Clinical Hypnosis

What is Clinical Hypnosis?

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Clinical hypnosis is an altered state of awareness or consciousness.. Clinical Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, therefore, is the use of an altered state of consciousness, or trance, for a therapeutic purpose. This means that people are not treated with hypnosis but are treated in hypnosis.

All hypnotic states are characterized by a pleasant state of relaxation, which individuals allow themselves to enter so that desired, beneficial suggestions may be given directly to the part of the mind known as the subconscious. Under hypnosis, the conscious, rational part of the brain is temporarily bypassed, making the subconscious part, which influences mental and physical functions, receptive to therapy. During the trance state there is heightened concentration for the specific purpose of maximizing potential, changing limiting beliefs and behaviors and gaining insight.

What happens in a hypnotherapy session?

The initial task of the therapist is to establish rapport with the client. This involves encouraging the client to talk about his or her concerns. The therapist would spend time with the client first to take a clinical history. As well as establishing a clinical record, the discussion contributes to building trust and confidence between the therapist and the client. Feeling safe, comfortable and secure with the therapist helps the induction of a hypnotic trance.  Goals for therapy are discussed and agreed and a full explanation of hypnosis is provided. Any questions or misconceptions about hypnosis are addressed at that time.

Here are just a few of the misconceptions sometimes associated with hypnosis (and believe me there are many more):

Hypnosis is being asleep or in an unconscious state.

Only weak minded people can be hypnotized.

You are under the control of the therapist in hypnosis.

You will not remember anything.

There are many different ways of achieving a trance state. Usually, you lie in a reclining chair or couch and the therapist talks to you in a slow and soothing voice. You may be asked to imagine or visualize walking down a country lane, or stare at a fixed point or listen to the sound of the therapist’s voice. Suggestions for relaxation may also be given. To deepen the trance, the therapist may count you down from 10 to 1 or ask you to imagine walking down a flight of stairs. You will feel very relaxed but still aware of your surroundings.  Though you are aware, there may be times when you float in and out of this awareness.

Length of treatment depends upon the problem or symptom(s) present.

See the many uses of Clinical Hypnosis.