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Hypnotherapy and Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy:

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

During the first visit you will be given information on HRT, a treatment plan will be developed, and goals of treatment discussed.
Will I learn self-hypnosis? 

Your therapist may make tapes or recordings for you to use between sessions or as home practice. 

Recordings of sessions are frequently made and you will be encouraged to practice on a daily basis during treatment.
What can I expect?

Your therapist will likely complete a clinical interview in order to understand the history of your problems, and then develop a treatment plan. He or she will ask about past medical and psychological treatments, and determine if there are physical or emotional conditions that would contraindicate the use of HRT. 

The goal of Hypnosis Relaxation Therapy is increased empowerment to help you achieve what you want to accomplish. 

You cannot be hypnotized against your will or be made to do anything against your will.  While HRT involves a process of “letting go” of tension and stress, the goal is increased control of self and symptoms.

You will not spontaneously begin talking or revealing information that you do not wish to provide. You will be aware of what is going on around you and what suggestions your therapist is providing. You will be in control of your awareness during HRT and can terminate the hypnotic state at any time.
What is Hypnotherapy 
or Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy?

Hypnotherapy is sometimes referred referred to as      Hypnotic Relaxation 
Therapy(or HRT) 
because it involves 
the use of relaxation, 
mental imagery and 
suggestion for a 
therapeutic purpose.

HRT involves learning how to use your mind and thoughts in order to manage emotional distress (e.g., anxiety, stress), unpleasant physical symptoms (e.g., pain, nausea), or to help you change certain habits or behaviors (e.g., smoking, overeating).
The use of relaxation, mental imagery, and suggestion have been used in medicine and healing arts for centuries.
Ask your hypnosis provider about his or her training if you have any questions. 
How many   
sessions are needed?

Length of hypnotic treatment depends on the severity of the 
problem and your specific needs.  

HRT is often used with other psychotherapeutic methods, and usually involves at least five sessions, which may range to twenty or more sessions.

The goal of HRT is to empower the patient and that usually involves teaching how to use hypnotic relaxation methods in a way that increases personal control.

What issues tend to respond well to Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy?

Depression

Coping with stress

Anxiety Disorder

Coping with medical procedures 

Sexual problems

Self-esteem 

Menopausal symptoms

Sleep problems

Smoking cessation

Weight loss/control

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
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Chronic pain

Phobias

Insomnia

Burn therapy

Cancer side effects

Hot flashes

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Headaches

Low back pain 

Fibromyalgia

Bruxism

Pain management
How will I benefit from hypnotherapy?

HRT has been demonstrated to have wide range of benefits, from simply improving symptoms or difficulties, to completely eliminating them.

Most people describe hypnosis as a pleasant experience, during which they feel focused and absorbed in the hypnotic experience.

Your therapist will structure the suggestions based on your comfort and preference.

In Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy,
 you are given suggestions to achieve an altered state of awareness in which it is possible to reduce stress, manage pain, or respond to hypnotic suggestions to achieve greater control over behavior or symptoms.

Professional Resources

The American Psychological Association (APA)
http://www.apa.org/index.aspx

The American Society for Clinical Hypnosis
 www.asch.net

The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
http://www.sceh.us/

Baylor University Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory
http://www.baylor.edu/psychologyneuroscience/index.php?id=76174
http://www.baylor.edu/psychologyneuroscience/index.php?id=76174