Hypnotherapy is used on people who have some deep problems in the unconscious mind. It works by reprogramming the unconscious mind by using hypnosis. When a mind is under hypnosis, it enters a state of extremely focused attention with increased suggestibility. This makes the patient more susceptible to positive suggestions about self-improvement and behaviour modification. Hypnotherapy is done using positive suggestions and guided imagery. Hypnotherapy is a great way for people suffering from various issues, concerns, and phobias.
Hypnotherapy is not like those tricks you see on stages. According to the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, in hypnotherapy, the patient is always in control the whole time. The patient will hear the suggestions that his therapist suggested. Moreover, the patient will always remember what happened when they were under hypnosis, unlike stage or street hypnosis.
The history of Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy dates back to 5000 BC yet became more prevalent in the 18th century. Arguably the father of Hypnosis is Franz Anton Mesmer. Mesmer believed that every person had an invisible force field surrounding them, made of magnetic energy. He believed that this force can be harnessed by another person to influence that person to do certain things. According to the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis; Mesmer’s beliefs were wrong however, his techniques were right and effective. These techniques were harnessed and studied over the years and developed to the point where we are using them nowadays for therapeutic and medical purposes. Mesmer’s techniques were so effective that Sigmund Freud used them for some of his work.
The mid-1900s was the era where hypnosis evolved to what we know now.
When Hypnotherapy is used?
Hypnotherapy can be used along with other forms of medication. Hypnotherapy is used for various reasons, from weight loss, quitting smoke and drugs to treating phobias. Moreover, hypnotherapy is used to treat undesirable behaviours and modify bad habits.
It also can be used to treat anxiety, sleep disorders, various learning disorders, even deep relationship issues.
Hypnotherapy is a great for pain management. According to a study in 2017, patients that were treated via hypnotherapy for pain management have shown improved quality of life than those that are dependable on pain killers and other forms of medication. It also can be used to treat some digestive disorders and the gastrointestinal side effects of pregnancy and chemotherapy.
What is expected from Hypnotherapy?
When you go to a hypnotherapist, it is important that you remember that they are not a physician. Indeed hypnotherapy can help you overcome your phobias, and manage pain better. However, hypnotherapy does not provide you with a cure for diseases.
How does hypnotherapy work?
Hypnotherapy is usually performed in a controlled, calm place. As we previously mentioned, during the hypnotherapy session, the patient is in full control all the time. The hypnotherapist will just guide you into a relaxed and focused state. The therapist would then ask you to perform some mental tasks, like thinking about experiences in positive ways, or reliving a certain situation but from a positive point of view. That way the therapist can guide you to change the way you think and act. Once again, during the hypnotherapy session, the patient will not be unconscious, asleep, or under any form of trance, that renders them in an uncontrolled state. The patient will hear the suggestions of the therapist, however, it is totally up to them to do them or not.
Hypnotherapy is not considered a psychotherapeutic treatment. It is not even considered a form of psychotherapy. However, hypnotherapy is a procedure, which helps other forms of therapies and medical treatments to work properly. Hypnotherapists that are certified in clinical hypnosis, are the ones that can decide whether hypnotherapy would be beneficial to be used alongside the other medications or not. The patient has the final decision to accept hypnotherapy or refuse it.
What do I look for when I search for a hypnotherapist?
When searching for a Hypnotherapist it is recommended that that therapist check some of these things on the list:
- The hypnotherapists should be a member of the General Register of Hypnotherapists (GHR) which in the UK is a conduct body should you have a complaint.
- You must feel confident and comfortable when you are in the presence of the hypnotherapist.
- The hypnotherapist should have qualifications in Hypnotherapy.
- Look for testimonies from previous patients if available.
- Check with your regular physician and ask them about the hypnotherapist you are going to see.
Hypnotherapy is a great tool when used appropriable. It can help patients to get rid of certain bad behaviours, to lose weight, to overcome their phobias, or even regain control in areas of their lives. It is a great way to deal with pain management especially for people with chronic pain. Hypnotherapy has proven to be of great help easing the aftermath effect of chemotherapy for cancer patients.