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Hypnosis and Health

HYPNOSIS is a safe and effective technique for self-exploration, personal growth, habit and pain control, and relief from stress related disorders.  There is an established body of peer-reviewed scientific and clinical research that confirms the effectiveness of hypnosis as it is applied to various medical and psychological problems.  Hypnosis promotes healing by utilizing the mind/body connection in a powerful way by facilitating communication with parts of one’s mind that are beyond one’s conscious awareness.
In learning to utilize one’s full consciousness changes in one’s behavior, emotions and physiological condition become more fully achievable.  For example, studies have shown that adults and children given post-hypnotic suggestions prior to surgery have fewer post-surgical infections, require less pain medication, and achieve more rapid recovery than control groups.

Problems can often be resolved in a brief period of time and extended treatments can sometimes be shortened.  Since approximately 80% of the gerneral population is hypnotizable, many people could potentially benefit from this modality.

Definition of Hypnosis

According to the American Society of Clinical 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.  Becuase hypnosis allows people to use more of their potential, learning self-hypnosis is the ultimate act of self-control.

Additionally, the process of learing hypnosis involves training our minds and bodies to achieve either a deep relaxed, peaceful, and restorative state, or in “alert” hypnosis, the ability to achieve optimal arousal states for enhanced performance.

Hypnotic Methods

There are three ways clinicians utilize hypnosis.  We encourage the use of the imagination.  Mental imagery is very powerful, especially in a focused state of attention. For example, our minds are capable of using symbolic imagery to effect physiological changes in our bodies.

Another basic hypnotic method is to present ideas or suggestions to a person.  In a state called trance, ideas and suggestions that are compatible with what a person 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.

Areas Responsive to Hypnosis Include the Following:

Pain Control

Headaches ---- Chronic Pain --- Cancer Pain --- Labor and Childbirth --- Post-Surgical Pain and Recovery

Behavioral Medicine

Weight Loss --- Stress Management --- Smoking Cessation --- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Hypertension --- Allergies --- Sleeping Problems --- Substance Abuse --- Vascular Control --- Asthma --- Tics ---
Enhancing Immunological Response


Depression --- Anxiety --- Panic Attacks --- Phobias --- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Problematic Relationship Patterns --- Low Self-Esteem

Enhancing Performance

Optimize Athletic Performance --- Increase Concentration in School and Reduce Test Taking Anxiety ---
Overcome Writer’s Block --- Build Confidence



Bruce A. Levi, PhD
Licensed Psychologist - Psychotherapy, Clinical Hypnosis, Training, Supervision & Consultations
Treatment for Individuals, Couples and Families

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Westport, CT 06880

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