Watch Two Women Undergo Hypnotherapy To Help Ease Depression and Suicidal Ideation (Video)

Certified clinical hypnotherapist Amanda Ehrman works with clients struggling with issues with anxiety, self-esteem, confidence and motivation.

By Amy Spencer
January 8, 2020

There was a time hypnosis was seen as little more than a theatrical side show with participants waddling around a stage squawking like chickens. But now, hypnotherapy—using the tool of hypnosis for therapeutic purposes—is being embraced by those who are ready to take their mental health treatment to the next level.

Now two such women are giving hypnotherapy a shot.

Nicole Galinson, age 21, is a photographer who has suffered such debilitating depression and anxiety that she’s had thoughts of suicide. And when her attempts to ask friends and family for help went unnoticed or untreated, “I just sort of started becoming a bit despondent and detached and disassociated from myself completely,” Galinson told Outlier. “I lost all hope that anything would ever change.

Alexis Schneider, 21, an actress, has had her own struggles—at times finding her thoughts racing out of control, she says, “just constantly going and going and going.” Her friends chalked up her issues to being dramatic, and “I had boyfriends tell me I was crazy, that I was psycho.”

Today, they’re sitting down for a session with certified clinical hypnotherapist Amanda Ehrman, who works with clients struggling with issues with anxiety, self-esteem, confidence, and motivation. “Hypnotherapy,” said Ehrman, “is really just another way of saying a heightened state of meditation.” Hypnosis has a rich history in ancient cultures but was introduced scientifically in the late 1700s by German physician Franz Mesmer (thus the term “mesmerize”). In the 1950s, hypnosis was recognized by the American Medical Association; and in 2016, Stanford University researchers confirmed that some areas of the brain do indeed function differently during hypnosis. By decreasing some areas of activity and altering connectivity between others, hypnosis ultimately acts to lower a person’s self-consciousness as they fall into a relaxed, trance-like state that may make the mind more receptive to new messaging. According to the Mayo Clinic, hypnosis continues to be studied to aid in pain control, cancer treatment side effects, mental health conditions and behavior modification.

Watch Outlier’s video see Ehrman take Galinson and Schneider on a journey to a relaxing and empowering location—a “happy place” they can later return to when needed. Which is exactly the goal.

Hypnotherapy is “really rooted in self empowerment,” said Ehrman, “encouraging that individual that they do have the power within, and I’m here to help them unlock it.”

About the Writer:
Amy Spencer is a Los Angeles-based journalist who has written cover stories for Parade, Men’s Journal, New York magazine and Glamour and has written three books about happiness and optimism, including Bright Side Up recommended by O, the Oprah Magazine.

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