What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy (guided hypnosis) is a form of psychotherapy that uses relaxation, extreme concentration, and intense attention to achieve a heightened state of consciousness or mindfulness.  The trained professional places the individual into a hypnotic state or "trance" so that they can openly and safely explore painful, traumatic, and repressed memories that may be hidden from the conscious mind.  This altered state of consciousness can help clients view situations, feelings, and events in a different light.

Hypnotherapy may help alleviate:

  • Psychological distress
  • Phobias
  • Unhealthy habits (e.g., smoking, drinking)

Our clinicians that specialize in hypnotherapy are:

Elizabeth Harris, PhD

Michael Purdum, PhD, ABPP