Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis for therapeutic purposes. Hypnotherapy is widely used in the treatment of pain management, weight loss and managment, to reduce anxiety or depression, and to change behaviors such as smoking or overeating.
The term "hypnosis" comes from the Greek word hypnos, meaning "sleep." Hypnotherapists employ the use of exercises that bring about deep relaxation and an altered state of consciousness.
The use of hypnotherapy can actually teach people how to master their own states of awareness. By doing so they can affect their own bodily functions and psychological responses. A hypnotic state is characterized by heightened concentration, suggestibility, and relaxation.
Certain individuals are thought to be capable of achieving this state more readily than others. Some people respond better to hypnotic suggestion than others. Children are especially open to hypnosis and hypnotic suggestion.
Hypnosis may assist people in learning positive eating behaviors and creating healthy long-term patterns of food intake. With a practitioner you trust, hypnotherapy is completely safe, and an extremely powerful therapy. Hypnotherapy is also used with other therapeutic techniques such as used in behavior modification and cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Kelly Sergent, M.A. is both a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Hypnotherapist. She utilizes both traditional hypnotherapy and hypnotherapy that includes a strong cognitive-behavioral component. Listed below are a some techniques used in hypnotherapy. To schedule an appointment with Kelly Sergent, M.A. or if you would like more information regarding Hypnotherapy services, including fees, please contact APT at 304.302.0526.