Clinical Hypnosis is very different to stage hypnosis, which has distorted considerably people’s ideas about this approach for clinical purposes.
During Hypnosis we attempt to reach a normal state of the mind called “trance” characterised by focused attention and absorption in some activity, image, thought or feeling. People can and do enter this state spontaneously everyday.
During this state, the clinician attempts to influence the patient’s perceptions, feelings, thinking and behaviour by asking them to concentrate on ideas and images that may evoke the intended effects. The verbal communications that the hypnotist (clinician) uses to achieve these effects are termed “suggestions”.
Patients may learn to go through the hypnotic procedures on their own, and this is termed “self hypnosis”.
It is important to remember that the hypnosis does not constitute a form of treatment or therapy in its own right. Hypnosis is an adjunct, providing a context for the delivery of the treatment or therapy. Therapy incorporating hypnosis can only be as effective as the underlying therapeutic approach permits.
During the first consultation, some common anxieties, concerns and misconceptions about hypnosis are addressed.
Clinical Hypnosis has been successfully used to alleviate problems such as Migraine, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Pain, Anxiety, Stress, Insomnia, Phobias, Dental Problems, Smoking Cessation, Weight problems and many more.
BSMDH – Scotland (British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis – Scotland)
ESH (European Society of Hypnosis)