Gray Matters

                                   ...for when life is not black & white

                             Pamela Balentine, Ph.D.




Hypnotherapy: Hypnosis, a state of inward attention and focused concentration that provides a safe and secure state of mind in which to both examine the roots of problems and explore promising alternatives. 

      Hypnosis has many applications in therapeutic settings. Virtually unlimited - among them are: 

  • Building Confidence and Self Esteem

  • Sleep Disorders and Disturbances

  • Interpersonal Problems

  • Depression

  • Pain & Stress Management

  • Habit Control

  • Academic and Athletic Performance

  • Help with Life Transitions

  • Preparation for Medical/Dental Procedures

  • Blocks to  Motivation and Creativity

  • Treatment for Grief and Loss


Clinical hypnotherapy provides a safe and secure state of mind in which to examine the roots of problems, explore promising alternatives, and make healthier choices.

Hypnosis is a state of inward attention and focused concentration. When the mind is concentrated and focused, people are better able to tap into and utilize their inner resources, to make personal changes, and learn how to better govern their own lives.  Because hypnosis allows people to use more of their potential, they gain more self-control (it is a myth that people lose control during hypnosis).

Hypnosis can help you enter a relaxed, comfortable, trance state for obtaining specific therapeutic outcomes. With clinical hypnotherapy, the therapist can make suggestions designed to help you formulate specific internal processes (feelings, images and internal self-talk) that will lead to mutually agreed upon outcomes.

Do not confuse Stage Hypnosis with Hypnotherapy.  Stage hypnosis is entertainment, pure and simple. The people on stage have volunteered because they want to do these things, and be the center of attention.  Social compliance is a large part of these shows - some would say social compliance is the whole show! When people are hypnotized, their subconscious still looks after them. People will not do anything they do not want to simply because they are hypnotized.

Hypnosis is currently used in dentistry, medicine and psychology and has proved helpful if used alongside more conventional treatments and therapies.

There are many different therapeutic techniques which can be used with hypnosis, and almost as many schools of thought behind those techniques.

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Pamela Balentine, Ph.D.                                                                                         
Escanaba, MI  49829
(906) 233-1848
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