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Can You Use Hypnosis?

William Mitchell

Attend the Heartland Hypnosis Conference to Learn How Hypnosis Can Help You

By William Mitchell M.Div., BCH, CI

When people find out that I am both a Protestant Minister and a Hypnotist, they want to know what can be done with Hypnosis. Most people immediately think of the entertaining hypnosis stage shows. However, Hypnotism is much more than a party trick or a comedy routine. The National Institute of Health technology assessment panel recognizes hypnosis in the treatment of a variety of disorders and recommends its integration into medical interventions.

According to study abstracts in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (www.ijceh.com) some of the most common evidence-based uses of hypnosis include:

  • 1. Acute and Chronic pain
  • 2. PTSD
  • 3. Childhood and adolescent problems
  • 4. Childbirth pain and trauma
  • 5. Insomnia
  • 6. Depression
  • 7. Weight Control/healthy eating/exercise
  • 8. Psychosomatic disorders
  • 9. Habit Control (Smoking Cessation)
  • 10. Irritable bowel syndrome, IBS
  • 11. Headaches and migraines
  • 12. Cancer patient care

I focus on Hypnotism because it is a safe, non-invasive and effective technique that can empower clients. In the natural hypnotic state individuals can access their own inner resources to create positive outcomes and solutions for difficult issues, like weight loss, smoking cessation and pain management.

A short definition of hypnosis is an “attentive perception and concentration, which leads to controlled imagination” (Spiegel, 1998. p.2). Relaxation is often a by-product of hypnosis but is not required. Hypnosis is also different for different people, because some possess more “hypnotic ability” than others. However, most people in the general population respond to hypnosis, it is just a matter of degree or “depth of trance”.

At Heartland Hypnosis Conference we invite anyone interested in hypnotism to attend. Come explore the many Clinical and Metaphysical Uses of Hypnotism.

We have 2 clinical classes, a metaphysical class, a stage hypnosis class and a build your business/practice class all running for 3 days. I also offer basic training in hypnosis and John Edgette Psy.D. is also offering a one day introduction to hypnosis class for therapists and medical professionals.

Learn how Hypnosis can help you!

Come to the Heartland Hypnosis Conference in St. Louis April 24-26 to attend classes and live sessions with over 50 presenters. Downtown Holiday Inn Convention Center, open to the public. www.heartlandhypnosisconference.com.

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