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Many people are only familiar with hypnosis through movies, television or stage acts. However, when part of therapy delivered by a licensed, clinical professional such as Dr. Kilmann, hypnosis can promote dramatic positive changes in thinking, feeling, and behavior much more rapidly than other therapeutic procedures. Hypnosis is a state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention. This altered state of consciousness is like using a magnifying glass in the sun; when the rays of the sun are focused they are more powerful. Similarly, when our mind is concentrated and focused, we are able to use more of our potential and more of the power of our mind. In this sense, learning self-hypnosis is the ultimate in a self-control skill, rather than being out of control. Indeed, many people no longer need medication for anxiety or depression after having learned to use the power of their mind to effectively reduce these feelings.

Dr. Kilmann offers customized hypnotherapy programs for:
    Weight Loss, Bulimia, Anorexia
    Stop Smoking
    Confidence Building
    Discomfort and Pain
    Eliminating Unwanted Habits and Addictions
    Panic, Phobias, Stress, and Depression
    Public Speaking
    Exam Preparation/Test Anxiety
    Sports Performance
    Hair pulling
    Motivation and Emotional Control
    Sexual Difficulties and Sexual Addictions
    Dental Fears/TMJ
    Surgery Preparation/Recovery

 common false concepts about clinical hypnosis

False Concept: Hypnosis is a result of a stronger mind influencing a weaker mind.
Fact: Hypnosis is not a battle of the wills. Strong-willed persons enter hypnosis just as readily as weak-willed persons.

False Concept: Only non-intelligent persons are hypnotizable.
Fact: Just the opposite. The person must possess intelligence. A person with very low intelligence is difficult to hypnotize because this kind of person has difficulty in learning to enter trance. The person must be able to focus.

False Concept: Hypnosis can be used as a "truth serum" and can make you reveal embarrassing details about yourself.
Fact: A part of your mind is always in contact with reality. People tend not to lie while in trance. They may refuse to answer questions that might embarrass them. When confronted with an embarrassing or incriminating question, people either refrain from answering or come out of trance in defense.

False concept: People in trance can be made to commit anti-social acts.
Fact: A person in hypnotic trance cannot be made to do anything against his/her own moral code. Experiments have shown that persons in a trance will refuse to steal, kill, etc. Many times they will "awaken" from a trance at a suggestion involving anti-social behavior. The Manchurian Candidate was brain-washed.

False Concept: Loss of consciousness occurs during hypnosis.
Fact: Complete loss of consciousness does not occur during hypnosis, even though post-hypnotic amnesia may be present. People HEAR everything.

False Concept: People can be made to commit humiliating acts during hypnosis.
Fact: Again, your own moral code and the fact that part of your mind remains in contact with reality acts as a preventative. Stage hypnosis requires that a person "goes along with the show." Clinical hypnosis designed to help people overcome problems in living is not stage hypnosis.

False Concept: It may be difficult to "awaken" a person in trance.
Fact: The fear of inability to "awaken" is unfounded. Patients "awaken" from hypnosis just as certainly as they awaken each morning from sleep.

False Concept: Hypnosis is habit forming.
Fact: Not at all. Most patients wean themselves from the need of hypnosis sooner or later. It is true that it is easier to induce the state of hypnosis in a previously hypnotized patient. Habits can be both good and bad. Hypnosis is a relaxing, helpful agent. There are many people who use hypnosis as a relaxing, healthful, daily experience for many years with many advantages (meditation, stress relief, pain control, enhancement of sports performance).

False Concept: People in a trance are physically defenseless and controlled by the professional conducting hypnosis.
Fact: The instinct of self-preservation does not leave a person. If a fire broke out or some other threat developed while you are in a trance, your reactions would be similar to those prior to going in the trance, and you would do your utmost to save yourself.

False Concept: Hypnosis is rare.
Fact: There are many examples of spontaneous hypnosis that regularly occur. Daydreaming is one example. Next time you are stopped in traffic look around at the other drivers. Trance States!!!!!


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Dr. Peter Kilmann
115 Atrium Way, Suite 228
Columbia, SC 29223
Phone: (803) 788-9243
Fax: (803) 736-0702



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