I have many friends and clients who have all sorts of misconceptions about Hypnotherapy, until I either explain it to them, or better still, have them experience it for themselves. It’s not about walking on a stage clucking like a chicken, nor is it a “quick fix” nor “miracle cure”. I wrote this article to both clarify and inform you – enjoy!
What is Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is a type of “complementary and alternative medicine” treatment that uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance. The person’s attention is so focused while in this state that anything going on around the person is temporarily blocked out or ignored. In this naturally occurring state, a person may focus his or her attention — with the guidance of a trained therapist — on specific thoughts or tasks.
How Does Hypnotherapy Work?
Hypnotherapy consists of the use of Hypnosis in a clinical setting, because of this hypnosis is usually considered an aid to certain forms of psychotherapy (counselling), rather than a treatment in itself. Having said this, using hypnosis in therapy leads to profound change because when working at the subconscious level, the hypnotic state allows people to explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories they might have hidden from their conscious minds. In addition, hypnosis enables people to perceive some things differently, such as blocking an awareness of pain.
You will find that a suitably qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist will use hypnosis in two ways; as suggestion therapy or for patient psychoanalysis.
- Suggestion therapy:During a hypnotherapy session, you will be relaxed into a calm, hypnotic state. You will remain in control and fully aware of everything. During this deeply relaxed state, you will be given suggestions which will continue to affect your thoughts, feelings and behaviour once you are out of the hypnotic state, hence the term ‘post-hypnotic suggestion’. The type of suggestion given will depend on the symptom you want help with.
- Analysis: This approach uses the relaxed state to explore possible unconscious factors that may be related to a psychological conflict such as a traumatic past event that a person has hidden in his or her unconscious memory. Once the trauma is revealed, it can be addressed in psychotherapy.
What Are the Benefits of Hypnotherapy?
The hypnotic state allows a person to be more open to discussion and suggestion. It can improve the success of other treatments for many conditions, including:
- Phobias, fears, and anxiety
- Some sleep disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Grief and loss
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Fertility and Conception
- Relationship issue
- Weight Loss … just to name a few!
It also might be helpful for people whose symptoms are severe or who need crisis management.
What Are the Drawbacks of Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy would not be appropriate for a person who has psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations and delusions, or for someone who is using drugs or alcohol. It should be used for controlling some forms of pain only after a doctor has evaluated the person for any physical disorder that might require medical or surgical treatment.
Hypnosis is also not considered a standard or mainstream treatment for major psychiatric disorders like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or serious personality disorders. It is not a substitute for more established forms of psychotherapy or medication treatment used for these types of conditions.
Is Hypnotherapy Dangerous?
Hypnotherapy is not a dangerous procedure. It is not mind control or brainwashing. A therapist cannot make a person do something embarrassing or that the person doesn’t want to do. I get asked this question often, and in all the years I’ve been practicing hypnotherapy, the worst thing that can happen is that a client may fall asleep and we had to wake them up. Having said that, it is a common belief in the industry, that the subconscious mind is always listening, so the benefits of the session are not lost if in fact someone does fall asleep, although a well-trained Clinical Hypnotherapist will not allow you to fall asleep.
Who Performs Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is performed by a licensed or certified mental health professional who is specially trained in this technique. Be careful of many short 3 day trained hypnotists, they are very different from Clinical Hypnotherapists, and are the ones who give the industry a bad name. Make sure your therapist belongs to an association, and enquire if you can receive a rebate from some private health insurance companies, this will help you when finding a suitable therapist for you.
Where to from here?
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- Book online: https://all-degrees-of-health.cliniko.com/bookings#practitioner
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- Call Reception on 93310951 to discuss how we can help YOU!
Angela Molluso is a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Medical Scientist with lots of experience helping people get on track with their health goals, habits and life.
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