Clinical Hypnosis

According to ASCH, 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.
While there is general agreement that certain effects of hypnosis exist, there are differences of opinion within the research and clinical communities about how hypnosis works.

Some researchers believe that hypnosis can be used by individuals to the degree they possess a hypnotic trait, much as they have traits associated with height, body size, hair color, etc. Other professionals who study and use hypnosis believe there are strong cognitive and interpersonal components that affect an individual's response to hypnotic environments and suggestions.
Recent research utilizing advanced forms of brain imaging support the view that hypnotic communication and suggestions effectively change aspects of the person’s physiological and neurological functions.
Practitioners use clinical hypnosis in three main ways. First, 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 his/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.
A second 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. The effectiveness of hypnosis appears to lie in the way in which it bypasses the critical observation and interference of the conscious mind, allowing the client's intentions for change to take effect.
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 individual responses vary. Link onto the ASCH website for more information at American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

 

What Can Be Treated With Clinical Hypnosis?
Clinical hypnosis treats both medical and psychological conditions as shown below:

 

Medical conditions treated by hypnosis:

 Lessen and in some cases alleviate symptoms of functional gastrointestinal disorders (IBS)

  • Lessening acute and chronic pain
  • Reducing the inflammatory process
  • Reducing anxiety before surgery and enhancing more rapid healing post-surgery

Psychological conditions treated by hypnosis:

  • Anxiety and stress management
  • Depression
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Self-esteem
  • Sleep disorders

 

What Will Happen To Me While I Am Being Hypnotized?
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.  This fails to take into account that stage hypnotists screen their volunteers to select those who are cooperative, highly receptive and are looking to enjoy an entertaining & often amusing experience in a public setting. People seeking clinical hypnosis are seeking to gain self-control over their minds and their bodies in a private and confidential setting. 
Another myth about hypnosis is that people lose consciousness and have amnesia. The majority of people remember everything that occurs in hypnosis. This is beneficial, because it will help you to use the mind/body connection skills you gain in the future.
In clinical hypnosis, the patient is not under the control of the clinical hypnotherapist. Hypnosis is not something imposed on people, but something they do for themselves. As a clinical hypnotherapist I will be guiding you to learn hypnosis in the office and from there you will learn to use hypnosis on your own. (See the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis ASCH

 

What Are Dr. Lei’s Credentials Regarding Clinical Hypnosis?

In 2004, Dr. Lei was certified by ASCH in the use of clinical hypnosis. She became an Approved Consultant for Clinical Hypnosis in 2009.  To maximize your results, Dr. Lei can record each clinical hypnosis session. This allows you to re-experience the session as frequently as you like in the privacy of your home. This independent practice reinforces the positive effects experienced during the session, which enhances your results.