The use and abuse of substances has been a problem throughout the country for decades. Treatment programs attempt to mitigate the issue, but death rates from all drugs are rising each year, showing a need to implement alternate treatment options. This literature review analyzed multiple scholarly articles on the components of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy. The visualization technique used in Hypnotherapy mirrors The Miracle Question that is used in Solution-Focused Therapy. Connecting this knowledge to what scientists and researchers are discovering in the field of Neuroscience allows us to see that it is possible to harness the power of the mind using Hypnotherapy as a potential treatment for substance use, and other mental health issues.

Date of Award

Fall 12-21-2022

Document Type

Capstone Paper

Degree Name

Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Counselor Education

First Advisor

Rieko Miyakuni


Winona, Minnesota



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