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During outpatient mental health treatment in New Jersey, our team of licensed and certified hypnotherapists dedicates their time to helping individuals recover from mental illnesses and regain control over their lives.


Hypnotherapy may have some preconceived notions thanks to popular culture, but did you know it’s a tried-and-true mental health therapy with wide-ranging applications? It’s true! Forget about the stereotype of a therapist swinging a pocket watch in front of a reclining patient. Hypnotherapy is a scientific, structured process that helps you gain insight and control over negative behaviors. Administering hypnotherapy requires a thorough understanding of the technique. That’s why it’s important to entrust your therapy to the skilled and knowledgeable mental health treatment counselors at Footprints to Recovery. Our team has helped countless others use hypnotherapy as part of their mental health recovery plan. If you’re ready to move on to a brighter future, contact our admissions team today.


The healing process can pose many challenges - all of which can be difficult to cope with on your own.

Our team of licensed mental health professionals can help you manage your symptoms and create a new, more fulfilling life.


We accept most major insurance provider plans.

If you have coverage of any kind, we will work with you to determine your benefits for mental health treatment. Any information you share with us is kept strictly confidential.

What Is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic approach that uses hypnosis, a trance-like state of focused attention and heightened suggestibility. The goal is to bring about psychological, emotional, or behavioral changes in an individual.

During a hypnotherapy session, a trained hypnotherapist guides the person into a state of deep relaxation and focused concentration, which makes them more open to suggestions and imagery. This state is often referred to as a hypnotic trance. In this trance state, individuals are more receptive to positive suggestions and therapeutic interventions.

The skill and expertise of the hypnotherapist play a significant role in the effectiveness of hypnosis. A trained and experienced hypnotherapist knows how to tailor the hypnotherapy session to the individual’s needs. This involves using appropriate suggestions and guiding the individual through the trance state.

The effectiveness of hypnosis varies from person to person and depends on factors such as their susceptibility to hypnosis, the skill of the hypnotherapist, and the specific goals of the therapy. Some individuals are more responsive to hypnosis than others. This responsiveness, often referred to as hypnotic susceptibility, can range from high to low. People with higher levels of hypnotic susceptibility may experience more profound effects during hypnotherapy.

Where Did Hypnotherapy Come From?

The concept of using altered states of consciousness for healing began with ancient civilizations. Long ago in Egypt, Greece, and Rome, sleep temples helped to induce a kind of hypnosis for healing purposes. These practices involved elements of suggestion and relaxation. These are central to hypnotherapy today.

Modern hypnotherapy came about thanks to the work of Scottish doctor James Braid in the 19th century. He conducted experiments and wrote what he observed during trancelike states. He shifted the focus from the mystical to the psychological aspects of hypnosis and developed the term “hypnosis” from the Greek word “hypnos,” meaning sleep.

Milton H. Erickson, an American psychiatrist, played a crucial role in shaping modern hypnotherapy. He developed indirect and permissive approaches to hypnosis, emphasizing the importance of tailoring suggestions to the individual’s personality and experiences. Erickson’s methods influenced the field and opened the door to a more personalized and flexible approach to hypnotherapy.

Today, hypnotherapy is often used in conjunction with other therapeutic approaches as part of a mental health treatment plan. The team at Footprints to Recovery can help create a unique treatment plan that suits your needs. Our team of clinical hypnotherapists can help you use the technique to realize a brighter future.

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What Does Hypnotherapy Treat?

There are many reasons why someone may try hypnotherapy. The benefits of the treatment include many behavioral, emotional, and psychological health improvements. Some even find hypnotherapy valuable in their professional lives as a form of self-improvement.

Hypnotherapy addresses a wide range of issues, including but not limited to:

A 2019 study found that 87% of 1,000 adults who underwent hypnotherapy found the experience to be either ‘positive’ or ‘neutral’. The majority of those polled reported at least some benefit from hypnosis treatment.

What Are the Different Kinds of Hypnotherapy?

Within hypnotherapy, there are different kinds of techniques used by therapists to tailor treatment to the specific needs of the individual or to play to their strengths as a therapist. Each kind of hypnotherapy offers a distinct approach within hypnotherapy containing its techniques and goals. Depending on your specific needs and goals, you and your therapist will integrate different hypnotherapy techniques.

There are often three types of hypnotherapy mentioned:

Directive Hypnotherapy

Directive hypnotherapy is characterized by the hypnotherapist taking an active and authoritative role during the hypnotic session. The therapist provides specific instructions and suggestions to guide the client into a hypnotic state and to address specific issues. This approach often involves more direct and explicit commands to the subconscious mind.

Directive hypnotherapy can be effective for clients who respond well to clear instructions and structured guidance. It’s commonly used for behavior modification, breaking habits, building confidence, and addressing specific concerns.

Permissive Hypnotherapy

Permissive hypnotherapy emphasizes creating a relaxed and permissive environment during the hypnotic session. The therapist uses gentle language, suggestions, and metaphors to guide the client into a state of relaxation and suggestibility. This less authoritarian approach provides more choices and options for the client within the session.

Permissive hypnotherapy is suitable for clients who prefer a softer and more collaborative therapeutic approach. It’s often used for stress reduction, relaxation, boosting creativity, and addressing emotional issues.

Regression Hypnotherapy

Regression hypnotherapy involves guiding the client to revisit memories, experiences, or events that might be influencing their current thoughts, behaviors, or challenges. The therapist helps the client access memories, potentially including repressed ones, and explore the root causes of certain issues.

Regression hypnotherapy can be particularly useful for addressing deep-seated emotional issues, traumas, phobias, and unresolved conflicts. It aims to provide insight into the origins of present-day challenges and promote healing by addressing underlying issues.

How Does Hypnotherapy Work?

Perhaps the most important aspect of hypnotherapy is working with a trained, skilled, and experienced therapist. Some therapists may specialize in a certain aspect of hypnotherapy, like using it to stop something like cigarette smoking or nail biting. Others may offer their services for a wide variety of issues.  

Hypnotherapy sessions are led by your therapist and involve several steps to complete treatment: 


The hypnotherapist guides the individual into a relaxed and focused state using calming techniques and suggestions.


The individual is guided into a deeper level of trance, often through imagery, progressive relaxation, or other techniques.


Positive and therapeutic suggestions are introduced by the hypnotherapist to address specific goals or concerns. These suggestions aim to influence the subconscious mind.


Visualizations and mental imagery enhance the effectiveness of the suggestions.


The hypnotherapist may provide post-hypnotic suggestions after the session that continue to influence behavior.

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Our team has helped countless others use hypnotherapy as part of their mental health recovery plan. If you’re ready to move on to a brighter future, contact our admissions team today and learn more about how hypnotherapy can help you. 

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Where Can I Find Hypnotherapy Near Me?

Hypnotherapy is used by the team at Footprints to Recovery as part of an overall recovery plan. To meet your needs, you will collaborate with our clinical team to construct an individualized treatment plan. During this process, you can select to incorporate hypnotherapy as one of your preferred therapeutic offerings.

At Footprints to Recovery, our mental health program offers hypnotherapy across our levels of outpatient care. Currently, our outpatient levels of care include:

Outpatient care refers to medical treatment that doesn’t require staying overnight in a hospital. Outpatient mental health services can assist in treating many mental illnesses and psychiatric conditions. While receiving outpatient treatment for mental health, you can live at home and carry on with your daily routine while receiving help.

To learn more about how we can help you or someone you know recover from mental illness, please contact us today.

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