Rana Duncan comes to hypnotherapy after years of professional experience as a licensed clinical social worker and as a professor teaching undergraduates and graduate social work students, first at Radford University and then ETSU. Dr. Duncan graduated from Carson-Newman College, earned the MSW from Florida International University, and the EdD from the University of Virginia. She has been licensed to practice clinical social work since 1986 and received training in Ericksonian hypnosis early in her career. Rana trained in the traditional practice of hypnosis through the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) and sought training in Past Life Regression Therapy with Dr. Brian Weiss.
Clinical hypnotherapy begins with an overall mental health assessment and bears little or no resemblance to stage hypnosis. Meditation and guided imagery are good ways to prepare for the experience. The counseling process focuses on what the individual intends to change and that becomes the focus of the hypnotherapy. Problems may happen when the conscious, logical mind is in one direction and the heart and body are in another. For example, someone might mentally accept that she needs to stop smoking but she keeps on smoking because other part of herself is not cooperating with the intent to stop. Hypnotherapy is a way of inviting the unconscious mind to bring its creative healing forces to bear so there is more overall internal congruence. Rana is also trained in Reiki and she is interested on facilitating individuals’ ability to better cooperate with healing, creative, loving energy. Clinical hypnotherapy is particularly effective with issues related to anxiety, phobia, sleep, smoking cessation, and pain management.