Is there a difference between meditation and clinical hypnosis?

While both strategies utilize breathing and visualization exercises, meditation is generally explained as the “absence of all conscious thought” while clinical hypnosis is described as “outcome-specific” (in other words, a specific outcome is aimed for: you want to quit smoking, lose weight, stop drinking sugary drinks, give up coffee, let go of fear, improve your motivation…).

As stated on the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis website, Practitioners generally use clinical hypnosis in three primary ways: Encouraging the use of imagination, presenting ideas or suggestions that are in line with what you want, and exploring unconscious motivations that may be causing an underlying problem. To learn more, click here: Definition of Clinical Hypnosis

Regarding meditation, Collective-Evolution shares the following data: “An eight-week study conducted by Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) determined that meditation literally rebuilds the brain’s grey matter in just eight weeks. It’s the very first study to document that meditation produces changes over time in the brain’s grey matter.”

If you are interested in exploring how meditation or clinical hypnosis can assist you, please contact me to set up an appointment.

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