Clinical hypnosis is the professional use of hypnosis for healing purposes.
There are many misconceptions about therapeutic hypnosis perpetuated by television and movies that discourage people from making use of this approach to therapy. Some of the myths include that hypnosis involves mind control, that it involves spiritual manipulation, that a person will not remember what happened in hypnosis or that they will lose control when in hypnosis. These are all untrue. The experience of hypnosis is much like daydreaming… it is a pleasant state of relaxation and creativity. Click here for more information about the myths of hypnosis. When in hypnosis, the client always has full control and can stop whenever they like. The purpose of clinical hypnosis is to give the client more control – not take it away.
While this is an often misunderstood intervention, clinical hypnosis and hypnotherapy is widely accepted by the medical community as a valid and effective method for addressing a wide range of emotional and physical conditions. Some of the common areas where clinical hypnosis is known to be used effectively include:
- Pain management
- Self-esteem, self-efficacy and confidence
- Anxiety and phobias
- Medical disorders, such as dermatologic disorders, burns and emergencies, psychosomatic conditions, sleep disorders
- Childbirth training, labour, miscarriage, fertility and other pregnancy-related problems
- Emotional disorders
- Eating disorders
- Additions, including smoking cessation
- Concentration and academic performance
- Enuresis in children
- Examination stress and anxiety
Since clinical hypnosis is essential the use of focused attention for a specific outcome, anyone can benefit from hypnosis. If you can daydream – and you can – then you can make use of hypnosis. Children are especially good candidates for hypnosis because of their active imagination.
It is always important to ensure that a practitioner is professionally trained and certified to ensure that you receive the best possible service.