Harvard Medical School Psychologist: Hypnosis Effective in Treating Skin Picking, Hair Pulling

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A link to some supportive literature on the benefits of Hypnotherapy in the treatment of Trichotillomania.

At Aim we use Hypnosis in the treatment of Trichotillomania because of the positive affects we see in our clients. Despite our first hand experience, it is always encouraging to see research and support from other psychotherapists on the efficacy of Hypnotherapy in the treatment of body repetitive behaviours like Trichotillomania.

"Hypnosis is very effective at reducing the stress that often triggers these problems. Also, about two thirds of people go into a spontaneous, spacey trance state when the pick or pull," noted Grossbart. "Learning to convert this 'inadvertent negative hypnosis' into an effective positive tool is vital." -Ted A. Grossbart, Ph.D


Click for additional info on Body Focused Repetitive Behaviours/Trichotillomania and how AIM can help.

Hypnosis for Depression

Photo by Aneta Ivanova

Photo by Aneta Ivanova

Depression is one of the most common reasons people seek therapy. They often describe feeling stuck or uneasy in their every activities and express confusion about how to go back to feeling like they once did or seek support with move away from their current emotional state.

One of the most frustrating obstacles for change with persistent depression is difficulty with imaging past experiences of joy or difficulty imagining a different future outcomes.

While talk therapy allows for empathetic listening, validating clients emotional experiences, one drawback of only using talk therapy is that remaining in the retelling of painful experiences without intervention can perpetuate negative feelings and increase the feeling of feeling stuck in low mood.

This is one of the reasons we at Aim believe Hypnotherapy is a wonderful and effective tool for the treatment of anxiety and depression.

Hypnosis is a calming state that provides imagery and possibilities for change. It provides a moment outside of the everyday which can increase hopefulness and motivation for change.

Here is an article in a popular magazine of one persons experience using hypnotherapy to treat their symptoms of depression.