Melanie has years of experience as a registered nurse and earned a Master of Science in 1998 from Salisbury University. She currently teaches Mental Health Nursing at Wor-wic Community College. In 2004, she was certified by the National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists as a Certified Hypnotherapist and in 2008 received her Master Transpersonal Hypnotherapist certification. Hypnotherapy can be used for balancing, spiritual growth, and behavior modification: smoking cessation, weight loss, stress relief in a private or group setting.
What is hypnotherapy?
The term “hypnosis” is derived from the Greek word hypnos, meaning “sleep.” Hypnotherapists typically use exercises that bring about deep relaxation and an altered state of consciousness, also known as a trance. Many people routinely experience a trance-like state while they are watching television or sitting at a red light. A person in a trance or deeply focused state is unusually responsive to an idea or image, but this does not mean that a hypnotist can control the person’s mind and free will. On the contrary, hypnosis can actually teach people how to master their own states of awareness. By doing so they can affect their own bodily functions and psychological responses.