For some, hypnosis may be a key to wellness

Dr. Ron Mottern has opened a practice in Liberty Hill that specializes in hypnosis. (Photo by Dana Delgado)

Dr. Ron Mottern has opened a practice in Liberty Hill that specializes in hypnosis. (Photo by Dana Delgado)

By Dana Delgado

 At the beginning, Ron Mottern was pretty skeptical. So was his wife.  

Once more informed, research-rich and formally-educated Mottern knew that this less-traveled, alternative path to wellness — hypnosis — produced impressive results. His wife only needed one session from her husband to realize the benefits.  It took him three sessions.

Since 1993, Mottern had been utilizing Choice Theory, a cognitive behavioral-based theory developed by much-acclaimed Dr. William Glasser in 1999, as his fundamental philosophy in his helping profession. Through research, he came to realize that clinical hypnosis was a viable, primary tool to address many concerns and coupled with Choice Theory could be a dynamic wellness tandem.

“People always ask me, ‘Why hypnosis?’” said Mottern. “The answer is simple, hypnosis works! A workshop in San Antonio and a robust body of research convinced me about the effectiveness of hypnosis to help just about anyone with just about anything.”

However, Dr. Mottern is quick to dispel a common myth about hypnosis by pointing out, “the client is always in control.”

“Hypnosis is a focused state of concentration where individuals may access their innate motivation to make changes in their thinking and behavior and indirectly make changes to their emotions and physiology,” he said.

Hypnosis is recognized and endorsed as a “therapeutic adjunct within the specific field of professional competence” by the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) and the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH) among other professional organizations. Their endorsements, according to their websites, are based on an extensive body of evidenced based research.

The American Medical Association (AMA), however, has no official position on the use of hypnosis. In a 1987 review, the AMA rescinded almost all the policies related to the technique it had endorsed from 1891 to 1958.

So impressed by his experience with hypnosis, Dr. Mottern, who holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and a Master’s Degree in Human Services from St. Edwards University in Austin, opened the Mottern Institute for Mind-Body Wellness in 2009 to provide services in clinical hypnosis, stress management, pain management and life coaching in Tennessee.

Some of his clients in Tennessee included the Anderson County Jail, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office-Community Alternatives to Prison Program and the State of Tennessee Department of Probation and Parole.

In August, Dr. Mottern moved his practice to Liberty Hill where his wife has family. Although, he previously worked in the region. His previous experiences in Central Texas include work with the Central Texas Treatment Center in Granger as well as the Literacy Council of Williamson County. Dr. Mottern also worked with the Williamson County Probation Office and the TDCJ-CJAD Residential Facility Director’s Council.

Currently, he is seeing clients of all ages and for a variety of conditions including chronic pain, anger, phobias, addiction and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  He is also doing life and relationship coaching.

The Mind-Body Wellness Coach holds various national certifications.  He is certified in Reality Therapy through the William Glasser Institute, is a Certified Hypnotist by the National Guild of Hypnotist and is certified in Clinical Hypnosis from the American Institute of Clinical Hypnosis. In addition, he is certified in Hypnosis for Pain Management by the Healthy Visions Wellness Center.

One of Dr. Mottern’s major areas of focus has been on stress management.

“Stress is a major contributor to many of the psychological and physiological problems in our society,” he said. “Stress contributes to anxiety and depression, heart disease, hypertension, weight gain, cancer, slower rates of healing, increased susceptibility to illness and disease, and a myriad of other problems and the consequences associated with those problems. By helping to reduce stress, hypnosis works wonders in many other areas of our lives.”

His office is located at the Liberty Hill Wellness Center at 1353 Loop 332. Additional information is available on his website

This Saturday, Nov. 16, workshops on smoking cessation and weight management are being offered at the Institute. Reservations are encouraged by calling (512) 913-0168.