What Hypnosis IS and ISN'T:
How is Hypnotism Used

Hypnosis is used to assist clients with a range of issues that are causing them problems in their life. Hypnosis can also be used to maximize skills (such as in a sport) or to assist in improving one's mental focus (as in test taking, preparation for public speaking, business sales). It also has been shown to be a significant and very effective approach to stress reduction and management.

Although it can be used for entertainment, clients typically either want to do something they currently cannot do or want to do better, or to stop doing something they currently do.

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Though hypnosis has often been seen as fakery, gullibility or wishful thinking, hypnosis has been studied by some of the most prestigious researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University, McMaster University of Ontario, University of Montreal, Stanford University, and Yale University, to name just a few. Their research has shown hypnosis to be a real phenomenon with a variety of therapeutic uses, especially in controlling pain. Using PET scan imagery, scientists have found that hypnosis reduced the activity of various parts of the brain, particularly the area known to be involved with pain, but did not affect the activity of the brain where the sensations of pain are processed.

The research provides evidence that hypnosis can help with:

  • Chronic pain, chronic illness

  • Stress management

  • Anger, anxiety, phobias, fears

  • Smoking cessation

  • Weight Loss

  • Enhancement of Sports Performance

  • Test Anxiety, Fear of Public Speaking

  • Fear of Flying

(See article from Scientific American, July 2001: "Shattering the Myths About Hypnosis" and "Science Finds That Hypnotherapy Works", and "Hypnosis and the Subconscious" in the Articles section).

Fairmount Associates offers the integrated use of hypnosis in other therapies to address the above needs and enhance the therapeutic experience.

Note: A survey spanning three years of more than 1,000 case reports showed hypnotherapy to be more successful than other forms of psychological therapy. The study, conducted by Alfred A. Barrios, formerly of the University of California, found the following average success rates for treatment of psychological issues: psychoanalysis, 38% recovery after 600 sessions; behavior therapy, 72% after 22 sessions; hypnotherapy, 93% recovery after 6 sessions. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice.