out on the other side. I believe that everyone is wise and has their own solutions within themselves. I am dedicated to helping you find your solutions and your inner wisdom, so that you can live your life with joy, peace and serenity.
(510) 358-8596 View (510) 358-8596
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Leonard Ferrara
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Oakland, CA 94615
I am also certified in Hypnotherapy and have completed additional training in EMDR and Stress Reduction Training.
Who Should Help the Very Special You? Interview several therapists either in person or by phone. Ask them how they've helped other people. Ask them how they will approach your specific needs. A Little Bit About Me! My life's work is dedicated to guiding individuals towards personal transformation and fulfillment of their ultimate potential. The most important thing is today. Are you unhappy today and hoping tomorrow will be better? Only you can make the changes today that will make you happy tomorrow - don't wait.
I am also certified in Hypnotherapy and have completed additional training in EMDR and Stress Reduction Training.
Who Should Help the Very Special You? Interview several therapists either in person or by phone. Ask them how they've helped other people. Ask them how they will approach your specific needs. A Little Bit About Me! My life's work is dedicated to guiding individuals towards personal transformation and fulfillment of their ultimate potential. The most important thing is today. Are you unhappy today and hoping tomorrow will be better? Only you can make the changes today that will make you happy tomorrow - don't wait.
(510) 599-8392 View (510) 599-8392
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Tameko Jones
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CHT
Verified
Oakland, CA 94610  (Online Only)
My techniques range from tried-and-true talk therapy to additional progress that can be facilitated by hypnotherapy.
As a licensed psychotherapist and certified hypnotherapist with over 20 + years of experience empowering women, my life’s purpose is to provide women a sanctuary. Whether easing anxiety, depression, grief, working through trauma or grappling with life’s hardest questions - I bring an open heart, deep compassion and proven therapy tools to ignite positive change. Having faced struggles myself, I have profound understanding for the issues my clients face on their journeys toward healing. My goal is to help women live their best lives.
My techniques range from tried-and-true talk therapy to additional progress that can be facilitated by hypnotherapy.
As a licensed psychotherapist and certified hypnotherapist with over 20 + years of experience empowering women, my life’s purpose is to provide women a sanctuary. Whether easing anxiety, depression, grief, working through trauma or grappling with life’s hardest questions - I bring an open heart, deep compassion and proven therapy tools to ignite positive change. Having faced struggles myself, I have profound understanding for the issues my clients face on their journeys toward healing. My goal is to help women live their best lives.
(628) 262-2567 View (628) 262-2567
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Georgina M. Nunez-Larraz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCHT, MSW
Verified
Oakland, CA 94609  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Gina Nuñez. I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Therapist and a Complex PTSD therapist. Complex PTSD stems from trauma over a long period, i.e., child abuse/neglect. Trauma is a mental and physical imprint caused by extreme stress. Your fight, flight or freeze response is often activated if you live with trauma. Your body, mind, and emotions remain on high alert. When trauma goes untreated, it can lead to low self-esteem and a negative outlook on life, yourself, and others. I can help you overcome your negative past to build a positive future. My email page on the website stopped working, so email me.
Hello, my name is Gina Nuñez. I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Therapist and a Complex PTSD therapist. Complex PTSD stems from trauma over a long period, i.e., child abuse/neglect. Trauma is a mental and physical imprint caused by extreme stress. Your fight, flight or freeze response is often activated if you live with trauma. Your body, mind, and emotions remain on high alert. When trauma goes untreated, it can lead to low self-esteem and a negative outlook on life, yourself, and others. I can help you overcome your negative past to build a positive future. My email page on the website stopped working, so email me.
(909) 340-3735 View (909) 340-3735
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Assaf Jaffe
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Oakland, CA 94602  (Online Only)
Congratulations, starting the journey towards seeking help is one of the biggest step. My name is Assaf Jaffe and over the past 20 years it has been my privilege to walk alongside client working to make changes. Having trained in Holistic Therapy at Native American Health Center I have tremendous experience with trauma, anxiety, depression and treating addictive disorders.
Congratulations, starting the journey towards seeking help is one of the biggest step. My name is Assaf Jaffe and over the past 20 years it has been my privilege to walk alongside client working to make changes. Having trained in Holistic Therapy at Native American Health Center I have tremendous experience with trauma, anxiety, depression and treating addictive disorders.
(628) 225-4590 View (628) 225-4590
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Annie Leah Lesny
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, APCC, MA
Verified
3 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610
I specialize in trauma-informed therapy for anxiety, depression, relational issues, childhood and lifespan trauma, and more. I understand that sometimes psychotherapy is sought out in a very challenging time of life, and I am here to offer support through that. I have specialized experience working with creatives of all kinds, in being a singer myself. With experience focusing on young adults as well, I offer guidance for the process of individuation that occurs during these formative years. I enjoy working with clients of all ages, ethnicities, abilities, gender identities, sexualities, and other intersectional identities.
I specialize in trauma-informed therapy for anxiety, depression, relational issues, childhood and lifespan trauma, and more. I understand that sometimes psychotherapy is sought out in a very challenging time of life, and I am here to offer support through that. I have specialized experience working with creatives of all kinds, in being a singer myself. With experience focusing on young adults as well, I offer guidance for the process of individuation that occurs during these formative years. I enjoy working with clients of all ages, ethnicities, abilities, gender identities, sexualities, and other intersectional identities.
(510) 296-3494 View (510) 296-3494
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Barbara Cox
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94618  (Online Only)
Is life feeling like a struggle? Let's work together to help you feel better than you have in a long time. We can work together to clear anxiety, relationship struggles, grief, work stress, uncover your strengths and purpose, enjoy your life again. If you feel stuck, afraid or down, we can work together to get you feeling calm and centered. I have specialties in treating anxiety disorders, as well as work stress and professional burnout. I enjoy working with many types of clients, + therapy to other therapists. Check out my book for women 'The Muse Process: Unleashing the Power of the Feminine'. I look forward to helping you!
Is life feeling like a struggle? Let's work together to help you feel better than you have in a long time. We can work together to clear anxiety, relationship struggles, grief, work stress, uncover your strengths and purpose, enjoy your life again. If you feel stuck, afraid or down, we can work together to get you feeling calm and centered. I have specialties in treating anxiety disorders, as well as work stress and professional burnout. I enjoy working with many types of clients, + therapy to other therapists. Check out my book for women 'The Muse Process: Unleashing the Power of the Feminine'. I look forward to helping you!
(510) 890-3327 View (510) 890-3327
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Freddie Barahona
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94612
Hello. Bienvenidos. If you find yourself in a difficult place in life and need extra support then you have come to the right place. I specialize in helping individuals seeking to heal from anxiety, depression, trauma, and life transitions. I have training in numerous modalities of therapy and I am committed to finding the one that works for you. Yo me especializo en tratar ansiedad, depresion, trauma, y problemas de relaciones. Incorporo muchas tecnicas distintas muy efectivas para que ud. pueda volver a retomar las riendas en su vida.
Hello. Bienvenidos. If you find yourself in a difficult place in life and need extra support then you have come to the right place. I specialize in helping individuals seeking to heal from anxiety, depression, trauma, and life transitions. I have training in numerous modalities of therapy and I am committed to finding the one that works for you. Yo me especializo en tratar ansiedad, depresion, trauma, y problemas de relaciones. Incorporo muchas tecnicas distintas muy efectivas para que ud. pueda volver a retomar las riendas en su vida.
(510) 945-3412 View (510) 945-3412
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Ella Ofori
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MPH
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610  (Online Only)
I work from a core belief that everyone has within themselves what they need for healing. I also believe that working in community helps to bring out and recall collective knowledge and understanding of what health, illness, and recovery are. I work collaboratively with you in supporting your process of understanding and integrating your life experiences, using a relational, strength-based, culturally attuned, community-centered process. *Please review my website for more information and faster response.*
I work from a core belief that everyone has within themselves what they need for healing. I also believe that working in community helps to bring out and recall collective knowledge and understanding of what health, illness, and recovery are. I work collaboratively with you in supporting your process of understanding and integrating your life experiences, using a relational, strength-based, culturally attuned, community-centered process. *Please review my website for more information and faster response.*
(415) 223-5461 View (415) 223-5461
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Inga Chegai
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern
Verified
Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
Axis Mundi would like to present Inga Chegai. Inga is Marriage and Family Therapist & PCC Associate supervised by Elysha Martinez LMFT93493. I work with trauma, depression, anxiety, abandonment issues, loss of purpose, identity, parts of self, insecurities, anger, PTSD, addiction, patterns in relationship. Most patterns in our responses to events, people and our behaviors are learned. How to unlearn learned behaviors if this is all you know? Why just understanding the problem will not change trauma? How can we use a challenge as a way to see what we need to work on? I can help to find answers to those questions.
Axis Mundi would like to present Inga Chegai. Inga is Marriage and Family Therapist & PCC Associate supervised by Elysha Martinez LMFT93493. I work with trauma, depression, anxiety, abandonment issues, loss of purpose, identity, parts of self, insecurities, anger, PTSD, addiction, patterns in relationship. Most patterns in our responses to events, people and our behaviors are learned. How to unlearn learned behaviors if this is all you know? Why just understanding the problem will not change trauma? How can we use a challenge as a way to see what we need to work on? I can help to find answers to those questions.
(510) 726-0137 View (510) 726-0137

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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.