Using Your Mind to Heal

Winchester Hospital offers professional hypnotherapy as part of Integrative Therapies at the Center for Healthy Living.

Hypnotherapy is the use of relaxation techniques to create a state of consciousness where the mind is more receptive to positive suggestions. Hypnotherapy can assist open-minded individuals who desire healthy change. It is not a form of psychotherapy, but can be an effective complement to other forms of health care.

We help adults, teens and children overcome day-to-day challenges and feel empowered in body and mind.

Benefits of Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy can help with:

  • Stress and tension reduction
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Pain
  • Confidence and motivation
  • Phobias and unwanted habits
  • Smoking cessation
  • Weight management

Some other areas of focus are:

Children and Teens

  • Sleep difficulties
  • Phobias
  • Bed wetting
  • Healthy eating
  • Stress management
  • Visualization and confidence for sports performance
  • Nervous habits (nail biting, hair pulling)

Coping with Chronic Pain and Illness

  • Cancer support (from diagnosis to recovery and all stages)
  • Claustrophobia (with scans, procedures)
  • Fear of needles or other medical procedures
  • Chronic pain
  • Headaches
  • Caregiver support

Healthy Living

  • Stressful life situations
  • Preparing for childbirth
  • Weight and eating issues
  • Motivation for exercise and prioritizing self-care
  • Smoking cessation
  • Transitions (new school, job, etc.)

How does it work?

In your hypnotherapy session, we use words and multisensory imagery to bring you into a state of relaxation and heightened focus. In this state, the brain is unusually responsive to an idea or image. During your session, you remain in control. A hypnotherapist cannot control your mind or make you do something you don’t want to do.

Using hypnotherapy techniques, you can learn to master your own state of awareness which helps you to control your physical and psychological responses.

As part of your session, you will be taught self-hypnosis, provide you with a list of strategies and resources for relaxation, and a digital audio file for reinforcement at home.

Meet Our Hypnotherapist

Cally Stewart, OTD, OTR/L, CH

Cally Stewart, OTD, OTR/L, CH joined the Center for Healthy Living in January 2017. She is certified in hypnotherapy and has practiced in a variety of health care settings including cancer care, family medicine, rehabilitation from injury or surgery, and chronic disease self-management. Cally has a B.A. in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She received her master's and doctorate in occupational therapy at Tufts University and is a licensed occupational therapist in Massachusetts. She holds a certification in hypnotherapy through the International Association of Counselors and Therapists.

Cost and Pricing

The cost is $85 per one hour session. Pre-payment on Visa or Mastercard is required. Gratuity is not accepted. Winchester Hospital does not bill insurance for hypnotherapy. As some insurances do cover this service, we are able to provide you with the needed documentation to submit a claim yourself. Both telehealth and in-person sessions are available.

Preparing for Your Appointment

You will be asked health screening questions upon confirmation of your in-person appointment. Please wear a mask. You will be given a new mask and asked to practice hand hygiene when you arrive.

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


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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.