Using Your Mind to Heal

Winchester Hospital offers professional hypnotherapy services as part of our integrative therapies.

Hypnotherapy is an altered state of consciousness applied in a healing manner. Self-hypnosis is taught in the first or second session, giving you a useful tool for symptom management and behavior modification.

Hypnotherapy is recognized as a valid medical procedure by both the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association. Since 1995, the National Institutes of Health has recommended hypnotherapy as a treatment for chronic pain.

How Hypnotherapy Works

Hypnotherapists use words and images to bring you to a stage of deep relaxation, almost like sleep. At this stage, you are unusually responsive to an idea or image. However, a hypnotherapist cannot control your mind or make you do something you do not want to do.

But while you are in this stage, hypnotherapy can teach you how to master your own state of awareness. This skill helps you control your own physical and psychological responses.

How Hypnotherapy Can Help

Hypnotherapy can be effective for:
  • Anxiety/panic attacks
  • Insomnia 
  • Pain 
  • Seasonal affective disorder 
  • Snoring 
  • Eliminating phobias 
  • Eliminating teeth grinding 
  • Smoking cessation 
  • Weight management

Hypnotherapy is can be effective in children for:
  • Asthma 
  • Childhood insomnia
  • Childhood phobias 
  • Nail biting 
  • Obsessive compulsive behaviors 
  • Pain management 
  • Tourette's disorder 
  • Weight management 
  • Academic and sports performance 

The cost is $85 per session, which includes a CD. In some cases, this may be covered by insurance. You would need to submit a claim yourself, as Winchester Hospital does not bill insurance companies for hypnotherapy services.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact The Center for Healthy Living at Winchester Hospital at 781-756-4700.

Rehabilitation Services

Winchester Hospital offers a variety of rehabilitation services – including cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation as well as physical, occupational and speech therapy – to help you get back to your normal routine.

Pain Management Center

The skilled and caring staff at Winchester Hospital's Pain Management Center helps hundreds of patients each year reduce and cope with chronic pain so that they can lead more active and productive lives.