How Hypnotherapy Helps
What is Hypnotherapy?
In March 2001, the British Psychological Society (BPS) published a review of research on hypnotherapy. In this document, titled The Nature of Hypnosis, the authors explain:
"The term ‘hypnosis’ denotes an interaction between one person, the ‘hypnotist’, and another person or people, the ‘subject’ or ‘subjects’. In this interaction the hypnotist attempts to influence the subjects’ perceptions, feelings, thinking and behavior by asking them to concentrate on ideas and images that may evoke the intended effects. The verbal communications that the hypnotist uses to achieve these effects are termed ‘suggestions’. Suggestions differ from everyday kinds of instructions in that they imply that a ‘successful’ response is experienced by the subject as having a quality of involuntariness or effortlessness. Subjects may learn to go through the hypnotic procedures on their own, and this is termed ‘self-hypnosis’."
What Can Hypnosis Help?
According to the BPS, research has shown that hypnosis can have numerous therapeutic and beneficial effects.
Pain relief: Hypnosis therapy can provide effective treatment for the management and relief of both acute and chronic pain and assist in the alleviation of pain, discomfort and distress due to medical and dental procedures.
Anxiety, tension, stress, insomnia: Like other relaxation procedures, hypnosis can reduce anxiety, tension, and stress, and improve sleep quality.
Stress-related Disorders: Evidence indicates that hypnosis can have a positive impact on and reduce the severity of symptoms in a range of stress-related disorders including:
Headaches, both tension and migraine
Can hypnotic suggestions make me do embarrassing or unethical things?
No. Your hypnotherapist can not make you to do anything you would object to in any way. You always act under conscious control. All hypnosis sessions are designed to help you do what you want to do.
What happens in a hypnotherapy session?
Guided hypnosis sessions largely involves relaxation, meditation, and visualization.
At our clinic, Tracy will interview you to learn your goals and stumbling blocks you find blocking your achievement of those goals. Then she will help you obtain a deeply relaxed state. Once you feel deeply relaxed, she will guide you through a set of suggestions and visualizations tailored to your desires. For example, she may guide you to imagine being in your favorite natural surroundings where you experience joyfulness. In that happy state, she may help you imagine what your life will be like when you break free from the pain or behaviors limiting your joyfulness. She always emphasizes helping you to increase your joy and authentic expression of your highest spiritual potential.