When Will Clinical Hypnosis be Beneficial
This practice emphasizes that we are not “Hypnotists,” but highly trained therapists (health care professionals) who use clinical hypnosis along with other tools of our profession to help our client reach their full potential and overcome their difficulties. Thus, Clinical Hypnosis is used as an adjunct to therapy, rather than by itself. This practice operates under the belief that hypnosis is most effective when the hypnotherapist is trained in both Clinical Hypnosis and other psycho-therapeutic treatments and used only after a thorough assessment is completed. A complete assessment is important to identify what problems the client is experiencing, what may be contributing to the problem, and what the client needs to overcome these problems. From this assessment, a treatment plan is developed that will best meet the needs of the client and the problems that the client is having. This treatment plan may or may not include Clinical Hypnosis. Clinical Hypnosis will be used as part of therapy if it is deemed to be an effective therapy tool for that particular client’s problem at that time.
Many people are under the mistaken belief, that Clinical Hypnosis is a quick fix to whatever problem they are experiencing and that in one or two sessions, they are cured. There are no quick fixes to people’s problems, and therapy generally involved hard work and generally involves a number of sessions of a period of time.
Therapists generally use clinical hypnosis in three ways: mental imagery, presenting an idea or suggestion to the client and for exploration of how past events might be unconsciously contributing to a current problem. It is important to keep in mind that Clinical Hypnosis like any other therapy tool is of benefit to some clients with some problems, and not helpful or it can fail, just like any other clinical method.
Some Problems were Clinical Hypnosis May Used as a Therapy Tool
Trauma (Emotional, Sexual and Psychological)
Anxiety and Stress Management
Improving Performance (Work, School, Sports)
Test and Performance Anxiety
Phobias & Fears
Acute and Chronic Pain
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Myths about Hypnosis
Clients often express a number of fears about being hypnotized. They fear they will lose control, surrender their will, and result in being dominated. Many people base these assumptions about hypnosis on stage acts.
In hypnosis, the client is not under the control of the hypnotist. Hypnosis is not something that is imposed on people, but something clients do for themselves with the hypnotherapist serving as a facilitator to guide them. Under hypnosis, clients enter a deep state of relaxation or “trance state” in which their minds are much more receptive to learning and using the full potential of their minds. In fact, Self-hypnosis has been said to be the ultimate act of self-control.
Another myth that clients often have is that they live loss consciousness and have amnesia. The majority of people remember everything that occurs in hypnosis. This is beneficial because most of what we want to accomplish are done in a medium depth of trance, where people tend to remember everything.