Hello. I am Dr. Bruce Eimer.
I am a licensed and board-certified clinical psychologist in South Florida and I also have chronic pain. My search for relief from my persistent physical pain led me to research almost every pain treatment imaginable.
When I discovered hypnosis over 30 years ago, I knew that I found the treatment that would keep me from becoming an invalid. This led me to learn and practice self-hypnotic skills that saved my life. As a clinical psychologist, I began to use these techniques with patients suffering from chronic pain and the results were life changing.
If you have chronic pain, it is difficult to avoid reflecting on its meaning and wishing for pain relief.
Negative feelings of hopelessness, fear, helplessness, anger, guilt, and sadness increase pain.
The opposites of these negative feelings—courage, love, innocence, and comfort—are the daydreams that translate into relief.
When I learned to use Self-Hypnosis, I recognized that I had a powerful tool to transform:
- Hopelessness into Confidence
- Fear into Courage
- Helplessness into Strength and Preparedness
- Anger into Love and Patience
- Shame into Self-Respect
- Guilt into Innocence
- Sadness into Gratitude
- PAIN into COMFORT
Hypnosis is Not Quackery
It is a Scientifically Validated Treatment
The American Medical Association (AMA) recognized hypnotherapy as an orthodox medical treatment as opposed to an “alternative” or “complementary” treatment in 1958. The AMA also recommended that instruction in hypnosis be included in the curricula of medical schools.
The British Medical Association (BMA) stated in the British Medical Journal in 1955 that hypnosis is an effective modality for treating psychosomatic disorders, removing symptoms, changing morbid thoughts and behaviors, and alleviating pain. The report recommended that medical students and specialists in psychology be trained in hypnosis.
The American Psychological Association (APA) endorsed hypnosis as a branch of psychology in 1960 and recognized that the practice of psychology emerged from the field of hypnosis.
Hypnosis is a natural drug-free method for reducing pain. Just as pain comes on without effort, hypnosis can take away pain effortlessly.
- Hypnosis stimulates production of the body’s natural pain relievers called endorphins.
- Hypnosis activates selective attention thus enabling a person to redirect attention away from pain, or to a different way of thinking about and experiencing the pain.
- Hypnosis relaxes the mind’s critical factor so the doorway to the unconscious can open.
- New information can be introduced to the unconscious mind to change one’s perception of pain and one’s pain experience.
- Almost everyone can experience the benefits of hypnosis if they want to do so.
- Hypnosis makes most psychological and medical treatments more rapid and efficient.
- There are minimal risks associated with hypnosis with a competent hypnosis practitioner.
- Hypnosis can help a person gain more control of his or her pain and symptoms.
In 1998, I condensed my research on the psychological treatment of people with chronic pain into a textbook that is a step-by-step guide to doing psychotherapy and hypnotherapy with chronic pain patients. The book is titled Pain Management Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide. Pain Management Psychotherapy received wide acclaim by top experts in the fields of pain medicine and hypnotherapy.
“This is a practical and informative text that will be of great use to psychologists and psychiatrists who treat people with chronic pain. It is one of the most, specific, helpful, and user-friendly volumes on pain management.” ―Dennis C. Turk, PhD, John & Emma Bonica Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Research University of Washington
“A remarkable, comprehensive, and practical guide for pain management therapy. Everything you wanted to know about the cognitive-behavioral treatment of people with severe pain problems is exceptionally well presented in this book.” ― Albert Ellis, PhD, President Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Author, A Guide to Rational Living
“Pain Management Psychotherapy makes a strong contribution to the clinical literature. It provides a clear overview of the management of persistent pain and offers insight into the psychological and interpersonal nightmare experienced by pain patients. This important work will help therapists better understand and treat chronic debilitating pain.” ― Richard S. Weiner, PhD, Executive Director America 0n Academy of Pain Management
“An exceptional handbook. Clinicians will emerge knowing how to mitigate the suffering of people in pain.” ― Arnold A. Lazarus, PhD, ABPP Distinguished Professor of Psychology Emeritus Rutgers University Author, Brief But Comprehensive Psychotherapy
“A definitive and comprehensive text for assessing and treating patients suffering acute, subacute, or chronic pain. I heartily endorse and recommend this text to students and practitioners alike.” ― C. David Tollison, PhD Editor, The Handbook of Pain Management
You can purchase my book, Pain Management Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide, on Amazon.
In 2002, I compiled what I had learned up to that point into a self-help book that is a summary of the best ways to get relief from chronic pain without drugs. Therapists and doctors also use my book. This book is titled Hypnotize Yourself Out of Pain Now! A Powerful User-Friendly Program for Anyone Searching for Immediate Pain Relief. My book received wide acclaim by pain experts in the fields of psychology, hypnotherapy and medicine.
“Hypnotize Yourself Out of Pain Now! is a treasure trove of coping strategies in the management of pain, offering a series of well-thought-out and well-grounded approaches that respect the individual’s uniqueness. Dr. Eimer permits readers to become their own coach and to proceed at their own pace. Readers learn to: assess their progress through a variety of rating sheets, engage in self-hypnosis, use soothing mind-body interventions and exercises—all to generate pain relief now. This book promises to be of great value for anyone determined to change pain behaviors into well behaviors but also represents a tremendous resource to any health-care professional assisting patients in managing pain.” —Elvira V. Lang, M.D., Associate Professor of Radiology and Medicine, Harvard Medical School Director, Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
“A valuable and effective self-help manual for coping with pain—one of the best documented applications of therapeutic hypnosis.” —Ernest Rossi, Ph.D., author of The Psychobiology of Mind-Body Healing: New Concepts of Therapeutic Hypnosis
“A thought-provoking book for the person who suffers from chronic pain. Great reading for both the layperson and professional.” —Charles B. Mutter, M.D., ABMH, psychiatrist in private practice, Past President, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis Diplomate, and Past President, American Board of Medical Hypnosis
“A valuable and much needed text detailing many hypnotic approaches to the treatment of pain. Among them, Dr. Eimer employs Ego State Therapy in a responsible and innovative way.” —John G. Watkins, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Montana, Missoula and Helen H. Watkins, M.A., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, authors of Ego States: Theory and Therapy and founders of Ego State Therapy
“This book has much to offer the person with persistent pain. Dr. Eimer goes right to the questions that need to be answered for a satisfactory understanding of persistent pain, taking into account the coping style of the person who has it. His search for relief from the pain of his own physical illness has led him to research and practice the self-hypnotic skills that have helped keep him from being an invalid. He has condensed this research into a book that is a summary of the best ways to achieve pain relief with self- hypnosis.” —Dabney M. Ewin, M.D., FACS, ABMH, Diplomate, American Board of Medical Hypnosis and Past President, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
You can purchase my popular book accompanied by powerful audio recordings on my website.
Are You a Health Care Professional? Become a Pain Control Hypnosis Practitioner
Did you know that Pain Control Hypnosis is becoming the number one result for hypnotic pain relief searches online? I offer a 2-day live online certification course to become a Pain Control Hypnosis Practitioner. This 2-day live webinar is intended for the experienced mental health clinician (psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker, licensed professional counselor, nurse practitioner, pastoral counselor) and health professional (physicians, nurses, dentists) who may or may not be familiar with clinical hypnosis and the applications of this treatment method to chronic pain.
If you are a professional therapist, hypnotherapist, or a licensed health professional, now you can benefit from my more than thirty years of experience helping people with chronic pain get relief using Pain Control Hypnosis.
In this exclusive online training, you will learn evidence-based strategies and treatment methods that you can use to help patients with persistent physical pain get pain relief.
After taking my Certified Pain Control Practitioner course, you will return to your practice trained and prepared to teach clients and patients whose pain is poorly controlled how to transform their daydreams of less pain into waking reality.
When you take this course, you will learn…
- How to use mindfulness techniques and hypnosis to create immediate pain relief
- How to effectively address common objections to using “Pain Psychology” and Hypnosis
- How to assess what really matters at the outset
- How to build and maintain rapport with the disillusioned pain patient
- How to work within the medical system
- How to get referrals
- How to teach effective self-hypnosis exercises
- The eight common thought patterns of chronic pain patients
- The “Seven D’s” of pain alleviation
- Why less pain medication spells more pain relief
- AND MUCH MORE . . .
You will complete this intensive training course with the education you need to expand your psychotherapy practice with an important new specialty niche as a Pain Control Hypnosis Practitioner.
My pre-recorded Hypnosis for Pain video course will provide you with a thorough introduction so that you can begin to use Hypnosis in your practice for chronic pain management. The course includes my eBook, Hypnotize Yourself Out of Pain Now (First Edition), a complete set of written course materials, condensed videos of me teaching a 2-day Pain Control Hypnosis class, and a knowledge test that you have to pass to get CE credit.
This online video course will give you…
- A toolbox of techniques for helping your clients get realistic relief from chronic pain
- A template for a thorough pain intake interview
- Instructions for assessing a client’s suitability for hypnosis for pain control
- A framework for developing client centered hypnotic strategies for taming pain
- Principles for creating individualized hypnotic suggestions for pain transformation
- Principles and techniques for using regression and hypnoanalysis for discovering and releasing emotional factors blocking lasting pain relief
- Effective ways for using hypnosis to help your clients reduce pain intensity when appropriate, and to reduce unnecessary emotional suffering
Pain is Depressing!
Are you a person who suffers from chronic pain?
Do you care for someone who suffers from chronic pain?
Have you or they tried every treatment known to man with little to no success?
If you have had pain for a long time that has not responded to treatment, it is natural to become disillusioned and expect nothing to work. But you do not have to continue to suffer!
I am dedicated to helping people get pain relief. I have devoted my life to helping people get pain relief.
Call me to schedule a FREE 15-minute consultation to learn how I can help you get relief from your persistent pain with Pain Control Hypnosis.
Call 561-377-1039. Or click here to schedule a FREE phone consultation with me.
Anybody who professes to have all the answers is a fraud. There is so much to learn!
When I began working in a busy hospital pain clinic in 2011, I encountered complicated pain patients with multiple diagnoses.
- Most of the patients had chronic pain for years and were disabled from work.
- Many had multiple surgeries which had caused more complications.
- Many patients suffered from anxiety, depression, mood disorders and anger problems.
- Many of the patients had substance abuse disorders.
- Many of the patients had come to the pain clinic solely for prescription opioids.
- Many of the patients had severe personality disorders.
And to make things even more difficult, many of the patients did not want to see anyone except the doctor who prescribed pain medicine!
This Pain Clinic was truly a place where the proverbial “rubber met the road”.
I realized how much I did not know even after being a Pain Specialist for over 20 years.
WHAT A HUMBLING EXPERIENCE!
Well, I learned fast. I developed a Pain Psychology and Behavioral Medicine Program at the Pain Clinic.
I learned about pain medications.
I figured out how to make my Pain Management Psychotherapy brief and more strategic.
I truly learned the meaning of the term Solution-Focused Psychotherapy.
I got to use a lot of Clinical Hypnosis.
One day my boss (a Board-Certified Pain Management Physician) came back from a seminar on Mindfulness at Harvard Medical School with one of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s students. My boss asked me if I was using Mindfulness in my practice.
I told her that I used Clinical Hypnosis. She wondered whether the results of hypnotic sessions lasted, or whether they wore off. I told her that it depended on different factors.
She responded that it seemed that the Mindfulness tool was a portable skill for pain management that did not depend on a patient’s ability to be hypnotized or the patient’s responsiveness to Post-Hypnotic Suggestions.
I understood what she was trying to tell me. I began incorporating Mindfulness Training into my Clinical Hypnosis sessions.
I discovered that once a patient accepted Mindfulness Suggestions, the effects of these suggestions were long-lasting. And my Mindfulness Suggestions proved to be effective in neutralizing the “sting” of most types of physical pain. My mindfulness suggestions also:
- Increased pain tolerance
- Reduced perceived pain severity
- Improved functionality
- Improved quality of life
- Sharpened attention
- Increased self-acceptance
- Increased acceptance of what was out of one’s control
- Diminished anxiety
- Diminished depression
- Diminished anger
- And the list goes on . . .
Incorporating Mindfulness into my practice improved my effectiveness as a therapist. And it improved my ability to help pain patients get lasting pain relief!
I decided to write a new self-help book for people with chronic pain. I began writing the book in 2014. I produced several drafts, but I was not satisfied with any of them.
- This book had to address the needs of complicated chronic pain patients.
- It had to be realistic.
- It had to be readable and without “psycho-babble”.
- It had to be practical.
- It needed to be simple and enjoyable to read.
- It had to address drug use problems.
- It had to teach pain control skills.
- It had to include useful Mindfulness Meditation exercises.
- It had to integrate Mindfulness and Hypnosis.
- It had to include stories and case examples.
- It had to have a good flow.
For several years, the book stayed in limbo. Then I experienced some health scares and I had to stop working at the Pain Clinic. I went on Disability. I moved to South Florida. COVID-19 arrived. This proved to be an optimal opportunity to return to the incomplete book and focus on finishing this important book. I had gained a lot of knowledge after working at the Pain Clinic for almost eight years. I still didn’t know everything (of course not!), but I had learned a lot along the way.
In the Spring of 2020, with the collaboration of my friend and colleague Roy Hunter, the book got finished! If you have been fighting with persistent pain for far too long without any significant pain relief, it is time to try another way. Read our new book, Taming Chronic Pain: A Mindful Approach for Bringing Pain Relief and learn how to combine the power of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Clinical Hypnosis to bring pain relief.
Read our book and learn how to communicate with your body to address your body’s gripes and pains in ways that are calming, comforting, and healing.
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