What Is Hypnosis?

hypnosisMost people’s only exposure to hypnosis takes place in ways that typically both intrigue and frighten them. They often see hypnosis in films and television shows where it is portrayed as a frightening instrument of mind control. They see it as a tool used by unscrupulous villains to enslave the will of helpless victims, or they see stage show artistes who use hypnosis to make people do and say things that seem well outside of the realm of what that person would likely ever do or say under normal conditions.


So for many people hypnosis is a curiosity, one of those things not unlike other seeming mystical and unexplainable phenomena. This is unfortunate because there is a large amount of evidence that demonstrates the effectiveness of hypnosis in treating psychological, emotional and some physical conditions. There have been several thousand individual studies, many of very high standard as well as formal, systematic studies of hypnosis by leading medical bodies including -The British Medical Association, American Medical Association, and The National Institute of Medicine.

When In Hypnosis A Person Is:

  • Aware
  • In control
  • In a natural and harmless state
  • Able to come out of hypnosis when they wish to

The state of hypnosis can best be described as a state of highly focused attention with heightened suggestibility. Hypnosis is sometimes but not always accompanied by relaxation. When a person such as a therapist induces hypnosis in another it is called hetero hypnosis, often referred to as hypnotherapy. When hypnosis is self-induced it is called autohypnosis and is often referred to as self-hypnosis. Hypnotherapists use hypnosis to treat many problems, habits and ailments. Hypnotherapy is a very effective therapy and can be applied using positive suggestion and visualisation. Modern hypnotherapists combine hypnosis with Cognitive-Behavioural techniques.Research studies have shown that when applied together  they are strongly complementary and their effectiveness is raised many times This makes for an even more effective form of therapy.

What Type Of Problems Can Hypnotherapy Help?

Hypnotherapy is recognized by the British Medical Association, the American Medical Association and the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE). Hypnotherapy is a safe and effective therapy that can alleviate many problems including:

1. Stress & Anxiety – For example, panic attacks, social anxiety, phobias, sexual anxiety, work-related stress, low confidence, etc.

2. Habits – Including addictions and bad habits, e.g., smoking, nail-biting, over-eating,

3. Low mood States * – Hypnotherapy is often combined with cognitive behavioural therapy to help you change they way you feel about yourself, others and your circumstances.

4. Personal Development – For example, public speaking, study skills, sports performance, etc.

5. Psycho-somatic Conditions * – Conditions caused or exacerbated by  stress-related conditions.  For example, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), various skin conditions, warts.

6. Pain Management * – For example, chronic pain, pain in dentistry, pain in surgery, tension headaches, back pain, etc.

7. Inter-personal Problems – For example, relationship problems, familial problems, or conflict at work.

*These conditions may require a medical diagnosis to determine the suitability of the client for hypnotherapy.

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