Hypnosis can be understood as a naturalistic state of focused awareness. A basic premise in hypnosis is that all information is processed by conscious and unconscious levels of awareness. Self-hypnosis is similar to meditation, mindfulness, and related states. The difference between hypnosis and self-hypnosis is that the interpersonal aspect is absent or greatly minimized in self-hypnosis since a hypnotist is not present. Alterations of human awareness occur throughout the course of a day. We enter into meditative states, fantasy worlds, become creative for periods of time, get absorbed in a talk or music and do not realize the passage of time, or become immersed in intense feelings of some nature to the exclusion of everything else. These can be considered experiences of hypnosis.
Hypnosis can be an effective form of treatment and is often used in conjunction with counseling for many conditions, including: smoking cessation, phobias, weight management, nail biting, bed wetting, impotence, pain management, anxiety, sleep disorders, depression, PTSD, grief, burns, rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer.
Hypnosis is conducted by Jim Matson, LCSW. You can read more about Jim Matson in the 'Provider Bios' section.