Cedar Valley clinician offers hypnosis to treat patients with anxiety

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) – Thursday was ‘National Clinical Hypnosis Day.’

Hypnosis has been around since the 1700s. Now, it’s being used to help people overcome anxiety or phobias.

Tim Doyle is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner at Unity Point Clinic Family Medicine in Cedar Falls.

He told KWWL sometimes, people don’t respond to medicine or counseling, so he recommends clinical hypnosis. He’s been doing it for about two years and has helped more than 150 patients in the Cedar Valley.

Hypnosis is the power of suggestion. Patients are in an altered state of consciousness.

Doyle said clinical hypnosis is different than what you may see at fairs or parties.

“That’s totally separate from what we do, you know. That’s an act, that is almost a show. We’re not using that, you know, I can’t make people do things they don’t want to do,” Doyle said. “Most people are fully awake the whole time. They’re having a conversation just like you would with a friend or a family member.”

Each hypnosis session lasts about an hour. It can treat cases such as overeating, obesity or fear of heights.

“If we use it for anxiety, a lot of people are going to have a fear, but then there’s always a story behind the fear, and so a lot of times, in order to get to the root of the problem, you have to go a little behind the scenes what are the precipitating factors that have led that person to enter your door or clinic,” Doyle explained.

Olivia Schmitt

Olivia Schmitt

Morning Reporter at KWWL
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