When considering a therapy it is not surprising that many people are confused by how hypnosis may be a useful strategy as a means to finding a resolution to their problem. This is not surprising when the only exposure to hypnosis many people have is through watching it as a dubious type of entertainment. Stage hypnosis should not be confused with clinical hypnosis. In hypnotherapy the therapist will only be using hypnosis as a means to resolve the presenting issue. You will always be treated with respect and dignity.
Clinical Hypnosis is used for the treatment and relief of a variety of psychological symptoms. The reason why hypnosis has proved clinically successful is that people in hypnosis process information differently, allowing them to access abilities they otherwise don’t know how to elicit.
What is hypnosis?
The actual experience of being hypnotised is very difficult to describe, neither asleep nor awake. All hypnotic states are characterised by a tremendously pleasant state of relaxation, an altered state of consciousness into which individuals allow themselves to enter so that desired, beneficial suggestions may be given directly to the unconscious mind. Thus, hypnosis is a natural, effective way of making contact with the inner (unconscious) self a source of many of our problems as well as a tremendous reservoir of unrecognised potential strength and knowledge, ie the forgotten assets.
Is there empirical support for Hypnosis?
Yes there is substantial empirical support for the use of hypnosis. In 2007 the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis published two back to back special issues summarising much of the current literature on the merits of using hypnosis in treating pain, depression, anxiety, Asthma, IBS, headaches, PTSD and more.
Albert Ellis, the founder of Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) stated that the effects of CBT are greatly enhanced if combined with hypnosis.