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Dr. Jan Mark Burte - Hypnosis



Hypnosis has demonstrated its applicability to a diverse range of conditions. Individuals seeking treatment for these conditions are recommended to seek professionals trained in a discipline consistent with their difficulties. In general, one should seek state licensed and state certified professionals who utilize hypnosis as part of their professional practice. Towards this end, treatment should be provided by state licensed/certified, regulated professionals in fields such as psychology, social work, mental health, medicine, nursing and dentistry. Institute so trained should be able to show that they have completed appropriate training and supervision in applying hypnosis within their field of specialty. There are accrediting bodies, such as the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, as well as recognized training and professional organizations, such as the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Southeast Florida, to help guide consumers in selecting well trained professionals.


What is Hypnosis?


Hypnosis has been viewed as everything from an alternate state of consciousness to an altered state of consciousness, to a state of focused relaxation with an increased openness to accept constructive suggestion. In my opinion and experience, the last definition is the most useful. Individuals who experience hypnosis should be able to maintain a choice and control over their trance-state and freely move to different levels of concentration and relaxation throughout the experience.


Throughout our lives, conscious and unconscious thought processes have worked to move us to healthy and safe physical and emotional states. So too, in hypnosis, they work to improve our states of balance and health.


Through hypnosis, patients can utilize experiential learning and relearning and re-mastering of past events. For example, in the case of trauma it allows for the opportunity to uncover from a safe distance, hurtful past experiences, and to explore new options. Pain patients can learn to manage or reduce pain and develop better ways to cope with it by utilizing glove anesthesia and other visualizations technique.


Typical Questions


Can anyone by hypnotized? Most patients are categorized as being of either high or low suggestibility. However, in clinical practice almost all individuals can experience either greater or lesser degrees of hypnosis. Some researchers feel that hypnotizability is a trait and therefore some individuals would have extreme difficulty being hypnotized. Other researchers see it as a learned skill where each individual comes to the experience with a predetermined skill level but with practice can become extremely proficient. Some are "gifted" hypnotic subjects and can enter into deep-relaxed states of hypnosis almost as soon as they begin treatment.


Another view is that all hypnosis is "self hypnosis". In this view, you do not get hypnotized by the hypnotherapist but rather you allow yourself to enter into the hypnotic experience of focused suggestibility. It is the trust, expectations, attitude and motivation (T.E.A.M.) of the patient and the hypnotherapist that allows for a successful hypnotic experience. Dr. Burte believes that all individuals can achieve some level of hypnosis and in so doing work on the issues which brought them into therapy.


Almost all patients gain benefits from hypnotherapy. There is, therefore, no typical course of treatment. Depending on the extent of a problem including its robustness, chronicity, and severity, hypnotherapy may be a part of a larger treatment plan or may stand alone. Sometimes, only a few visits are sufficient to resolve a habit or problem; whereas, other times, hypnotherapy may follow a course of more traditional treatment and continue to be utilized for months. The idea that one size fits all is not generally considered a good model to follow and is generally frowned upon by serious health care professionals who utilize hypnosis. Most often, the course of treatment is a gentle melding of psychotherapy and hypnotherapy toward the goal of self-improvement or symptom elimination.