Talking points: trauma, hynotherapy, ADHD, insomnia, neurology, psychology

Team, this is an episode chock full of info. I’ve never touched on the subject of hypnotherapy before, but it’s interested me for a while. Professor David Spiegel came to dispel some of the misinfo around hypnosis as a therapeutic practice, and he offered a TON of insight into what’s really happening in the mind and brain during a proper session. If you’ve ever been curious about hypnosis or are looking for new healing methods to try out, this is the episode for you.

(00:00:00) – Intro
(00:03:05)- Myths about hypnosis
(00:09:14) – The neurology behind hypnosis
(00:17:43) – Neurological similarities between hypnosis and psychedelic experiences
(00:24:26) – More on what’s really happening in the brain during a hypnosis session
(00:28:35) – Can hypnosis help with ADHD, and how men tend to have difficult accessing a somatic experience
(00:35:52) – How can hypnotherapy help with trauma?
(00:42:59) – Hypnotherapy and healing the somatic intensity of trauma responses
(00:45:33) – David’s new therapeutic app
(00:52:12) – “It doesn’t have to be either/or, it can be both/and”
(00:56:10) – Insomnia, what’s involved in falling asleep, and how hypnotherapy may help

Dr. David Spiegel is Willson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Center on Stress and Health, and Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he’s been a member of the academic faculty since 1975, and was Chair of the Stanford University Faculty Senate from 2010-2011. David has more than 40 years of clinical and research experience studying psycho-oncology, stress and health, pain control, psychoneuroendocrinology, sleep, hypnosis, and conducting randomized clinical trials involving psychotherapy for cancer patients. He’s published 13 books, 404 scientific journal articles, and 170 book chapters on hypnosis, psychosocial oncology, stress physiology, trauma, and psychotherapy. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Aging, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Fetzer Institute, the Dana Foundation for Brain Sciences, and the Nathan S. Cummings Foundation.

Connect with David:
-David’s app, Reveri:

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