Entranced and amazed by hypnosis
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer
Monday, 19 August 2013 10:03
WATERVILLE - Angela Korte is entranced by hypnosis.
|Hypnotherapist Angela Korte, owner of "Better Things to Come" in Waterville, Ohio. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
"I still get amazed at the power of how this works," she said in a recent interview.
"I'm, of all people, the biggest skeptic."
A full-time, state-licensed therapist, Korte, Bowling Green, practices hypnotherapy as a side business. She arrived at the unique avocation first to help family members with chronic pain issues, and secondly because her husband suggested she find a hobby.
"I've found my hobby," she said. "I love this. It has all the components of it. I get to be creative, I get to work with people," and it keeps her fascinated.
Korte studied about the field at the Personal Growth School of Hypnotherapy in Cleveland Heights, a school licensed by the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools, during 2012 and began her practice, Better Things to Come, 1200 Michigan Ave., Waterville, in November.
Hypnotherapy, she said, can be used as treatment for a variety of issues, including smoking cessation, weight loss, anxiety and depression, as well as pain management.
"With hypnosis, you don't need to worry about adverse side effects," or other issues.
"They just walk away feeling refreshed and renewed."
While the stereotype of hypnosis shows film villains or stage hypnotists putting people into trances and making them act against their will, Korte said that kind of control is impossible - hypnotherapy clients have to be willing participants, or the therapy simply won't work.
"I cannot do anything to you," she said, explaining that "I'm giving you instructions," like a GPS in your car.
"You can choose to go right or left at any time," but "I can only suggest that you go there."
"I can't make people say something they don't want to say," or act contrary to their beliefs or values.
"If you truly don't want to stop smoking," she said, "all the hypnotherapy in the world will not stop it."
"Everybody thinks a hypnotherapist has this power," but "that's not the case."
Korte usually employs a method called "long induction" with her clients, in which a person slowly relaxes themselves from head to toe, usually in concert with visualization techniques.
This enables a transition from the conscious to the sub-conscious mind of the client, which is more open and creative.
The "trance states" usually last about an hour, and Korte said the experience feels similar to daydreaming.
Indeed, "every one of us has this ability, and we go in and out of hypnosis all day long."
While Korte acknowledges the work of mass hypnotists who can perform hypnotherapy on large crowds at once, she prefers working more closely with her clients so she can get to know them and receive feedback.
"You don't get the personalized treatment, I guess," with a large group.
"Trying to create an induction for each individual person that lasts an hour is quite a challenge," she said. "It's very creative. I like that part of it."