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Hypnotherapy in Utah County

At the Center for Deep Healing, we provide hypnotherapy for kids, teens, and adults. Our hypnotherapy sessions are unique to each clients' needs and designed to help you move beyond negative behaviors or thinking patterns that cause stagnation in growth or healing. Our hypnotherapist helps you break free so you can create a life of power, purpose, and passion. 

At the Center for Deep Healing:

  • Treatments are provided by appointment only.

  • We accept HSA for treatments and memberships.

  • We provide a discount for veterans and single parents.

What Hypnotherapy Is

Hypnotherapy is often described as a dream state—a state of heightened concentration where your mind eliminates distractions to open you up to suggestions. 

 

The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) explains that hypnosis can bring us to a “state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention,” a state many are lacking in the hectic world we live in today. Considered safe for most people, hypnotherapy is now being used by many oncologists, psychologists, endocrinologists, and gastroenterologists in conjunction with their regular treatment protocols.

Hypnotherapy is a valuable tool in the hands of a trained professional, and it's generally a relaxing experience for the patient. It's also reassuring to know that you can't be hypnotized against your will or do things that conflict with your nature. And, if you feel uncomfortable, most people can pull themselves out of the hypnotic state at any time during a session.

How Hypnotherapy Works

Hypnotherapy has a similar neurophysiological profile to meditation, meaning that like meditation, fast-wave brain activity decreases and slow-wave activity that's typical of a relaxed, focused, or meditative state, increases. This allows your subconscious mind to respond to information and suggestions more readily—working in your best interest to change behaviors or thought patterns.

Dr. Max Shapiro, of Massachusetts General Hospital and a leading hypnosis researcher, explains that “A hypnotic trance empowers people to activate neural circuits that are otherwise hidden. This circuitry can activate greater comfort for pain relief, greater mental focus for certain activities, and greater self-esteem.” 

For example, when you experience pain, it's because it's first been processed in your head, registering in the sensory cortex. The prefrontal cortex defines the pain and sends it to the thalamus and other areas of the brain—and you experience the sensation. During hypnotherapy, you're provided with suggestions about the intensity of the pain that can lower the activity levels in the prefrontal cortex. In this way, patients are able to change the definition their brains are assigning to the pain. This has been proven to significantly lower pain levels in many people who suffer from chronic pain.

In much the same way, hypnotherapists can provide suggestions to help you process negative emotions, lose weight, stop smoking, and so on.

 

This work is done in collaboration with your hypnotherapist. Together, you discuss the behavior you want changed and create a strategy to accomplish it. Then, as you're guided into an increased suggestibility state, you're provided with that strategy in a way that helps to organize the mind, bringing it into focus to create new instincts, thinking patterns, and outlooks on life. 

 

What Hypnotherapy Can Treat

Hypnotherapy is a psychological treatment that helps you experience and implement changes in your behaviors, thoughts, attitudes, sensations, and perceptions. It's performed in a clinical setting by a licensed hypnotherapist. 

Hypnotherapy has been used to treat a variety of issues, including:

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Anxiety, depression, and PTSD

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Chronic pain

  • Eating disorders

  • Addictions

  • Weight loss

  • Hot flashes

 

What to Expect During a Hypnotherapy Session

Though each hypnotherapy session is unique to your situation and goals, they generally follow a common pattern:  

  1. Talk with your hypnotherapist about your most pressing challenges, or the behaviors you'd like to work on.

  2. Discuss a strategy to address those challenges or behaviors.

  3. Enter a relaxed state by way of verbal cues or guided imagery (this can take a few seconds to several minutes).

  4. Release critical or unhealthy thoughts.

  5. Comply with suggestions in alignment with the goals you've set.

  6. Return to a state of awareness.

  7. Discuss your experience with your hypnotherapist.