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Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

How can hypnotherapy help you?

Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy can help clients make a meaningful change in their lives.

Hypnosis allows the sub-conscious to be more open to discussion and suggestion, and it can improve the success of other treatments for many conditions including smoking, overeating and weight-loss, phobias, fears, anxiety, sleep disorders, depression, stress, post-trauma anxiety, PTSD, grief, and loss. Hypnotherapy Services might also be beneficial for people whose symptoms are severe or are in need of crisis management.

Michael McGee provides Hypnotherapy Services for:

  • Anxiety and Stress Reduction
  • End Addiction
  • PTSD Treatment
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Treatment Compliance
  • Obesity, Eating, Weight Issues
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Regression Therapy
  • Hypnosis and Hynoanalysis
  • Stop Smoking
  • Sports performance enhancement
  • Study & testing skills improvement
  • Breaking relationship patterns
  • Relief of fears and phobias (public speaking, flying, etc.)
  • Spiritual discovery
  • Coaching & strategy to help you get what you want

Plus for Medical issues such as:

  • Preparation for surgery
  • Lessening symptoms of IBS, Fibromyalgia, etc.
  • Diminishing pain
  • Dealing with chronic illness

How can Hypnosis help you?

Stopping Smoking

Overcome Addiction

Pain Management

Stress Management

Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem

Overcoming Fears and Phobias

Public Speaking

Insomnia

Pediatric Hypnosis

AsthmaPanic and Anxiety Attacks

Academic Performance

Sports Performance

Memory and Recall

Weight Management

Sexual Dysfunction

Painless Childbirth

ADD/ADHD

Pre– and post–surgery

And other issues

 

Take Control of Your Life Today with Hypnotherapy!

Michael McGee does training workshops on various issues and techniques, and seminars.

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention. It is like using a magnifying glass to focus the rays of the sun and make them more powerful. Similarly, when our minds are concentrated and focused, we are able to use our minds more powerfully. Because hypnosis allows people to use more of their potential, learning self-hypnosis is the ultimate act of self-control.

Everyone has experienced a trance many times, but we don’t usually call it hypnosis. All of us have been so absorbed in thought –while reading a book, or riding the bus to work– that we fail to notice what is happening around us. While we were zoned out, another level of consciousness, which we refer to as our unconscious mind, took over. These are very focused states of attention similar to hypnosis.

Clinical hypnotists do essentially three things with hypnosis. They encourage the use of imagination. Mental imagery is very powerful, especially in a focused state of attention. The mind seems capable of using imagery, even if it is only symbolic, to assist us in bringing about the things we are imagining. For example, a patient with ulcerative colitis may be asked to imagine what her distressed colon looks like. If she imagines it as being like a tunnel, with very red, inflamed walls that are rough in texture, the patient may be encouraged in hypnosis (and in self-hypnosis) to imagine this image changing to a healthy one.

Another basic hypnotic method is to present ideas or suggestions to the patient. In a state of concentrated attention, ideas and suggestions that are compatible with what the patient wants seem to have a more powerful impact on the mind.

Finally, hypnosis may be used for unconscious exploration, to better understand underlying motivations or identify whether past events or experiences are associated with causing a problem. Hypnosis avoids the critical censor of the conscious mind, which often defeats what we know to be in our best interests.

Myths About Hypnosis

People often fear that being hypnotized will make them lose control, surrender their will, and result in their being dominated, but a hypnotic state is not the same thing as gullibility or weakness. Many people base their assumptions about hypnotism on stage acts but fail to take into account that stage hypnotists screen their volunteers to select those who are cooperative, with possible exhibitionist tendencies, as well as responsive to hypnosis. Stage acts help create a myth about hypnosis which discourages people from seeking legitimate hypnotherapy.

Another myth about hypnosis is that people lose consciousness and have amnesia. A small percentage of subjects, who go into very deep levels of trance will fit this stereotype and have spontaneous amnesia. The majority of people remember everything that occurs in hypnosis. This is beneficial, because the most of what we want to accomplish in hypnosis may be done in a medium depth trance, where people tend to remember everything.

In hypnosis, the patient is not under the control of the hypnotist. Hypnosis is not something imposed on people, but something they do for themselves. A hypnotist simply serves as a facilitator to guide them.

When Will Hypnosis Be Beneficial ?

We believe that hypnosis will be optimally effective when the patient is highly motivated to overcome a problem and when the hypnotherapist is well trained in both hypnosis and in general considerations relating to the treatment of the particular problem. Some individuals seem to have higher native hypnotic talent and capacity that may allow them to benefit more readily from hypnosis.

It is important to keep in mind that hypnosis is like any other therapeutic modality: it is of major benefit to some patients with some problems, and it is helpful with many other patients, but it can fail, just like any other clinical method. For this reason, we emphasize that we are not "hypnotists", but health care professionals who use hypnosis along with other tools of our professions.

Selecting a Qualified Hypnotherapist

As in choosing any health care professional, care should be exercised in selecting a hypnotherapist. Hypnosis and the use of hypnotic therapies are not regulated in most states, and hypnotherapists are, in most cases, not state licensed in hypnosis. Lay hypnotists are people who are trained in hypnosis but lack medical, psychological, dental or other professional health care training. A lay hypnotist may be certified and claim to have received 200 or more hours of training, but licensed health care professionals typically have seven to nine years of university coursework, plus additional supervised training in internship and residency programs. Their hypnosis training is in addition to their medical, psychological, dental or social work training. Careful questioning can help you avoid a lay hypnotist who may engage in fraudulent or unethical practices.

Ask if the person is licensed (not certified) in their field by the state. If they are not legitimately licensed, they probably lack the education required for licensure. Find out what their degree is in. If it is in hypnosis or hypnotherapy, rather than a state-recognized health care profession, the person is a lay hypnotist. Check for membership in the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis or the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (which are the only nationally recognized organizations for licensed health care professionals using hypnosis) as well as membership in the American Medical Association, the American Dental Association, the American Psychological Association, etc. Contact a state or local component section of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis to see if the person is a reputable member. If you have doubts about their qualifications, keep looking.

Life balance with hypnosis

Uses of Hypnosis in Medicine and Psychotherapy

  • Gastrointestinal Disorders (Ulcers, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis, Crohn’s Disease)
  • Dermatologic Disorders (Eczema, Herpes, Neurodermatitis, Pruritus [itching], Psoriasis, Warts)
  • Surgery/Anesthesiology (In unusual circumstances, hypnosis has been used as the sole anesthetic for surgery, including the removal of the gall bladder, amputation, cesarean section, and hysterectomy. Reasons for using hypnosis as the sole anesthetic may include: situations where chemical anesthesia is contraindicated because of allergies or hyper-sensitivities; when organic problems increase the risk of using chemoanesthesia; and in some conditions where it is ideal for the patient to be able to respond to questions or directives from the surgeon)
  • Pain (back pain, cancer pain, dental anesthesia, headaches  and migraines, arthritis or rheumatism)
  • Burns: Hypnosis is not only effective for the pain, but when hypnotic anesthesia and feelings of coolness are created in the first few hours after a significant burn, it appears that it
    also reduces inflammation and promotes healing. We believe that a second degree burn can often be kept from going third degree if hypnosis is used soon after the injury.
  • Nausea and Vomiting associated with chemotherapy and pregnancy (hyperemisis gravidarum)
  • Childbirth: Based upon our members' anecdotal evidence, approximately two thirds of women have been found capable of using hypnosis as the sole analgesic for labor.  This eliminates the risks that medications can pose to both the mother and child.
  • Hemophilia: Hemophilia patients can often be taught to use self-hypnosis to control vascular flow and keep from requiring a blood transfusion
  • Victims of Abuse (incest, rape, physical abuse, cult abuse)
    Other areas of application include: Allergies; anxiety and stress management; asthma; bed-wetting; depression; sports and athletic performance; smoking cessation; obesity and weight control; sleep disorders; Raynaud’s disease; high blood pressure; sexual dysfunctions; concentration, test anxiety and learning disorders.
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Uses of Hypnosis in Dentistry

  • Alleviating dental anxiety
  • Bruxism (grinding teeth)
  • Gag reflex control
  • Adjustment to oral appliances
  • Anesthesia
  • Chronic jaw pain
  • Improved healing

Quit Smoking with Hypnosis

You have not always been a smoker. You began life as a nonsmoker. Part of you is and always has been a nonsmoker. You have forgotten. Hypnosis will help you to remember who you truly are. Freedom from smoke is yours for the taking.
Stop Smoking with Hypnosis

Recently, the habit of smoking in our society is regarded by a majority of persons to be one of the most distasteful and intrusive behaviors in need of cure. The residual effects caused by this habit not only affect the smoker, but carry over to those who live, work or play in a relatively close proximity of the smoke.

When change is desired, it is not uncommon for a person to initially seek out a remedy that is the most easy to obtain. Before seeking hypnosis as a feasible therapy, quite often the person will try the patch, the gum, acupressure, acupuncture, etc; only to discover that maybe at best they’ve achieved only a temporary success in quitting. The reason for this is that using these methods to quit smoking entails an approach that uses only part of our mind. The part we call the conscious mind.

How can hypnosis help in the termination of smoking? Making an effort to stop smoking using only the conscious mind is a lot like doing a job with only part of the workforce. To successfully end this unnecessary habit it is suggested that we make use of what is called the ‘total mind’ approach. Resolving the separation of the minds and getting both the conscious and the subconscious mind to agree achieve this. This solution is easily achieved by using hypnosis.

What is hypnosis and how does it stop smoking? Hypnosis is an instrument that is used with great success globally in many areas, including smoking cessation. To put it more simply, hypnosis is a means of transportation used to convey an image, idea or concept into the subconscious mind. The exciting reality is that for behavioral change, only a light state of hypnosis needs to be achieved to successfully modify ones thoughts and desires about smoking. This light state of hypnosis is very similar to the state we all have experienced many times in our everyday lives and most persons will recognize as daydreaming. Through hypnosis, the cessation of smoking is achieved by pairing physical (relaxation) with Beta conscious activity (imagery) and integrating the correct suggestions at the correct time. When these things occur, hypnosis automatically happens. Moreover, often the effects of a single hypnosis session for the cessation of smoking have been known to last a lifetime!

What part does the client play? When using hypnosis to change a behavioral pattern such as, the cessation of smoking, it is important to emphasize the crucial part played by the client by which their own motivation, desire and willingness to succeed may make the difference between short-term versus long lasting results. Simply stated, ‘the more intense the want, the easier the how’. Before the formal induction of hypnosis is begun, it is strongly suggested to discuss how habits are formed and the idea that perhaps the client may previously have been be hypnotized into believing that they cannot stop the habit of smoking. And, they may have been continually re-enforced with that same harmful idea over and over and over again for more than thirty consecutive days thereby formulating, solidifying and embedding the negative habit into the subconscious mind that they cannot quit smoking. They are literally hypnotized into believing that they cannot have success in smoking cessation. It is the task of the hypnotist by way of rapport and technique to de-hypnotize a person by reaching their subconscious mind and changing the thoughts linked with smoking to the thoughts of a non-smoker. Then, the hypnotist will re-enforce the newly altered thoughts that will create a permanent, new thought pattern to that of a non-smoker.

The information above is based on information paraphrased from the Official Consumer Guide To Hypnotism. An easy-to-understand book, by over 30 leading International Hypnotists, Hypnotherapists, Authors, Columnists, & Teachers. It covers accurate hypnosis-related literature on nearly 50 topics. “The Official Consumer Guide To Hypnotism will be a treasure trove of information for the person who wants to obtain knowledge of this fascinating subject”- Ormond McGill, Dean of American Hypnotists.

Lose Weight with Hypnosis

You have not always been overweight. You began life with the weight nature intended. Part of you is and always has been a healthier, thinner you. You have forgotten. Hypnosis will help you to remember who you truly are. Freedom from weight is yours for the taking.

Recently, our society has seen larger numbers of persons who lead unhealthy lifestyles that result in weight gain. The health effects caused by this can result in serious problems such as high blood pressure or diabetes. We all desire to be happy and healthy.

When change is desired, it is not uncommon for a person to initially seek out a remedy that is the most easy to obtain. Before seeking hypnosis as a feasible therapy, quite often the person will try many diets and supplement “quick fixes” only to discover that maybe at best they’ve achieved only a temporary success. The reason for this is that using these methods to reduce weight entails an approach that uses only part of our mind. The part we call the conscious mind.

How can hypnosis help in the reduction of weight? Making an effort to
lose weight using only the conscious mind is a lot like doing a job with only part of the workforce. To successfully take off the weight and keep it off, it is suggested that we make use of what is called the ‘total mind’ approach. Resolving the separation of the minds and getting both the conscious and the subconscious mind to agree achieve this. This solution is easily achieved by using hypnosis.

What is hypnosis and how does it help? Hypnosis is an instrument that is used with great success globally in many areas, including smoking cessation, weight loss, and habit control. To put it more simply, hypnosis is a means of transportation used to convey an image, idea or concept into the subconscious mind. The exciting reality is that for behavioral change, only a light state of hypnosis needs to be achieved to successfully modify ones thoughts and desires about healthier habits. This light state of hypnosis is very similar to the state we all have experienced many times in our everyday lives and most persons will recognize as daydreaming. Through hypnosis, the successful reduction of weight is achieved by pairing physical (relaxation) with Beta conscious activity (imagery) and integrating the correct suggestions at the correct time. When these things occur, hypnosis automatically happens. Moreover, often the effects of a single hypnosis session for weight reduction have been known to last a lifetime!

What part does the client play? When using hypnosis to change a behavioral pattern such as, overeating, craving sweets, or exercising more frequently, it is important to emphasize the crucial part played by the client by which their own motivation, desire and willingness to succeed may make the difference between short-term versus long lasting results. Simply stated, ‘the more intense the want, the easier the how’. Before the formal induction of hypnosis is begun, it is strongly suggested to discuss how habits are formed and the idea that perhaps the client may previously have been be hypnotized into believing that they cannot stop their unhealthy habits. And, they may have been continually re-enforced with that same harmful idea over and over and over again for more than thirty consecutive days thereby formulating, solidifying and embedding the negative habit into the subconscious mind that they cannot quit overeating, etc. They are literally hypnotized into believing that they cannot have success in weight loss. It is the task of the hypnotist by way of rapport and technique to de-hypnotize a person by reaching their subconscious mind and changing the thoughts linked with unhealthy habits to the thoughts of a thinner, happier, healthier person. Then, the hypnotist will re-enforce the newly altered thoughts that will create a permanent, new thought pattern to that of a thinner person.

Lose Weight with Hypnosis