Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Difference Between Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis - Guest Blog Post

Today's Member of the Day is Susan Toohey Counseling, LLC. Susan has provided us with a guest blog for her two free upcoming information sessions. More information below.

Hypnotherapy Can Help You Lose Weight or Quit Smoking for Good!   
               Is it different from hypnosis?
Two Free Informational Sessions and Courses Announced

The fresh start of a New Year makes many of us resolve to take charge and make positive changes in our lives.   We all have our various vices, such as overeating or smoking, and January often finds us vowing to take them on - once and for all!

Did the stroke of midnight find you pledging to live a healthier lifestyle again this year? Vowing to finally address your smoking addiction before the new health care regulations that will penalize smokers kick in? Perhaps you wanted to lose those extra pounds by exercising regularly or cutting out some extra calories?

Well, February is upon us. How are you doing with that? What have you accomplished? Did you achieve any of your goals? Often our good intentions and determination fizzles out about now, if it hasn’t already abandoned us. We realize that it’s hard to make permanent lifestyle changes on our own, even if they are good for us. Perhaps some help in the form of a new approach is in order if you are to truly succeed with your goals this year.

Have you considered Hypnosis? No, not the “bark like a dog,” carnival amusement kind! Hypnosis can be a powerful means for instituting positive change in your life. It can be extremely effective when used for weight loss and smoking cessation as well as for addressing trauma, or emotional issues like those you would address with a psychotherapist as well. It is however, important to be an informed consumer if you are considering its use.

There is a difference between hypnosis and clinical hypnotherapy. Only licensed mental health professionals may become certified as clinical hypnotherapists and perform hypnotherapy.  This includes psychiatrists, psychologists, professional counselors, social workers and other healers such as nurses.   

Why is this distinction made since both hypnotism and clinical hypnotherapy induce clients into a hypnotic state?  The difference is that only mental health professionals have the special training and licensure to perform psychotherapy when clients are in a hypnotic induced state.  They can help their clients deal with the core emotions underlying the thoughts that produce the unwanted behavior or DIS-EASE.   

Only 10% of the brain is responsible for conscious thought. The remaining 90% is the subconscious part. It is there that repressed emotions, feelings, and sensations are stored as we go through life.  We compartmentalize and repress unpleasant emotions and feelings related to our experiences. 
Hypnosis is defined as a treatment intervention, comprised of inducing the client into a relaxed, suggestible state and then offering post-hypnotic suggestions for relief from symptoms.

Hypnotherapy is the process of providing psychotherapy with a client who is in the hypnotic altered state of consciousness. The clinical hypnotherapist’s approach delves farther into the subconscious, and includes addressing emotions, sensations, beliefs and values.  

Slowly, mainstream western medicine is recognizing the amazing results that can occur through the use of clinical hypnotherapy.  The Integrative Medicine Department at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic has endorsed heart-centered hypnotherapy as part of their holistic approach to treat patients as the whole persons we are, by addressing the mind, body and spirit.

Trained mental health practitioners who are certified as heart-centered hypnotherapists, realize that is where we need to focus our attention as mental health professionals. Their treatment focuses on the emotional basis for our addictions and issues that affect our daily lives. 

There are effective hypnotists who can effectively induce a client to the trance state so that the subconscious mind can accept suggestions for change, but that is the extent of the treatment.  The clinical hypnotherapist can go beyond suggestions in the hypnotic trance and get to the underlying causes of addictions, conditions and thoughts through psychotherapy, providing the avenue to freedom from unwanted behaviors and thoughts. 

Susan Toohey is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a National Certified Counselor and a graduate of Lehigh University’s Master’s Program in Counseling and Human Services.  She is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist through The Wellness Institute’s Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy Center in Issaquah, Washington.

Susan is offering TRIM-LIFE, a  4 week Weight-Loss program starting March7th 6:30-9:30 and BREAK FREE, a 4 week Smoking Cessation program starting March 5th 6:30-8:30 at Central Penn College, in Bethlehem, PA.  The deadline for registration is February 28th.

Join her for a Free Informational Session on February 19th or 26th at 7pm at Central Penn College, Ste. 202, 1455 Valley Center Parkway in Bethlehem, PA where you can meet Susan, ask questions to learn more about clinical hypnotherapy and hypnosis, what it is like to be hypnotized, and why this treatment is effective at treating eating and smoking addictions. Call Susan at 610-217-5864 for more information or e-mail her at   Also check out Susan’s website at for information about her background and her practice.

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