Hypnosis is a natural state of focused attention and absorption. People spontaneously move in and out of hypnotic-like states daily. If you ever get so involved in reading, daydreaming, watching a movie, playing a videogame, or working on a project that you are unaware of other things or lose track of time, then you have experienced hypnosis.
Hypnosis is not sleep. You remain awake, aware, and in control at all times while learning and using hypnosis. You choose whether or not to enter hypnosis. When you are in hypnosis you choose whether or not to accept suggestions.
In clinical hypnosis, a licensed healthcare professional helps you enter hypnosis and offers therapeutic suggestions.
In self-hypnosis, you take over the role of guiding yourself into hypnosis, reminding yourself of helpful suggestions, and coming back to full awareness of your environment.
Research shows that adding hypnosis increases therapy’s effectiveness. In hypnosis, mind and body work together more effectively so that treatment for problems such as anxiety, stress, tension, pain, insomnia, and other problems may be faster or more successful.
Do not use hypnosis with anyone else or for entertainment or out of curiosity.
American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH)
The ASCH is the largest U.S. organization for health and mental health care professionals using clinical hypnosis. Dr. McMahon has been a member of ASCH for over 30 years and has been certified by ASCH as an Approved Consultant.
For more information see:
The Society of Psychological Hypnosis
The Society of Psychological Hypnosis is division 30 of the American Psychological Association (APA), Dr. McMahon is a long time member of the APA. For more information see:
- The Society of Psychological Hypnosis home page