What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?
Clinical hypnotherapy or hypnosis is a natural, altered state of consciousness in which a person is very relaxed and more responsive to suggestion.
In this state, you can learn more easily. Some people describe it as a form of ‘super learning’.
Hypnotherapy can assist you to think, feel or do things differently. It speeds up the learning process.
How Does a Psychologist Use Clinical Hypnotherapy?
A Psychologist may use hypnotherapy to help you deal more effectively with problems.
The hypnotic or trance state is very natural. We all go into a similar state on a daily basis when we become very absorbed in or focused on what we are doing. You do not lose control and you are aware of what is happening.
Through an induction process, you enter a deep state of relaxation and your unconscious mind becomes more accessible. The therapist makes use of this state of heightened suggestibility.
There is nothing frightening about it. You can bring yourself out of hypnosis at any time. You cannot be hypnotised against your will.
What Can Hypnotherapy Help to Treat?
Clinical hypnotherapy is used together with other therapies, mainly Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), in order to achieve the best treatment outcome.
Hypnotherapy may be used to help with:
- Stress and deep relaxation
- Anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, phobias, social and performance anxiety
- Pain control
- Smoking cessation
- Weight control
- Building self-confidence and self-esteem.
What Hypnotherapy is Not
Hypnosis is not a magic wand that will solve all your problems instantaneously.
However, it can be a powerful tool your Psychologist can use to improve treatment outcomes.
People respond to hypnosis in different ways. Many people improve more quickly and dramatically with hypnotherapy.
Regardless of the degree to which people respond, most describe the experience as very pleasant and relaxing. They usually remember what transpired during hypnosis.
How Many Sessions Does Hypnotherapy Take?
The number of sessions you need will depend on how mild or serious your problem is and how long you have had it.
Generally, the easier the problem and the shorter time you have been experiencing the challenge, the fewer the number of sessions that you will need.
Hypnotherapy is used together with psychotherapy to help you with your problem, so your therapy may be ongoing even after your hypnosis sessions conclude.
Clinical Hypnotherapy at The Bondi Psychologist
BA (Hons) Psych, Dip Clinical Hypnotherapy, Post Grad Cert Coaching (Psych), Post Grad Cert (Psych Practice), Adv Dip Bus, Assoc MAPs