Let’s be honest, most of us heard about hypnosis for the first time in a movie or a TV show. And the process seems kind of similar every time it’s done, doesn’t it? 

There’s either a doctor that practices hypnosis on a skeptical patient by counting from 5 down to 1 and it works excellently, or a magician asks for a volunteer from the crowd, says look into my eyes, clicks their fingers and makes them perform silly actions. I watched my best friend turn into a chicken on stage once. We’ve all seen it done countless times.

But that’s not a true representation of hypnosis, and clinical hypnotherapy definitely doesn’t work like that. And yet, because of these representations, people either come into hypnotherapy with unrealistic expectations, or they are so skeptical that they write it off completely.

This is why I think it’s important to become more informed on the topic of clinical hypnotherapy before trying it. So first off, let’s see what clinical hypnotherapy is:

What Is Clinical Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a Complementary & Alternative Medical approach that uses hypnosis in order to reach the aforementioned state of focused attention. Clinical hypnotherapy is basically a talking therapy and its main purpose is to treat certain medical and psychological conditions.

The main purpose of hypnosis is to increase a person’s perception and acceptance of suggestions. It is also used to deepen the state of trance so that NLP techniques can become much more effective by allowing the clinical hypnotherapist to work more directly with the subconscious.

Since its early days, hypnotherapy has developed in the following ways:

  • Traditional hypnotherapy — is the kind of hypnotherapy used by the Victorians to remove certain symptoms, this was a very direct suggestive method
  • Ericksonian hypnotherapy Milton Ericson was one of the key figures in the development of hypnotherapy as a talking therapy in the 1950’s
  • Solution-focused hypnotherapy — helps people focus on their goals better, this tends to be combined with NLP techniques at the subconscious level to help the client achieve their desired outcomes
  • Cognitive/behavioral hypnotherapy — uses clinical hypnosis and cognitive behavioural therapy within the framework of psychotherapy to deliver up a 70% improvement in the effectiveness of CBT
  • Curative hypnotherapy — is used to find what causes certain symptoms or behavioral patterns in people: it uses hypnosis, IMR, and a list of specific questions to help heal trauma or to cut ties with past events
  • Mindful hypnotherapy — combines mindfulness with hypnotherapy and is a valuable option for treating anxiety, the reduction of stress and for helping people with insomnia to fall asleep or to stay asleep at night

 

How Does Clinical Hypnotherapy Work?

In a session of hypnotherapy, the practitioner will first determine the goals of the patient. The patient will then be guided by the practitioner to enable them to relax their body and mind — this can be achieved by deep breathing, guided imagery and self-awareness techniques. 

After the state of relaxation is achieved, the hypnotherapist will proceed to create a link between the conscious mind and the subconscious. Because the brain is in this state of relaxed hyper-focusness, it’s more receptive to learning new behaviors and dropping bad habits. 

There are two important things to note here; the first is that each practitioner has developed their own techniques of hypnotherapy, so the practices and branch of hypnotherapy used might differ from one hypnotherapist to the other. 

Secondly, only trained mental health professionals should perform hypnotherapy, and if one wants to try hypnotherapy, it should only be done under the supervision of experienced hypnotherapists.

 

Does Clinical Hypnotherapy Work?

I know there’s a question on everyone’s mind, and it is: “Does this really work?”

So let’s clear everything up and talk about efficiency first. Around 20% are highly susceptible, these are the ones stage hypnotherapists love. Around 60% are susceptible and benefit greatly from the techniques, especially when combined with NLP.  Finally around 20% are not unsusceptible, however those are the ones who firmly believe it’s not for them and they aren’t reading this blog anyway.

Now, of course, there are people that can vouch for hypnotherapy, and there are people that say it’s a scam. But the thing is, in order for hypnotherapy to work, it needs to be used appropriately. It also needs to be the right combination of practitioner and client to assure rapport is made and maintained. I’ve personally experienced positive sessions myself where the person hypnotising me has made great changes and also practitioners who have been unable to get me to relax  

Rapport is so important it is why nearly all good Master Clinical Hypnotherapists invite you to a free 20 session to get to know each other before committing to spending any money. What is clinical hypnotherapy used for, then? That’s something we’ll cover in the next section.

 

The Benefits of Clinical Hypnotherapy

Now, as I mentioned before, in order for hypnotherapy to work, it needs to be used for specific purposes. Here are some common benefits of hypnotherapy:

Clinical hypnotherapy improves sleep

In fact, hypnotherapy helps with the fourth stage of REM (rapid-eye movement) sleep, also known as “deep sleep”. This was proven by a Swiss study in which the brain activity of a woman was monitored after she listened to a tape containing suggestive hypnosis. The woman then took a 90-minute nap and it was shown that she spent more time in the slow-wave phase of sleep. This means that hypnotherapy could have immense benefits for not only people struggling with chronic/diagnosed insomnia, but also those who wish to sleep better who suffer with work related stress.

Clinical hypnotherapy eases pain 

Many do not believe that this is true, but several studies have been conducted, two of the most influential being published in 2000 and 2009, and it was determined that hypnotherapy does indeed help with chronic pain

Clinical hypnotherapy helps with anxiety

Like meditation, hypnotherapy can calm you down and offer you some peace of mind. If you are suffering from anxiety, be it caused by your work or your personal life, then a few sessions of hypnotherapy could teach you how to deal better with stress and how to shift negativity away from you, bring more positive vibes into your life.

Clinical hypnotherapy helps with depression

There are many facets to depression, far too many to discuss in this blog but along with aiding in good quality sleep and positive thinking, hypnotherapy can be used in an extended programme alongside traditional medication to help change behaviour. Our reality is made up of our thoughts, thoughts drive feelings, feelings drive behaviour and guess what… Hypnotherapy can help you with altering your thought patterns, hence helping your feelings.

Clinical hypnotherapy helps eliminate bad habits and addictions

As mentioned previously, hypnotherapy is an exceptional technique when combined with NLP and when it comes to quitting smoking, reducing drinking, eliminating excessive eating. In half a day this can be wiped out in a rapid breakthrough session.

These are just some of the things that hypnotherapy can help with, but other conditions that could be improved by the use of clinical hypnosis are: 

  • undesirable spontaneous behaviour
  • learning disorders
  • communication issues
  • relationship issues

 

Bottom Line

The best way to see if clinical hypnotherapy works for you is to try it, especially if you’re suffering from some of the conditions mentioned above. Or maybe you’re struggling with some bad habits that are preventing you from reaching your true potential. In this case, clinical hypnotherapy is definitely worth a shot. 

If you’d like to give clinical hypnotherapy a try, then all you have to do is contact a hypnotherapist. But wait… you don’t need to look for a professional, because you’ve already found a Master Clinical Hypnotherapist right here! So if you’re looking for a change, then here is your chance.