Clinical hypnosis is a form of treatment that has ancient roots. It is now practiced in modern medical and psychological contexts. Hypnosis done by a trained clinician involves the alteration and focusing of consciousness and attention so that changes in the physical and emotional or psychological experience of the patient can occur easily. The conscious mind is relaxed to a point where the unconscious mind can surface and be effectively changed. At no time does the client lose consciousness and all the methods are explained beforehand so that the client can learn eventually how to apply hypnosis for themselves.
Often the clinician will record the session(s) for the client’s personal use and training as well as provide some written information on the methods used. As the unconscious mind becomes more available, the clinician and client can address issues of memory, motivation, dynamic relationships, emotional blockages and certain physical symptoms. This form of hypnosis is very useful for some forms of PTSD, complex memory retrieval issues from the past, many phobic symptoms that result in fearful and avoidant behaviors. Hypnosis is also used in some medical conditions. Hypnosis along with other behavioral techniques, is also useful for troublesome habits such as hair pulling, smoking cessation, teeth grinding/TMJ and sleeping problems. In addition to hypnosis, meditative therapies have great value and are a technique that can be learned concurrently with clinical hypnosis.