Hypnotherapy is a therapy that is undertaken with a subject in a hypnotic state.
It is a therapeutic modality that is based on the premise that the mind and body do not work in isolation.
In a hypnotic state, a client is hyper-suggestible. The hypnotherapist is able to suggest ideas, concepts and lifestyle adaptations, the seeds of which become firmly planted in the subconscious mind of the client.
Hypnosis is all about helping a person’s mind become more receptive to suggestions and Therapy is all about helping people create a change in their thoughts, emotions, behaviours, beliefs and perceptions.
Hypnotherapy is a kind of psychotherapy. Hypnotherapy aims to re-program patterns of behaviour within the mind, enabling, irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions to be overcome.
While hypnotherapy as a field has its own set of techniques and processes, it can also be used in conjunction with any other field of psychotherapy.
The subconscious mind controls all automatic processes of the mind: be it thoughts, emotions or behaviours and it is also the storehouse of all our past experiences, suppressed emotions and beliefs. Any process that can help the psychotherapist access and influence these thoughts, emotions, behaviours, beliefs and past experiences is priceless from the point of view of therapy or counselling.
Since Hypnosis is a state where the subconscious is very receptive to suggestions, it becomes the most natural state to create therapeutic change.
Most psychologists begin their practice by following theories and techniques from one school of psychotherapy. Some therapists only practice Psychoanalysis while others practice cognitive therapy and some others may practice behavioural therapy to name a few.
Each school of psychotherapy has its own advantages and its own limitations. Over a period of time the psychotherapist starts understanding these limitations and hence starts looking at ways to incorporate theories and techniques from other schools of psychotherapy into their current practice.
The biggest challenge that most psychologists and counsellors face when trying to integrate the different schools of psychotherapy is that at times the theories and presuppositions of each school may come across as very different from other schools. In the absence of a model that can act as a thread between these apparently different theories, most of the so-called eclectic psychotherapists are only able to combines parts of these different schools of psychotherapies.
When it comes to techniques, the counsellors or psychotherapists are not really integrating the techniques but choosing technique from one school of thought or the other depending upon what they perceive as the need of the case. In its true sense this is not really what integration means.
This is where hypnosis can play an extremely important role. Once you start understanding what hypnosis really is, it can literally act as a thread that can help integrate these different schools of psychotherapies into a comprehensive eclectic approach.
Our Cognitive Hypnotic Psychotherapy™ course is an extremely good example of how all the major approaches to psychotherapies can be integrated into a comprehensive approach to psychotherapy.
Science Says Hypnotherapy is Real…
Hypnosis has been successfully utilized in a wide range of applications across a number of fields. Unfortunately, the term ‘Hypnosis’ still evokes mixed emotions and many people wonder whether hypnosis is real or just some abracadabra stuff!
However, medical research continues to show how and when hypnosis can be used as a therapy tool.
Hypnotherapy is a highly effective change tool that is also used to treat various conditions. To do this, a certified hypnotist or hypnotherapist guides you into a deep state of relaxation. While you’re in this state, they can make suggestions to help you become more open to change or therapeutic improvement.
Research shows that “(Hypnosis) is a very powerful means of changing the way we use our minds to control perception and our bodies,” says the study’s senior author, David Spiegel, MD, professor and associate chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.
Hypnotherapy sessions have been shown to be effective in –
A comprehensive review of studies of the effectiveness of hypnosis for reducing procedure-related pain in children and adolescents shows that hypnosis was consistently found to be more effective than control conditions in alleviating discomfort associated with bone marrow aspirations, lumbar punctures, voiding cystourethograms, the Nuss procedure, and post-surgical pain.
A randomized trial on the use of hypnotic analgesia for invasive medical procedures showed hypnosis to have pronounced effects on pain and anxiety reduction, and in improving hemodynamic stability.
Hypnosis is regarded as an effective treatment for psychological and physical ailments. A study to conduct a meta-analysis to assess the efficacy of hypnosis for managing chronic pain suggests that hypnosis is efficacious for managing chronic pain.
The reviews of controlled prospective trials of hypnosis for the treatment of chronic pain indicate that hypnosis consistently and significantly lessened pain in a variety of chronic-pain problems. It is important to note that hypnosis was generally found to be more effective than non-hypnotic interventions such as attention, physical therapy, and education!
In a review of the literature on the use of self-hypnosis in the treatment of anxiety and stress-related disorders, self-hypnosis was shown to be a rapid, cost-effective, non-addictive, safe alternative to medication for the treatment of anxiety-related conditions, such as:
A review of the impact of hypnosis on immune and mood showed that hypnosis shielded immune functions from the effects of stress, reduced recurrence of winter viral infections, improved mood and reduced levels of clinical depression and anxiety. Immune functions were up-regulated, notably functional natural killer cell activity to HSV-1.
Another study on the effects of guided imagery with relaxation training (which creates a hypnotic state) on anxiety and quality of life among patients with inflammatory bowel disease showed significant improvement in anxiety levels, mood and levels of pain and stress.
A study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology showed that the addition of hypnosis to cognitive–behavioral therapy substantially enhanced outcomes in treatment of obesity, especially at long-term follow-up. Clients, to whom hypnotic inductions had been administered, continued to lose weight even after treatment ended!
A randomized trial showed that not only did hypnosis help people quit smoking but the participants also remained abstinent in the long-term follow-up.
While more evidence continues to accumulate about the benefits and positive effects of hypnotherapy in ever-increasing areas of its application, there can be no doubt to the fact that HYPNOTHERAPY IS NOT JUST REAL BUT ALSO VERY EFFECTIVE!
Hypnotherapy is safe, natural & universal human trait. 100% of the population experience it in some form or another on a daily basis. It may even be that we live most, if not all, of our lives in various trance states, an idea suggested by the psychotherapist Stephen Wolinsky in his book Trances People Live.
Wolinsky observed that the so-called Deep Trance Phenomena (DTP), generally believed to be exclusively part of formal hypnotherapy sessions, are actually present throughout much of our daily lives. “Normal” consciousness, he argued, is made up of these phenomena, which we switch into and out of all day long.
Wolinsky became fascinated by the role these phenomena play in keeping problems in place. In a typical case of anxiety, for instance, we might see age progression and positive hallucination, as the sufferer conjures up a terrible future and sees signs of imminent catastrophe. We might also see sensory distortion, as anxiety sufferers are often acutely aware of unpleasant sensations in their body, such as heart palpitations, which further fuel the anxiety.
Identifying the deep trance phenomena behind a problem points the way to a solution, as that trance state can be changed or broken. This raises the interesting possibility that hypnosis works by bringing people out of unhelpful trance states – unhypnotizing them, in effect!
Some schools of hypnotherapy have distinguished their approach to applying hypnotherapy in a particular way with a specific label. For example, a hypnotherapist may state that they are a regression hypnotherapist. This simply refers to the guidance of a client back into their personal history with the intention of addressing past possibly disturbing experience. All hypnotherapy, possibly with the exception of Suggestion Hypnotherapy, may include regression and it would often be part of an Analytical Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Hypnotherapy series of sessions.
Hypnotherapy is a very effective tool for resolving almost all kinds of issues/problems. Unlike many other psychological therapies, Clinical Hypnotherapy is generally considered to be a fairly short-term approach in which beneficial change, if it is to occur, should become apparent within a relatively few sessions.
The National Institute of Health and the American Medical Association have endorsed Clinical hypnotherapy as an effective alternative therapy. Medical uses include addressing problems associated with illnesses, pain management and developing the relaxation response among other things.
Areas that Clinical Hypnotherapy might help you with (but not limited to):
|1. Abandonment||2. Abuse||3. Addictions||4. Aggression|
|5. Age Regression||6. Agoraphobia||7. Amnesia||8. Anesthesia|
|9. Anger||10. Anorexia||11. Anxiety||12. Assertiveness|
|13. Assist Healing||14. Attitude Adjustment||15. Asthama||16. Back Pain|
|17. Bed Wetting||18. Behavior||19. Being Late||20. Biofeedback|
|21. Breathing||22. Bulimia||23. Burns||24. Career Success|
|25. Change Habits||26. Child Birth||27. Chronic Pain||28. Communication|
|29. Concentration||30. Controlling||31. Cramps||32. Cravings|
|33. Creativity||34. Death or Loss||35. Depression||36. Discouraged|
|37. Divorce||38. Double Standard||39. Dreams||40. Dyslexia|
|41. Exam Anxiety||42. Exercise||43. Fear of Animals||44. Fear of Death|
|45. Fear of Dentist||46. Fear of Doctor||47. Fear of Failure||48. Fear of Flying|
|49. Fear of Heights||50. Fear of Loss of Control||51. Fear of School||52. Fear of Success|
|53. Fear of Surgery||54. Fear of Water||55. Fears||56. Forgiveness|
|57. Frustration||58. Gagging||59. Gambling||60. Guilt|
|61. Hair Twisting||62. Headaches||63. Helplessness||64. Hiccups|
|65. Hopelessness||66. Hostility||67. Hot Flashes||68. Hypertension|
|69. Hypochondria||70. Immune System||71. Impotency||72. Improve Health|
|73. Improve Sales||74. Indecision||75. Inferiority||76. Inhibition|
|77. Insecurity||78. Insomnia||79. Irrational||80. Irrational Thoughts|
|81. Irritability||82. Jealously||83. Lack of ambition||84. Lack of Direction|
|85. Lack of Enthusiasm||86. Lack of Initiative||87. Lower Blood Pressure||88. Medication Side Effects|
|89. Memory||90. Mistrust||91. Moodiness||92. Motivation|
|93. Nail Biting||94. Nausea||95. Negativism||96. Nightmares|
|97. Obsessions||98. Obsessive-Compulsive||99. Overeating||100. Overly Critical|
|101. Pain||102. Panic Attacks||103. Passive-Aggressive||104. Past Life Regression|
|105. Perfectionism||106. Performance Anxiety||107. Pessimism||108. Phobias|
|109. Postsurgical||110. Premature Ejaculation||111. Presurgical||112. Problem Solving|
|113. Procrastination||114. Public Speaking||115. Reach Goals||116. Rejection|
|117. Relationships||118. Relaxation||119. Repressions||120. Resistance|
|121. Resistance to Change||122. Responsibility||123. Restlessness||124. Revenge|
|125. Sadness||126. Self-Awareness||127. Self-Blame||128. Self-Concept|
|129. Self-Confidence||130. Self-Control||131. Self-Criticism||132. Self-Defeating Attitudes|
|133. Self-Defeating Behaviors||134. Self-Esteem||135. Self-Expression||136. Self-Forgiveness|
|137. Self-Hypnosis||138. Self-Image||139. Self-Mastery||140. Sexual Problems|
|141. Shame||142. Skin Disorders||143. Sleep Disorders||144. Smoking|
|145. Snoring Phobia||146. Social Phobia||147. Sports||148. Stage Fright|
|149. Stress||150. Stubborn||151. Study Habits||152. Stuttering|
|153. Substance Abuse||154. Superiority||155. Surgical Recovery||156. Swallowing|
|157. Sweating||158. Temptation||159. Thumb Sucking||160. Tics|
|161. Trauma||162. Ulcers||163. Victimization||164. Warts|
|165. Weight Loss||166. Withdrawal||167. Worry||168. Writers Block|
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