What is Hypnosis vs. Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis is a natural but altered state of mind which has numerous beneficial characteristics. These beneficial characteristics include an extraordinary quality of physical and mental relaxation, heightened suggestibility, and an emotionalized desire to satisfy these suggestions.  By entering into a state of hypnosis anyone can communicate with and control their own conscious mind and subconscious mind. Think of your mind as a muscle. Hypnosis is your free weight set. By learning self hypnosis anyone can strengthen their mind, and use it's power for positive change. 

Hypnotherapists induce the hypnotic state in their client to increase motivation or alter behavior patterns through hypnosis. They consult with their client to determine the nature of the problem. They prepare their client to enter the hypnotic state by explaining how the hypnotic state works and what the client will experience. Hypnotherapists test their subjects to determine degrees of physical and emotional suggestibility. They induce hypnotic techniques of hypnosis based on interpretation of test results and analysis of client's problem. They may train client in self hypnosis techniques. 

Hypnotherapy refers to the use of hypnosis as a therapeutic tool.  Hypnotherapy clients may participate in a series of sessions in which they enter into the hypnotic state in order to reach their goals. 

Is Hypnotherapy safe?

Yes. Hypnotherapy refers to the use of hypnosis in a therapeutic context. Hypnosis is an altered state of mind that we all experience naturally without even noticing. When we lose track of time during a movie or day dream, we are experiencing hypnosis. We also pass through a hypnotic state at night as we fall asleep. 



While I'm in hypnosis will the hypnotherapist be able to control me?

While in hypnosis  you will remain fully in control. In fact in hypnosis people experience feeling more in control of themselves because their mind is focused, clear from distraction and they report being able to accomplish things they find difficult while not in hypnosis. 

Nobody can force you to do or say anything that you don't want you. 

What is Integral Hypnotherapy?

Integral Hypnotherapy is a client centered approach to hypnotherapy which was created at The Hypnotherapy Academy of America. It is a stylized approach to hypnotherapy that  integrates classical hypnosis with modern hypnotherapy techniques, and has philosophical foundations that stem from perennial wisdom traditions and a holistic health perspective. In integral hypnotherapy we see our clients as the co-hypnotherapists and work collaboratively with them to determine therapeutic goals and best approach.  Angel Black practices Integral Hypnotherapy. 

Is Hypnotherapy Alternative Medicine?

No, hypnotherapy is not alternative medicine. In recent years alternative health has been used as a term to describe many modalities and practices that aren't available through our Dr's office. 

However, hypnotherapy is complementary to western medicine. While hypnotherapy can be used as part of a holistic treatment plan, it should not be mistaken for an alternative to western medicine. 

If you are seeking to use hypnotherapy to reach health related goals, you should be prepared for your hypnotherapist to request a consultation from your licensed physician. This is for your safety and allows you access the best care. When used at the discretion of a treating physician, or mental health care professional, hypnotherapy can play a significant role an integrative plan of care. 

What is Medical Support Hypnotherapy?

Medical support hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis in a therapeutic manner by a certified medical support clinical hypnotherapist as part of an integrative healthcare plan. 

Your physician may feel that you would benefit from making healthy lifestyle changes, reducing pain perception, sleeping better or other reaching other health related goals such as lowering blood pressure, or losing weight.

A medical support hypnotherapist has special training in this type of hypnotherapy, and also understands how to work within the healthcare system, ensuring that your work with them is in line with your overall plan of care. Medical Support Hypnotherapy is used only as an adjunct to conventional medical treatment. 


What kinds of things is hypnotherapy used for?

It is impossible to list here all of the things that  hypnotherapy can be used for. However; if you have a problem, something you wish to change, a health challenge or goal you'd like to accomplish, hypnotherapy may be right for you. 

For information about common reasons people seek out hypnotherapy visit the services page. 

If you'd like to know if hypnotherapy is right for you, contact me to find out more. 

How old does a person need to be in order to participate in hypnotherapy?

There is not a specific age range that hypnotherapy can help.Children respond very well to hypnotherapy and depending on their development and cognitive abilities may participate in hypnotherapy as young as 5 years old, or in some cases even younger. 

Minors, under the age of 18, must be accompanied by an adult at all times and in cases of shared custody, both parents' permission may be required before hypnotherapy services can be rendered. 

However, seniors, children and everyone in between can benefit from hypnotherapy. 

To determine if hypnotherapy is right for your loved one, schedule a free consultation by contacting me today. 

Who can be hypnotized?

There are many myths about who can be hypnotized and who is or isn't susceptible. 

Most people find that they can successfully enter a hypnotic state with or without some measure of effort or practice on their part.  

A common misunderstanding is that hypnosis is something that is done to you. It isn't something that the practitioner does to you, or put you in or causes you to experience. Hypnosis is a state of mind, and entering it is a skill, that anyone who would like to, can learn- similar to meditation, though not the same. 

While there are many "susceptibility tests" published in books and on the internet, I do not use them in my practice. I work with my clients, and teach them how to enter the hypnotic state, offering coaching and guidance to make the practice easier.