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What exactly is Clinical Hypnosis?

What exactly is Clinical Hypnosis

Clinical hypnotherapy is a term that describes advanced methods of hypnosis. It is used to treat a range of physical, emotional or mental problems, such as pain (any pain should be checked by your GP in the first instance), stress, panic and anxiety, phobias or even problem behaviours like smoking and weight loss.

By using hypnotherapy, together with therapeutic tools, a good hypnotherapist can treat numerous problems effectively. Clinical hypnosis only works if the client turns their focus inward so they become more self-aware. The therapist achieves this by relaxing the customer as much as possible. The subconscious controls our beliefs and resources and by making use of the tool of hypnosis, the hypnotherapist can quite often alter, adjust or re-educate those beliefs and resources.

How does hypnotherapy work

A hypnotherapist uses the potency of hypnosis to assist clients to make long lasting adjustments in their lives and by doing this help them to change their behaviours.   Hypnosis contrary to popular belief is not sleep. Griffin and Tyrrell define hypnosis as “any artificial way of accessing the REM (rapid eye movement) state, the same brain state in which dreaming occurs”.

Clinical hypnotherapy can be used alone and as a compliment to conventional medical treatment for successful solutions to many conditions.

A hypnotherapist has access to a range of techniques and tools to help people make changes. This means tailoring the type of treatment on offer to the particular person. For instance, to gain an insight into a problem that has stemmed from past events analytical methods are sometimes used, however suggestion therapy maybe more appropriate in other situations. In some cases sessions can also be context free – meaning there is no discussion of the history of the situation. This is not a problem for a properly trained Clinical Hypnotherapist.

The idea that the individual loses control during the hypnotherapy session is a myth. The client’s subconscious will simply reject any unsuitable suggestions that go against the client’s morals. Clients remain safe, under control and aware at all times. To encourage successful treatment, a qualified hypnotherapist will always provide a comfortable environment for the individual.

What can clinical hypnosis help with

There are several advantages of having clinical hypnosis and many conditions can be proficiently managed. Clinical hypnosis can help with smoking, drinking, grief, self-worth, phobias, relationship problems, anxious feelings, sleep problems and many other negative behaviours and problems. It has been successful in treating a high percentage of people with the issues specified above.

Hypnotherapy is not like the American idea of therapy where people see a therapist for years. The idea is that the therapist helps you to resolve your issues and gives you tools to take away and use at home.

Clinical hypnotherapeutic techniques bring together the very best elements of many therapies to produce advanced techniques. These can positively change the mind-set of people with different problems to lead a natural happy life.

Samantha Culshaw-Robinson is a clinical hypnotherapist. She has helped patients overcome a wide range of issues since 2010. To get in touch for your complimentary consultation, please phone 075 222 777 22 or email sam@livewellpractice.co.uk

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