Are You Using Hypnotherapy in Your Therapy Practice? Why Not? 
Written by Dr. Michelle Stangline, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist 

After years of working in the mental health field I discovered the incredible power of hypnotherapy! I can't imagine doing therapy without offering hypnotherapy to the client (99 percent of my clients use it). I see so much more healing in my clients who suffer from anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma because I use hypnotherapy in my practice. I explain to my clients that I have two major modalities that I use to help with their issues: Hypnotherapy and EMDR (More on mixing EMDR with Hypnotherapy in another posting). 

The best explanation between the difference of "talk therapy" over hypnotherapy (and EMDR) is that with hypnotherapy / EMDR we pull out the weeds (traumas, etc.) instead of just clipping the weeds (Talk Therapy Only). Don't get me wrong.... I of course use talk therapy including the ABC's / 123's of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / Behavioral Therapies, etc. How can you not use these basic therapies especially in the beginning of therapy? However, if you are only using basic therapies you are setting your clients up for a return to therapy in the future!

I want my clients to learn to become their own therapists in the future. I learned about this from my professors, Dr. David Lane and Dr. Art Williams, in graduate school at Mercer University in Atlanta years ago! Actually, I like to do six to eight sessions of major trauma healing work, and then see if my clients are ready to try their new wings from the healing work in therapy. Of course, I will always take them back into therapy but that only happens if my clients are not practicing what they were taught to do in therapy to maintain a happy and healthy life!

Let me ask you.... the therapist... what is stopping you from getting training in hypnotherapy? Is it your own fears that you will learn more about your own traumas that have been hidden away? Something is stopping you.... what is it? I hope you will continue to visit this website as I start writing again (after several years of not writing) and let me share with you the incredible healing power of hypnotherapy for yourself and your clients! 

Stay tuned for more information on hypnotherapy from Dr. Stangline:)

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Disclaimer: This website and its content is intended for trained licensed mental health professionals and school certified mental health professionals to use for their clients / students at their own discretion.

*If you ignore the disclaimer above are using these techniques on yourself and you feel any discomfort or upset it is highly suggested that you seek out a licensed  mental health professional immediately.

"Beyond Art Therapy" is the concept from Dr. Stangline that combines all creative fields in therapy. It is not the traditional "art therapy" but goes beyond to include sand tray therapy, play therapy, mindfulness, meditation, color therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a vast majority of other therapies.

For any other type of mental health emergency call your local 911 / Police Number immediately.

Dr. Stangline does not offer advice / suggestions to anyone who is not a professional mental health provider, or a student who is studying this field and has questions about mental health programs of study.

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