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Craig Meriwether CHT-CMS practices Integral Hypnotherapy™—the adaptive, client-centered and collaborative approach to healing. Craig is a trained Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Certified Medical Support Specialist having completed 500 hours of classroom style education in this comprehensive methodology at the prestigious Hypnotherapy Academy of America, North America’s premier hypnotherapy training institute, taught by leading experts in the field and physicians. Click here for More About Craig

Because Integral Hypnotherapy is adaptive and emphasizes collaboration between client and therapist, its healing possibilities as an effective adjunctive therapy are extensive.

Integral Hypnotherapy is the ONLY style of hypnotherapy that has been scientifically validated through a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded study, which found it to be an effective, and in many cases, “superior” form of therapy. Based on a 4 year, 3-million-dollar NIH funded study treating Overactive Bladder Syndrome (Urgency Urinary Incontinence). Click Here for more details on the research.

It is estimated that only 5% of hypnotherapists have the 500 hours of classroom style certification training in hypnotherapy that Craig does. Unfortunately, the vast majority of hypnotherapists have only 80 to 200 hours of training, many through correspondence courses online, with little or no clinical skills supervision.

What Is Hypnotherapy

I became a Hypnotherapist after being fascinated with the idea that you can give someone a sugar pill, a saline injection or even perform some fake surgery or give someone a fake treatment, and a certain percentage of those people through their belief that they will be healed will get better with a substance that has zero healing capability. Their body’s automated healing abilities take over and create the exact chemicals within their own physiology equal to the substance that they think they’re taking. That is the placebo effect.

So, the big question is, is there a way to tap into the placebo effect and mobilize our inner resources for healing without having to be tricked with fake medicine and procedures?

The placebo effect proves we have the capabilities to help heal our bodies. Researchers and scientists have been proving that over and over again for over a hundred years.

So how does one harness the power of their own belief system, how does one harness the power of their subconscious mind without using a sugar pill?

Can you teach a person to relax the mind and body to the point where you can tap into the body’s healing response and change their state of being?

YES! This is where hypnotherapy comes in.

Hypnotherapy is designed to illuminate possible patterns of beliefs in your subconscious mind that may be blocking you from health, joy, success, and abundance in your life today, and add positive, healing suggestions to “program” your subconscious mind for success, health and reaching your full potential.

The Subconscious Mind Is In Control

You don’t choose between a program and no program.
You choose between a conscious program and an unconscious program.

If you’re not consciously working your program,
You’re being worked by your unconscious program.

Your subconscious mind influences your conscious mind and your body all day long. That’s because, as research from neuroscientists tells us, the mind is made up of 3% conscious and 97% subconscious. Only with tremendous effort and thousands upon thousands of repetitions can the conscious mind even attempt to influence the subconscious mind. Until we learn how to access the subconscious directly, lasting changes to your programming cannot be made quickly or easily.

However, hypnotherapy doesn’t give you control over anything you’ve never had control over. Hypnotherapy simply gives you a way of accessing what you’ve always had control over and never took the time to access or train. You’ve always had the ability to access your subconscious mind, to take responsibility for your emotions, actions and beliefs, but you’ve never had the training to do it.

In hypnotherapy we always begin with the solution, the desired goal, in mind and then sometimes make our way backward into the source of an issue that we can clean up, clear it out, and replace it with a positive alternative.

The foundation of hypnotherapy is the knowledge and ability that you can remove what is limiting us and in its place plant what helps us.  

Your Subconscious Mind Is Trying To Get Your Attention

Also, when we are not in alignment with who we are within our mind, body and soul, our subconscious mind will attempt to communicate this information to our conscious mind. However, often times our conscious mind does not understand the language of the subconscious mind.

The subconscious mind communicates through emotions, imagery, dreams, bodily sensations, symptoms and ailments. The body is our subconscious mind in action. It is a major communication tool between the conscious and subconscious mind. It’s as the minds check engine light came on. You’re not exactly sure what the problem is, just that there is a problem.

The best way to find out what the subconscious is trying “say” is to communicate to it directly.

Hypnosis Is A Natural State of Deep Relaxation.

Hypnosis is simply a state of heightened awareness, sometimes called a trance, that’s achieved through guided relaxation. Another way to define hypnosis is that it is simply a state of relaxed focus.

Hypnotherapy is the clinical use of hypnosis for therapeutic benefits. By using guided therapeutic relaxation, hypnotherapy utilizes this natural trance state to create change in a person’s life.

“Hypnosis is a state of narrowed consciousness, and hypnotherapy is using that consciousness toward a goal,” says Dr. Andrea Bradford, an assistant professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, who practices hypnotherapy on some of her patients.

Hypnotherapy activates your natural healing process. It mobilizes the subconscious mind (the body’s autonomic nervous system) to do the healing. Hypnotherapy doesn’t do the healing, it is a technique that actives your own natural healing potential.

Through using deep therapeutic relaxation, Hypnotherapy moves the body out of the fight or flight stress response and into the healing relaxation response. The hypnotherapist then adds positive healing suggestions and instructions for the subconscious mind to respond to.

Hypnotherapy gives transformative and empowering access into your subconscious mind to remove limiting beliefs that keep you from health and well-being.

Let Go of Your Baggage

To grow and evolve as a human being, you need to first be free of old beliefs and behavior patterns before you can begin to take new action. Baggage is anything that prevents you from being who you’re meant to be, from doing what you’re supposed to do, and from having the things you deserve to have. For example, here are some signs of baggage:

  • Overwhelming anger that prevents you from trusting people.
  • Heightened fear that keeps you from going after your dreams and goals.
  • Debilitating sadness that makes it near impossible for you to see beyond the fog that shrouds you.
  • Beliefs like, “It’s not safe to be myself,” “I’m not good enough,” “I’m invisible,” and “I don’t have what it takes.”

Old baggage perpetuates negative thinking, harmful words (to yourself and others), and an inability to move forward in life. When you free yourself from past baggage, your thoughts, words, and actions generate positivity, reflect kindness, and ignite empowerment. From this space, the karma you create on a daily basis becomes more and more beneficial for you, others, and the world.

Our subconscious mind is one of the greatest resources available to us for self-mastery and to realize our full potential. From small shifts to major transformations, hypnotherapy is an incredible educational tool that is available to everyone to deal with the issues that are holding you back from living life to the fullest.

How is hypnotherapy different from traditional methods?
The core difference between hypnotherapy and other methods is depth and speed. Using natural techniques like relaxation, guided imagery, and the trance state, hypnotherapy is able to access the subconscious mind and transform your unconscious limiting beliefs that may be holding you back from reaching your goals and dreams.

Hypnotherapy is used to help you resolve a specific issue, attain a goal, and create positive permanent change – many times when all else has failed.

Hypnotherapy is therapeutic,
not in that it’s doing something to you,
but in drawing out what is already there.

Some Of The Many Ways Hypnotherapy
Can Be Used To

Reach Your Full Potential

Medical Applications
Hypnotherapy is a great resource for adjunct medical support. From shorter recovery times and accelerated healing, to pain control and immune support, the applications are wide yet effective.

Lifestyle, Self-Esteem, Identity
From weight control to getting a good night’s rest, hypnotherapy can help address the root causes of what might be preventing one from making such adjustments. Working at the subconscious level, we’re able to shift our self-identity and realize a more positive perspective, helping garner grounded yet positive self-esteem.

Growth & Fulfillment
While most of us have dreams and goals of more fulfilling lives, many fail to realize them. Hypnotherapy can help remove internal road blocks that prevent us from reaching our full potential. Want more self-confidence and self-esteem? Is fear holding you back from starting a new business? Are old patterns keeping you from enriching relationships? Do you want more confidence when speaking in public? By transforming the limiting beliefs you have about yourself, your deep mind can help achieve the life you desire.

Trauma Recovery
Negative life experiences are sometimes a natural part of life and unavoidable. However, the prolonged suffering and the mental and emotional set backs caused by them do not have to be. Because we have the ability to ‘re-program’ the mind and amend our perceptions of past events, we can help alleviate much of the heaviness we sometimes tend to carry long after our negative life experiences.

Sports Performance
Every athlete and musician knows that the mind plays a crucial role in achieving peak performance. However, your subconscious can literally cause you to be paralyzed with fear, lose your confidence, and block your natural and authentic performance.

By utilizing the right mental techniques you can:

  • increase your effectiveness
  • reach your true potential
  • and get back to having fun on the field or in the concert hall

Whether you are a dancer, gymnast, wrestler, mixed martial artist, golfer, baseball player, football player, soccer player, runner, rock climber, or any other athlete or musician, hypnotherapy can help you achieve the performance you desire.

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Craig is a graduate of the Hypnotherapy Academy of America where he successfully completed 500 hours of Clinical Hypnotherapy Training receiving his Certification as a Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapist. He is a Fellow of the International Board of Hypnotherapy which has the highest certification standards in the industry requiring continuing education for re-certification. Craig’s professional training and education ranks amongst top 5% of hypnotherapists in the U.S.

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My intention and purpose is to meet the needs of each individual person. Each client receives a personalized strategy that considers their unique conditions, needs and circumstances.

I do not analyze, diagnose, prescribe, or give advice during our hypnotherapy sessions. We do not meet so that I can “fix” you. If I claim the hero role in order to fix you then that would make you the victim in need of rescuing. You cannot heal from a place of victimhood.

As I wrote above, Hypnotherapy activates YOUR natural healing process. It mobilizes your subconscious mind (the autonomic nervous system) to do the healing. Hypnotherapy doesn’t do the healing, it is a technique that actives your own natural healing potential.

Your subconscious knows better than anyone what the issue in need of healing is and how to resolve it. Though I will be coaching you through our hypnotherapy sessions together, all insights and guidance comes from you, the one person who knows you best.

That’s why, on average, most clients need 3 to 6, sometimes 8, sessions to achieve effective and long term results. We go straight to the one entity that has the answers, your subconscious mind.

Using the most appropriate hypnotherapeutic interventions, Integrative Hypnotherapy is a collaborative approach to physical, emotional, and mental healing. Working in partnership with you and helping you tap into your body’s natural and intuitive healing power allows you to maximize your own potential for health and well-being.

We are the best Flagstaff Hypnotherapy. Authentic, healing hypnotherapy in Flagstaff AZ to help with stress, anxiety, healing acceleration, pain control, trauma reversal, weight loss, balance mental and emotional wellness, past life regression therapy, and much more. Our Flagstaff hypnotherapy provides the healing you need.

Hypnosis Is A Natural State of Mind

Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that we all experience several times each day. Daydreaming, “road hypnosis” while driving, and the relaxed dreamy way we feel as we drift in or out of sleep are all natural states of hypnosis. Even the simple act of watching TV can bring a person into a light hypnotic state. (One of the reasons that TV commercials can be so effective!)

In the state of hypnosis, our subconscious mind is open to receiving information. The subconscious mind is the automatic pilot of our body. It stores our habits, emotions, and beliefs about ourselves and the world around us. The subconscious mind also has a profound impact on our body’s tendency to be healthy or ill, relaxed or anxious. Communicating effectively with this part of our mind can result in profound and positive changes in our lives.

An actual hypnosis session involves deep relaxation to bring the body into a balanced state, releasing tension, stress and anxiety. This deep relaxation helps to quiet the conscious mind, and frees up the subconscious mind to receive new, empowering ideas and information more easily.

Clinical Research Into Hypnotherapy

Modern academic research into hypnosis accelerated four decades ago when Ernest Hilgard, Ph.D. established the Laboratory of Hypnosis Research at Stanford University. Harvard psychiatrist Martin Orne, M.D. followed with pioneering research, which shaped much of today’s hypnosis clinical practice.

Today, hypnosis is supported by renowned research institutions like the National Institutes of Health and the Mayo Clinic. It is safe and natural. It’s a proven tool to resolve the concerns that impact the quality of life for millions of people.

Hypnosis by the Numbers

Numerous studies — covering everything from weight loss and smokingcessation, to pain control, stress management and accelerated learning — conclude that guided hypnosis is more effective and longer lasting than other methods to change behavior or responses to stress or pain.

Weight Loss

  • A University of Connecticut analysis of 18 studies comparing cognitive behavioral therapy such as relaxation training, self-monitoring, or goal setting found that people who received hypnosis lost more weight than 90% of people who had not tried hypnosis and they maintained the weight loss after two years.1
  • A study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology concluded that a weight management program, which included hypnosis was over 30 times more effective than a weight management program alone. The study evaluated patients for two years and found that the patients who received hypnosis continued to lose weight, while the control group experienced little additional change.2
  • Another study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology found that adding hypnosis to a weight loss program more than doubled its effectiveness and that the benefits of hypnosis increased substantially over time.3


  • A University of Iowa analysis reviewing the findings of more than 600 studies involving 72-thousand patients in the United States and Europe found that hypnosis was three times more effective than the nicotine patch and 15 times more effective than willpower to quit smoking.4
  • The University of Washington School of Medicine reported a 90.6% success rate for smoking cessation for 6 months to three years after hypnosis.5
  • A study published in the Journal of Nursing Science found that smokers who had undergone hypnosis were more than twice as likely to remain smoke-free after two years.6


  • Researchers at a Belgian university found that more than 1,400 surgical patients, who received only local anesthesia supported by hypnosis, experienced faster recovery and greater post-operative comfort, including less anxiety, less pain and less need for pain medications.7
  • A study reported in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management found that the addition of hypnosis to a pain management program significantly reduced patient reports of intense pain.8
  • Researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine who used randomized controlled studies found that hypnosis has a reliable and significant impact on acute procedural pain and chronic pain conditions. Studies of central nervous system activity found evidence of actual physiological differences in how patients who had hypnosis responded to pain.9 A separate study by scientists in Sweden also noted biological changes in the cerebral blood flow of pain patients supported by hypnosis.10

Stress, Anxiety & Healing

  • Two studies from Harvard Medical School show hypnosis significantly reduces the time it takes to heal. One found that six weeks after an ankle fracture, those in the hypnosis group showed the equivalent of eight and a half weeks of healing. The other found that patients supported with hypnosis healed “significantly faster” than other patients after breast reduction surgery.11
  • A study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy found that 261 veterans who were supported with hypnosis three to five times per week during treatment for drug and alcohol abuse reported the highest levels of self-esteem and serenity, and the least anger/impulsivity, compared to control groups. 12

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    Research Citations

    1 University of Connecticut, Storrs Allison DB, Faith MS. Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for obesity: a meta-analytic reappraisal. J Consult Clin Psychol. 1996;64(3):513-516.

    2 Cochrane, Gordon; Friesen, J. (1986). Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 489-492.

    3 Kirsch, Irving (1996). Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments–Another meta-reanalysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64 (3), 517-519.

    4 University of Iowa, Journal of Applied Psychology, How One in Five Give Up Smoking. October 1992.

    5 University of Washington School of Medicine, Depts. of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine, Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2001 Jul;49(3):257-66. Barber J.

    6 Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence. Wynd, CA. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2005; 37:3, pages 245-250.

    7 [Hypnosis and its application in surgery] Faymonville ME, Defechereux T, Joris J, Adant JP, Hamoir E, Meurisse M, Service d’Anesthesie-Reanimation, Universite de Liege, Rev Med Liege. 1998 Jul;53(7):414-8.

    8 Dahlgren LA, Kurtz RM, Strube MJ, Malone MD, Differential effects of hypnotic suggestion on multiple dimensions of pain. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management. 1995; 10(6): 464-70.

    9 Hypnosis and clinical pain. Patterson DR, Jensen MP, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA USA 98104 Psychol Bull. 2003 Jul;129(4):495-521.

    10 Harvard Medical School, Carol Ginandes and Union Institute in Cincinnati, Patricia Brooks, Harvard University Gazette Online at

    11 American Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy (a publication of the American Psychological Association) 2004 Apr;46(4):281-97)


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