Medical Hypnosis

The medical hypnosis program offered by the Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine (SCIM) is designed to be an integrated component of a patient's overall medical care.

Hypnosis allows patients to focus intently on a specific problem and its resolution while maintaining a comfortable state of physical relaxation. It also helps patients to enhance control over their body responses.

Hypnosis is a normal state of aroused, attentive and highly focused concentration -- comparable to being so absorbed in a movie or novel that one loses awareness of his or her surroundings.

This program teaches patients self-hypnosis to help them deal with: 

Hypnosis Evaluation and Treatment

In the first session, patients are evaluated by means of a formal history so that realistic therapeutic goals can be developed. Hypnosis and its applications are then explored through a standard assessment of hypnotizability, which takes five to ten minutes. These results are discussed and used to plan the role of hypnosis in the overall therapy process.

Training in the use and application of self-hypnosis is taught in the initial and subsequent sessions. Follow-up appointments focus on evaluating response and refining these techniques, or pursuing other matters of interest to the patient. The number of sessions needed depends upon the response, goals, and interests of the patient.

Hypnosis Staff

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