A number of therapists in Massachusetts are certified in hypnotherapy. It is used in medicine and psychotherapy as an adjunct in treating many conditions.
Hypnotherapy can be used as an adjunct to almost any form of individual psychotherapy. Hypnotherapy simply refers to the use of hypnosis as part of the psychotherapy or medical process. Hypnotherapy is best administered by a licensed professional who also holds a special certification in hypnosis conferred by either his/her professional association or a national credentialing body such as the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, then applied within the professional’s field of expertise.
Brief History of Hypnotherapy
Hypnosis and hypnotherapy have a very interesting history and go back perhaps as long as centuries. Though the phenomenon was not always referred to as hypnotherapy until the 19th Century when the term was coined from the Greek word “hypnos” meaning sleep. This term was not meant to imply a state of unconsciousness (hypnotic patients remain conscious and in control of themselves), but rather a state of altered consciousness.
At that time it was being used in Europe primarily for the treatment of “hysterias”. For a time it fell into disrepute largely because churches were suspicious of its “powers”, often linking it to a demonic practice. However, it rose to legitimate status once again during World War I when it was often used as a battlefield analgesic. There are many claims about hypnotherapy that are not endorsed by mainstream professionals such as past life regressions and the retrieval of repressed memories. Nevertheless, there are many widely accepted applications in medicine and psychotherapy today and hypnotherapy is widely practiced in MA. Some of the more common applications of hypnotherapy include:
- The promotion of relaxation as part of a stress management program
- Desensitization to specific phobias by means of covert desensitization when physical exposure to the phobia is impractical
- An adjunct in habit control programs
- The management of chronic pain
- As a primary or secondary analgesic in childbirth and in rare cases general surgery
- As part of the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder
- As an adjunct in promoting peak performance in athletes
Hypnotherapy Options in MA
There are certainly other applications but these are the ones most commonly associated with hypnotherapy in psychotherapy or medical practice. If this is something you would like to explore, please call us.
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