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What is Clinical Hypnotherapy ?


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

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 maximising potential, changing limiting beliefs and behaviours and gaining insight and wisdom.

The subconscious mind is the source of many of our problems and self images. Our beliefs, habits and behaviours are stored as information. The subconscious is a tremendous reservoir of our unrecognised strengths and knowledge.

With the use of Traditional, Ericksonian, and Curative Hypnotherapy we look to delve into the subconscious mind and ease the life circumstance present, achieve the goal of freedom from pain and gain a positive outlook.

Modern hypnotherapy is widely accepted for the treatment of anxiety disorder, subclinical depression, certain habit disorders, to control irrational fears, as well as in the treatment of conditions such as insomnia and addiction. Hypnosis has also been used to enhance recovery from non-psychological conditions such as after surgical procedures.

In 2001, the Professional Affairs Board of the British Psychological Society (BPS) commissioned a working party of expert psychologists to publish a report entitled The Nature of Hypnosis. Its remit was 'to provide a considered statement about hypnosis and important issues concerning its application and practice in a range of contexts, notably for clinical purposes, forensic investigation, academic research, entertainment and training.' The report provides a concise summary of the current scientific research on hypnosis.

It opens:

"Hypnosis is a valid subject for scientific study and research and a proven therapeutic medium."

With regard to the therapeutic uses:

"Enough studies have now accumulated to suggest that the inclusion of hypnotic procedures may be beneficial in the management and treatment of a wide range of conditions and problems encountered in the practice of medicine, psychiatry and psychotherapy."

  • "There is convincing evidence that hypnotic procedures are effective in the management and relief of both acute and chronic pain."

  • "And in assisting in the alleviation of pain, discomfort and distress due to medical and dental procedures and childbirth."

  • "Hypnosis and the practice of self-hypnosis may significantly reduce general anxiety, tension and stress."

  • "Likewise, hypnotic treatment may assist in insomnia."

  • "There is encouraging evidence demonstrating the beneficial effects of hypnotherapeutic procedures in alleviating the symptoms of a range of complaints that fall under the heading 'psychosomatic illness." These include tension headaches and migraine; asthma; gastro-intestinal complaints such as irritable bowel syndrome; warts; and possibly other skin complaints such as eczema, psoriasis and urticaria [hives].

  • "There is evidence from several studies that its inclusion in a weight reduction program may significantly enhance outcome."

Utilising the power of the deeper mind

Ideo-Motor Responses to gain direct communication with the sub-conscious

Effective for a variety of conditions

Breaking old habits. Be free of the old self

GHR reg. 5452.  CNHC reg. 121-H12.

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