What is Clinical Hypnotherapy and how can it help me?
What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?
In basic terms, Clinical Hypnotherapy is a psychological treatment which puts you in a relaxed, trance like state, for the purpose of treating certain health issues. The aim of Clinical Hypnotherapy, is to put you into a state where you can access emotions and memories, in order to improve certain aspects of your current health and well being. These aspects can be physical and/or mental, depending on your current circumstances and lifestyle goals.
How does Clinical Hypnotherapy work?
Clinical Hypnotherapy works by the Hypnotherapist putting you into a trance like state, in order to alter your perception through hypnotic suggestions. The aim is to alter the way in which the brain processes certain information, enabling you to overcome difficult memories or thoughts, for the purpose of improving aspects which are affecting your day to day life. During hypnosis, you will find it easier to think about issues in your subconscious mind, in order to overcome these issues and live a healthier life.
What are Hypnotic Suggestions?
Hypnotic suggestions are used by the hypnotherapist to guide you into a state where you will find it easier to access memories and thoughts. These suggestions come verbally from the Hypnotherapist and usually in the form of light instructions. These hypnotic suggestions can be anything from words which guide you into a deep, trance like state, to words which guide you into picturing certain memories or thoughts. These instructions are important in hypnotherapy, as they will direct you and make it easier for you to think about the issues which are affecting you, whilst in a state of hypnosis
What qualifications should a Hypnotherapist have?
There are currently no laws within the UK which state the level of qualifications which a Hypnotherapist must have. It is therefore advisable that you check with an appropriate regulatory body, as they will have members who meet expected standards and professional requirements. The NCH, which stands for the National Council of Hypnotherapy, is the UK's main regulatory body for all practising Hypnotherapists within the country. All practitioners who have membership must hold experience and qualifications which meet the standard of the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD). When consulting with a Hypnotherapist, it is advisable that you check that they are a registered member of the council, so that you can be sure you are receiving the best possible treatment.
Are there any common myths and misconceptions?
Yes! Many people worry that Hypnotherapy will have strange side effects. For example, you may have heard about ‘the person who turned into a chicken,’ or ‘the person who revealed all their deepest, darkest secrets!’ These are myths, and bear no accurate reflection on real Hypnotherapy. The fact is, during hypnosis, you will remain completely in control and are only open to hypnotic suggestion. Another common misconception is that Hypnotherapy puts you to sleep. The reality is quite different; although hypnotherapy puts you in a relaxed, trance like state, you are fully conscious and aware of what is going on.
What are the benefits of hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is used to treat a variety of health conditions, some of which are related to physical health and others which are related to mental health.
The following conditions can be treated with Hypnotherapy:
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Are there any negative side effects?
Hypnosis is not considered to involve any specific risks. However, if the procedure is not carried out correctly, then you may not get the full benefits which the treatment can give. As such, there are no actual dangers, physical or psychological, which means that hypnosis is a good option, in terms of safety.
How effective is Hypnotherapy?
Studies suggest that Hypnotherapy is one of the most effective treatments which can be used to alleviate a variety of different health problems. Of course, different people respond in different ways and it will depend entirely on how you respond to the treatment as an individual. Many people report seeing positive changes, such a quitting smoking or getting over a fear of flying, as a result of Hypnotherapy sessions.