Wellness Institute Blog

What Is the Difference Between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy? How does hypnotherapy work?

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Mar 22, 2018 11:15:00 AM

Welcome to hypnotherapy 101! If you’ve stumbled your way here through a maze of confusing and contradictory online sources, join the club. While hypnosis and hypnotherapy boast roots in ancient history and reams of experimentally-verified results, misinformation and mythology about the concepts abound.

As a trained, certified, and practicing psychotherapist, you’ve learned to seek out high-quality, science-based answers to your questions. But straight answers about hypnosis and hypnotherapy can be hard to come by.

So let’s start at the very beginning.

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Topics: hypnotherapy, hypnotherapy certification and training, hypnosis

Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy to Treat the Epidemic of Addiction to Pain Medications

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Mar 12, 2015 7:00:00 AM

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Topics: hypnotherapy, hypnosis, All issues that hypnotherapy helps treat

How Hypnotherapy Helps with Chronic Grief

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Mar 2, 2015 9:30:00 AM



What is chronic grief and how do I know if I am suffering with it?

Here are some of the symptoms:

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Topics: hypnotherapy, hypnosis, All issues that hypnotherapy helps treat

Reducing Performance Anxiety with Mental Rehearsal and Centering (Part 4 of 4)

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Feb 13, 2015 3:30:00 PM

This is part 4 of a four-part series on using hypnotherapy to help you reduce your performance anxiety. Want to read more? Part 1Part 2Part 3

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Topics: hypnotherapy, hypnosis

The Use of Hypnosis in Treating Cancer

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Nov 13, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Hypnosis has proven to be extremely valuable in the treatment of cancer patients. Specific applications include: establishing rapport between the patient and members of the medical health team; control of pain with self-regulation of pain perception through the use of glove anesthesia, time distortion, amnesia, transference of pain to a different body part, or dissociation of the painful part from the rest of the body; controlling symptoms, such as, nausea, anticipatory emesis, learned food aversions, etc.; psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, guilt, anger, hostility, frustration, isolation, and a diminished sense of self-esteem; visualization for health improvement; and, dealing with death anxiety and other related issues. Hypnosis has unique advantages for patients including improvement of self-esteem, involvement in self-care, return of locus of control, lack of unpleasant side effects, and continued efficacy despite continued use.

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Topics: hypnosis, cancer therapy, All issues that hypnotherapy helps treat

How to Use Hypnosis for a Better Childbirth

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Nov 6, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Childbirth is one of the most profound events a woman and couple will experience. Unfortunately, the experience can be fraught with anxiety, as well as fear of pain and loss of control. Often during childbirth, those fears/anxiety transfer into a fight-or-flight response. This automatic physiological response increases her perception of pain intensity and decreases internal blood flow. So in effect, the woman’s anxiety actually increases exactly what she fears. This is what we often refer to as a self-fulfilling prophesy! We can reverse this effect with hypnosis. With the ability to use self-hypnotic techniques, women and their partners can effectively enter the childbirth experience with calm and focus.

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Topics: hypnosis, pregnancy and fertility, All issues that hypnotherapy helps treat

Can Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy Help Strengthen the Immune System?

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Oct 30, 2014 8:00:00 AM

It has been highly researched and is now generally accepted that increased levels of stress greatly compromise our immune systems.

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Topics: hypnotherapy, hypnosis, All issues that hypnotherapy helps treat

Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy Student: Tom Gigliotti

Posted by Tom Gigliotti  Oct 9, 2014 2:11:00 PM

In March of 2007 my son Tommy was invited to a prom in Palm Beach, Florida. We live in Ohio so it meant he would stay with his date’s family. He asked if I could go with him as his date’s parents were long time family friends. My wife suggested I find a continuing education class in hypnosis available during the time I would be there. I got busy and looked online and found The Six-Day Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy certification training in Fort Lauderdale. I had been a therapist for 20+ years and had some basic hypnotherapy skills and thought that taking the course might be of use in my private practice.

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Topics: hypnosis, hypnotherapy, Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy to Treat Shock in First Responders

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Sep 4, 2014 4:00:00 AM

People who are affected by shock in their lives often have survived traumas of various types. Many of the traumas we refer to in our case examples in our book Overcoming Shock: Healing the Traumatized Mind and Heart (New Horizon Press, 2014) are early childhood traumas, including parental rejection, sexual or physical abuse, being unwelcome or unaccepted by the family and a multitude of situations experienced in dysfunctional families. But there are many traumas that people face and endure on a daily basis which also result in shock. In the book we examine the shock response to shootings at schools, serious accidents, victims of crime, victims of sexual assault, first responders, combat veterans, traumatic loss of a loved one and natural disasters.

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Topics: hypnotherapy, Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, hypnosis, Overcoming Shock, Shock, All issues that hypnotherapy helps treat

How Hypnotherapy Can Stop Thumb Sucking In Children in 20 Minutes

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Aug 29, 2014 4:00:00 AM

I recently met two sweet sisters who sincerely wanted to stop sucking their thumbs (actually it was their fingers rather than thumb that they constantly had in their mouths). The girls were wearing braces but still could not stop the behavior.

Their single mother was also highly motivated to have the girls stop sucking their thumgs since she was the one who had to pay for their braces.

I told the single mother about Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy and how it works. I told her I could help the girls eliminate thumb suck behavior.

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Topics: hypnosis, hypnotherapy, hypnotherapy best practices