Clinical Hypnosis (Hypnotherapy)

Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a therapy that uses hypnosis to treat a variety of medical and psychological problems.  It may be useful where other more conventional methods of treatment have not produced the desired result. When carried out by a trained and qualified hypnotherapist, it is natural and safe, with no harmful side effects.

Hypnosis is simply a different state of consciousness that most people can enter into.  In fact, we often find ourselves in these states every day, such as when intensely watching a TV programme, reading a book or day dreaming. In hypnotherapy, problematic behavioural patterns and limiting beliefs can be corrected (or ‘re-programmed’) at the level of your subconscious mind.  It is a natural state of mind and is perhaps best defined as “guided meditation”. It is simply a slower brainwave state, characterized by intense physical and mental relaxation.

Through the process of hypnotherapy, you may also be taught the methods of self-hypnosis, and other related strategies, to support you between sessions. Hypnotherapy is often used in combination with other psychological techniques and strategies.

There are a number of common misconceptions about hypnotherapy.  You are fully in control at all times when under hypnosis.  If you want to, you can bring yourself out of the hypnotic state at any time.  Hypnosis only works on people that want to be hypnotized.

The British Psychological Society (BPS), in 2001, stated “Hypnosis is a valid subject for scientific study and research and a proven therapeutic medium”.

The report also concluded: “Enough studies have now accumulated to suggest that the inclusion of hypnotic procedures may be beneficial in the management and treatment of a wide range of conditions and problems encountered in the practice of medicine, psychiatry and psychotherapy.”  (BPS, 2001)

More recently, it has been recommended that hypnotherapy “should be adopted more widely” as a psychological treatment (Dr P. Naish, 2011).