Clinical Hypnosis

Clinical hypnosis is an evidence-based treatment that may ease symptoms from anxiety, stress, or trauma. Robert Jaffe, Ph.D, LMFT, in Encino, California, is an experienced psychotherapist with advanced training in clinical hypnosis. Dr. Jaffe offers clinical hypnosis as a treatment option to ease mental health symptoms. To learn more about clinical hypnosis and how it might help you, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Clinical Hypnosis Q&A

Clinical hypnosis is a therapeutic tool for the treatment of mental health symptoms. It’s an evidence-based complementary therapy that places you in a trance-like state to encourage cognitive, physical, and emotional healing.

When in a trance, you feel relaxed and focused, and your mind is more open to suggestions.

Dr. Jaffe holds a Doctorate in Philosophy and Hypnotherapy from the American Institute of Hypnotherapy in Irvine, California. Through clinical hypnosis, he may be able to change your thoughts, behaviors, and perceptions to help you reach your mental health goals.

Dr. Jaffe takes an individualized and holistic approach to therapy. After he identifies the areas he wants to focus on following your initial consultation, he customizes your therapy sessions to best meet your mental and emotional needs.

You may be a candidate for clinical hypnosis if you want to gain control over undesired behaviors or learn better ways to cope with stress, anxiety, or trauma.

Dr. Jaffe may also recommend clinical hypnosis for specific mental health conditions such as an anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Clinical hypnosis is a safe and effective treatment, however, you must be open to this complementary treatment to gain the most benefits.

Dr. Jaffe customizes your clinical hypnosis based on your specific needs and treatment goals. He reviews the details and what you can expect before your hypnosis session.

During clinical hypnosis, Dr. Jaffe uses his advanced training to help you relax and enter into a trance-like state. Then, he uses verbal repetition and mental imagery to help you achieve your goals.

You’re in complete control of your behavior during clinical hypnosis, and you remember the session afterward.

Dr. Jaffe uses clinical hypnosis to help you reach your mental, emotional, and physical health goals. If open and receptive, you may experience positive changes following your session. He may include other forms of psychotherapy along with clinical hypnosis, so you gain the most benefits.

To schedule a consultation and find out more about clinical hypnosis, call the office of Robert Jaffe, Ph.D, LMFT, or book an appointment online today.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy, or “Clinical Hypnosis” is a form of psychotherapy. A competent hypnotherapist has also been trained in other forms of psychotherapy as well, such as psychodynamic, Gestault, cognitive behavioral, EMDR, etc. This other training is vital for the therapist to be able to respond appropriately to whatever may arise for the client while they are in the hypnotic state. The word “hypnosis” comes from the Greek word “hypnos” which simply means “sleep”. Although the person experiencing hypnosis may have appeared to be sleeping to others, and often may have their eyes closed, this is, in reality, not an accurate description of what the person is experiencing. In the state of hypnosis, the person feels very relaxed and comfortable, and keeping their eyes closed often enhances those feelings. However, while experiencing “trance”, it is possible for the person to open their eyes and still retain their hypnotic experience, unlike sleep . Also, during a light to medium trance, people are able to talk, as well as respond to questions, unlike actual sleep. During the time the person is hypnotized, they are aware of the therapist, and being in such a relaxed state can assist them to explore past uncomfortable memories, without re-traumatization. All people actually experience hypnosis at least twice a day, and move through the trance experience as they begin to wake up in the morning, and right before they fall asleep at night. Often, people experience it during the day as well. Have you ever “spaced out” while driving, and missed your freeway exit? Hypnosis! Have you ever, right before falling asleep, been aware of other noises around you, and chosen to disregard them? Trance!

There are a variety of uses for clinical hypnosis, and most people can be hypnotized by a trained professional. Hypnosis should only be used by a trained professional with the agreement of the client, after fully explaining how the person will be hypnotized, and what will be done once they are in trance. While in trance, in addition to exploring past experiences and trauma, a person is much more open to positive suggestions These suggestions can be used to help the client “rework” some of the negative “programming” they may have received, often early in childhood. “You cry, and I’ll give you something to cry about” is common example of negative programming. Positive suggestions can help clients break bad habits, overcome sleep disturbances, and a variety of other uses. As in all therapies, the relationship that is established between the therapist and client is paramount in order to achieve a long lasting and positive outcome.

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