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The Power of Hypnotherapy: A Guide to Healing

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Hypnotherapy, often misunderstood and underestimated, can be an invaluable tool in addressing various mental and physical health conditions. In this article, we will delve into what hypnotherapy is, what hypnosis entails, and address some common questions about this therapeutic approach. By the end of this discussion, you'll have a clearer understanding of how hypnotherapy can be a gateway to a healthier and more fulfilling life.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic technique that involves a qualified and experienced clinician guiding you into a voluntary state of relaxed and focused attention. This state of heightened suggestibility can help you make positive changes in your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Importantly, during a hypnotherapy session, you remain in control of your thoughts and actions. You can hear and respond to the therapist's suggestions, and you have the freedom to reject them if they make you uncomfortable.

Hypnotherapy can be utilized either as a standalone treatment or in combination with other therapeutic approaches such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). This flexibility makes hypnotherapy an extremely effective means of overcoming obstacles that may be hindering you from creating the life you desire.

Understanding Hypnosis

Hypnosis is the method used to induce the client into a relaxed, suggestible state during a hypnotherapy session. In this state, the therapist can offer post-hypnotic suggestions to alleviate various symptoms. It may also involve age regression, where the client revisits past experiences to gain insight and heal emotional wounds.

Common Questions about Hypnotherapy

Will I remember what happened when I am hypnotized?

Yes, you will remember the session. You will always be able to hear the clinician's voice and have the ability to wake yourself up if you wish. Hypnotherapy does not render you unconscious.

Can everyone be hypnotized?

Yes, everyone has the capacity to be hypnotized. Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that resembles getting lost in an engaging activity, like scrolling through social media.

Am I in control of myself during hypnotherapy?

Absolutely. Hypnotherapists establish rapport with their clients, creating a foundation of trust. Suggestions are developed collaboratively, ensuring that you remain in control of your experience.

Is hypnotherapy or hypnosis like what we see in movies or shows?

No, hypnosis in real life is far from the sensationalized portrayals in movies. It is a therapeutic tool used for healing and personal growth.

How will I know if I am under hypnosis?

Signs of being in a hypnotic state include deep relaxation and slowed breathing. In a clinical setting, clients can choose their preferred position, whether sitting upright, with their feet up on an ottoman, or lying on a couch.

What can Hypnotherapy help me with?

Hypnotherapy can address a wide range of issues, including but not limited to:

  • Anxiety and fears such as flying, animals, or driving

  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Habits like nail biting, hair pulling, or skin picking

  • Chronic pain including pre and post-surgical concerns

  • Strengthening resourceful states

  • Insomnia and difficulty sleeping

  • Smoking cessation

  • Weight "release"

Sessions are typically conducted in person, with the option to record them for home listening. The duration of a hypnotherapy session is typically one hour, during which clients are given time to be fully grounded before driving home. 


The key takeaway from this discussion is the importance of a strong therapeutic alliance and a foundation of trust between you and your hypnotherapist. Asking questions and gaining a deeper understanding of the process can empower you to develop the precise language for suggestions, ultimately leading to a sense of calm and adaptability. Hypnotherapy can be a life-changing tool for those seeking positive change in their mental and physical well-being.

Written by Michelle Gegwich, LCSW along with our Director, Gordon Gooding, LCSW


Please join us in congratulating our very own, Michelle Gegwich on winning the category of Best Hypnotherapist in the Bethpage Best of Long Island 2024 contest! We are honored that Michelle lends her expertise to our practice. Click here to learn more about Michelle's areas of treatment and specialty.

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