Using focused awareness to manage health concerns
Clinical hypnosis is an evidence-based therapy used to help patients manage
unhelpful or unhealthy habits, responses or physical symptoms. St. Luke's
licensed psychotherapist Jake Walsh, LICSW, works with patients to determine
their health goals and manage their health concerns.
Dispelling the myths
Clinical hypnosis is not the same as hypnosis done for entertainment. There
is no "mind control." Clinical hypnosis doesn't work alone
and is often used in conjunction with other therapies and treatments.
For example, if a patient wants to lose weight, hypnosis can support the
food goals set with the help of a dietitian and exercise goals set with
the help of physical therapist or trainer.
People can't be hypnotized unless they want to be. People who come
for clinical hypnosis are ready to use this therapy to help their condition.
Clinical hypnosis is a complementary therapy that requires realistic goals.
It should never replace medical therapy.
Medical Applications for Clinical Hypnosis
- Athletic performance
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Mental health issues
- Pain management
- Presurgery anxiety
- Skin conditions
- Sleep disorders
- Smoking cessation
- Stress reduction
- Weight loss