Welcome to the site of Eric Spiegel, PH.D. Serving the Greater Philadelphia Area

Clinical Hypnosis

I am certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), and offer hypnotherapy services in working with the following clinical concerns:
Performance Enhancement
Social Phobia
Specific Phobias
Check with me if you are interested in utilizing hypnosis for a concern not on this list.
I strongly encourage you to read the page entitled "What is Hypnosis?"  It describes what hypnosis is and is not, differentiates between the state of hypnosis and the process of clinical hypnosis, differentiates between hypnosis and other related concepts such as meditation and mindfulness, and answers frequently asked questions.  I also recommend the Frequently Asked Questions page of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
According to the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, "Hypnosis alone is not a treatment; it is a way to enhance treatment effects."  This is a statement that I strongly agree with.  As a psychologist, I believe that hypnosis is a tool in 'treatment toolbox.'  I always meet with any prospective client for an initial evaluation appointment first, in order to get a comprehensive understanding of the issues for which a person is seeking treatment.  Sometimes, hypnosis is a poor fit for a person, based on motivation, hypnotizability, or background.  These are all factors which I assess in the first appointment.  Oftentimes, even when hypnosis is an appropriate treatment method, it may be clinically indicative to alternate hypnotherapy and psychotherapy sessions in order to be able to process, understand, and integrate the sensory experiences elicited by the hypnosis.
I write this because I frequently receive self-referrals in which the clients requests hypnotherapy exclusively, and says that 'I have already tried talk therapy and it didn't work.'  While I respect a client's right to choose his or her treatment, hypnosis and waking-state (e.g. non-hypnotic) psychotherapy techniques are complementary to one another, and are often necessary together in order to contribute to the meaningful change that clients seek. 
Do I ever utilize hypnotherapy without psychotherapy?  There are two scenarios where this can happen.  The first is when someone is already in psychotherapy with another practitioner, and is referred to me by that practitioner for hypnotherapy as an adjunctive treatment to the current psychotherapy.  The second is when I have done a thorough initial evaluation and determined that the issue is one for which hypnosis should be the primary treatment method.  Oftentimes, this may be when the presenting concern has a primarily behavioral medicine focus (e.g. migraines, irritable bowel syndrome) and/or a referral has been made directly by the client's physician for this reason.  For example, I follow an empirically supported standardized 7-session hypnosis treatment protocol when treating IBS.
For more specific questions about my hypnotherapy services, please contact me directly.



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