I am a certified, approved consultant in clinical hypnosis from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Clinical hypnosis is a powerful tool that can help you to heal and gain self-control by learning to focus your mind in a natural state of deep concentration. Hypnosis involves the induction of a state of mind that is focused and absorbed, but at the same time relaxed and open. In this state of concentrated attention, you can become more open to positive suggestions for growth and healing. Thus, the hypnotic state can enable you to resolve life problems quickly and effectively. Also, hypnosis facilitates personal growth by helping people to overcome learned limitations. Hypnosis allows you to bypass the conscious mind, which often holds us back with worries, doubts, or limiting beliefs. As you learn to enter into the hypnotic state, you can put the interference of these conscious limitations to rest, thereby enabling you to change and live your life the way you want to. Hypnosis can also be used for pain relief, as well as mind-body communication and healing. A large body of well-controlled research indicates that hypnosis can reduce pain often to a greater extent than conventional medical treatments. Hypnosis can influence the body through the autonomic nervous system, a network of nerves connecting the brain to the organs of the body that controls the stress reaction and relaxation response. Brain imaging studies have shown that hypnosis also influences brain structures that gate signals from the body to the cortex for the regulation of thought and emotion. Contrary to popular myth, the hypnotist does not put someone in a trance and dominate their will. Instead, during clinical hypnosis, I will present to you ideas and suggestions that will evoke mental imagery and metaphorical associations which will help you to enter into your own self-hypnotic state. All hypnosis is really self-hypnosis. I serve as a guide to help you stimulate your own inner resources for growth and healing. Hypnosis is most effective when you are highly motivated to change or overcome a problem. The change that can occur from clinical hypnosis may happen rapidly or gradually, depending on your issue and your receptivity to the hypnotic state. To learn more about this amazing technique, visit the website of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, or for more in-depth reading on the science of hypnosis, take a look at this webpage by John Kihlstrom, Professor of Psychology from University of California at Berkeley, one of the world’s greatest authorities on hypnosis and the scientific study of consciousness. I have used hypnosis successfully to treat a wide array of emotional, behavioral, and mind-body issues.

Fees and Information

Initial session and assessment – $150 per 50-minute session

Individual therapy or hypnosis – $150 per 50-minute session

Couples or family therapy – $165 per 50-minute session

A substantial percentage of the cost of these services may be covered by your health insurance if you have out-of-network benefits

For more information about my part-time psychotherapy practice in Salt Lake City, UT, click here or call 801-441-3160.

For a map of my practice location, click Goodwill Humanitarian Building (map).

Eric Garland, Ph.D., LCSW, is a licensed psychotherapist in Utah, an Approved Consultant from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, a professional member of the National Association of Social Workers, and a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice. He completed a fellowship in integrative medicine funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, where he conducted clinical research on mindfulness-oriented treatments for addiction, irritable bowel syndrome, and other stress- and pain-related conditions. In addition to providing counseling, Dr. Garland is an Associate Professor in the University of Utah College of Social Work, where he teaches cognitive-behavioral therapy and conducts clinical research on mindfulness-based interventions.