Kimberly Callen, LCSW,  NBCCH
St George, Utah

What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is hypnosis used in a therapeutic way to aid in achieving a specific goal that will benefit the patient.

Hypnosis is a state of inward attention and focused concentration. It is often referred to as an altered state of consciousness characterized by extreme suggestibility, relaxation, and heightened imagination.  A person in a deeply focused state is unusually responsive to an idea or image, but this does not mean that a hypnotist can control his or her mind and free will.  On the contrary, hypnosis can actually teach people how to master their own states of awareness. When the mind is concentrated and focused, people are better able to tap into and use their inner resources to make personal changes and learn how to better govern their own lives.  Because hypnosis allows people to use more of their potential, they gain more self-control.

Many people routinely experience a trance-like state while they are watching television, sitting at a traffic light, absorbed in thought, reading a book or watching TV. Someone talks to you and you do not hear them.  These very focused states of attention are, in fact, everyday experiences of what is called hypnosis.  Clinical hypnosis is different to the extent that you will be experiencing it with the guidance of your hypnotherapist, rather than spontaneously.

The Benefits of Hypnotherapy and Self-Hypnosis
When the Health-Care Professional is well trained in both the use of hypnosis as a specialy or sub-specialty, clinical hypnotherapy can be used successfully for a variety of mental health issues.  Some people seem to have higher initial hypnotic responsiveness, while others may need more training to reach useful levels of hypnosis for hypnotic therapy.

Like all treatments, hypnosis is most effective when the patient is motivated to change.  Therefore, it is important to keep in mind that hypnotherapy, like any other therapuetic modality, can benefit some people more than others.

Myths About Hypnosis
Many false beliefs about hypnosis are based on what people read in novels, see in the movies or stage hypnosis shows.  Included are the ideas that:  

    Being Hypnotized Means Loss of Control
            o    individuals are always in control, the client is not under the control of the hypnotist because
                  hypnosis is not  something that is imposed on people.  The Hypnotherapist merely serves as a
                  facilitator or teacher helping the client discover that hypnosis is a natural, safe and useful state
                  of mind they allow themselves to experience

    Only Weak-Willed People Can be Hypnotized
             o  leading experts agree that all people can be hypnotized, more effort may be required for some 

    People Will Do Out-of-the-Ordinary Things While Hypnotized
             o   individuals are always in control and will not do things thing would not ordinarily do

    People "Go Under" and Experience a Loss of Consciousness and Won't Remember What Happened During Their Session 
             o   in fact, hypnosis is a state of heightened awareness and the patient will remember everything

What to Expect During a Session with me
The first session is usually 90 minutes.  I spend time with you to determine what you want to achieve from hypnosis. You are seated in a comfortable recliner in a room very conducive to relaxation.  Once the session begins, soft, soothing music is played in the background and the lights are dimmed. 

You are always is control of your session.  Most sessions don’t require the patient to interact or speak.  The patient is guided through a Progressive Relaxation script to enter a deep state of relaxation.  If the patient needs further relaxation, he/she is guided through an additional deepening technique.  

When the patient is sufficiently relaxed, I read a personalized script which targets the exact outcome the patient wishes to achieve.  Before the session, I ensure I know not only your desired outcome, but enough about you to tailor my therapy to achieve both short and long term results. Each session is between 20-30 minutes in length.  Once out of hypnosis, the patient remembers everything and is able to implement the techniques raised during the session.  At the conclusion of the session, the patient typically wants to contiue to relax and absorb the information just presented.

The session is recorded and a CD provided to the patient for future use at his or her convienence.

I have conducted hundreds of hypnotherapy sessions with outstanding results and am a firm believer it can benefit many of my patients.

Hypnotherapy Can Help With:
   Weight Loss
   Stop Smoking
   Post Traumatic Stress
   Grief and Loss
   Behavioral Problems
   Habits, incouding smoking and overeating
   Mood Disorders
   Sleep disorders
   Sports Performance
   ... and many other afflictions and disorders. Ask me if hypnotherapy is right for you.

Certification: I am certified by the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists (NBCCH) and currently hold the level of "Certified Fellow" as a result of my years of experience and success.

Click for more on the following topics and how I can help you with:

Treatment Techniques:                                                Disorders:
  EMDR                                                                                    Trauma
  Dyadic Resourcing for EMDR                                             Mood Disorders
  Attachment-Focused EMDR                                                Addictions
  Hypnotherapy                                                                       Chronic Illnesses
  Mind-Body Medicine
  Internal Family Systems 
  Feeling-State Addiction Protocol


Kimberly Callen, LCSW, NBCCH
107 S 1470 East   St George, UT  84790 

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