Oct 272003
Authors: Taryn M. Foellmer

When coping with physical or emotional problems, people

sometimes turn to outside sources, such as medication or therapy,

for a solution.

A combination of therapy and hypnosis is a healing technique now

practiced at some offices in Fort Collins.

“Every individual has a different belief of what is best for

healing. I can see why hypnotherapy might be a good choice for some

people, ” said Hannah Chang, a freshman interior design major.

Deborah Lindemann, a certified clinical hypnotherapist at The

Center for Extraordinary Explorations, said hypnotherapy treats

conditions like smoking, obesity, fears, phobias and test


“Hypnosis is simply concentrated attention and relaxation in an

altered state of awareness,” Lindemann said. “It is a matter of

getting the conscious mind relaxed so the subconscious mind is more

open to suggestions.”

Lindemann said hypnotherapy could also be used to reduce

physical pain.

“Hypnosis works very well in conjunction with medical treatment.

If someone has a medical issue, they should first check with a

doctor to make sure he agrees with adding hypnotherapy to their

treatment,” Lindemann said.

Reaching a hypnotic trance can be achieved through a variety of


Terry Croskrey, a certified hypnotist at Positive Changes

Hypnosis, said there are about 1,000 different techniques used to

create a hypnotic trance.

“At the conscious level, we interview the client to learn about

the problem and to see what they know about the condition,”

Croskrey said.

After the initial interview, Croskrey may use techniques like

progressive relaxation or the eye-roll method to put the client in

a trance.

With progressive relaxation, the hypnotist guides the client to

tense then relax each muscle group, beginning at the feet and

moving up to the head, Croskrey said.

The eye-roll method is another technique hypnotists commonly

use. In this case, the clients enter a trance after they close

their eyes and focus on an imaginary spot, Croskrey said.

All hypnosis is self-induced, and hypnotherapists just act as

guides to get the client to a certain state, Lindemann said.

Equipment can also be used to create a hypnotic trance.

Croskrey said that when using equipment, the client puts on

glasses that flash colored lights at different speeds. The client

will also wear headphones with reoccurring tones that slow down at

a set pace.

“Equipment makes it easier for the hypnotist,” Croskrey


Hypnotherapy has an 80 percent success rate, said both Lindemann

and Croskrey. Despite the success, hypnotherapy is not the answer

to every problem.

Steve Ross, a clinical psychologist at the CSU Counseling

Center, said hypnotherapy is not the treatment of choice for most

psychiatric disorders, alcoholism or depression.

“This practice has very limited uses in therapy, and not all

therapists would use it in their sessions,” Ross said.

Another disadvantage to hypnotherapy can be that some people do

not have enough information on the practice.

“I think it sounds like a good solution, and I would consider

trying it if I knew more about where to go or how long it takes,”

said Jennifer McFarlane, a junior wildlife biology major.




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