Hypnotherapy: Let’s get to know it!
There are many of you out there who are aware of Hypnotherapy, but aren’t entirely sure what it is. You may have been told about it in school, come across it during a cartoon or even read about it somewhere.
Hypnotherapy isn’t about the stereotypical act of ‘brainwashing’ someone by starring at a swinging pendulum, nor is it scary men with crazy eyes. Hypnotherapy is one of the most advance techniques to help people with medical conditions without having to resort to prescription drugs or surgery. It has often been associated with helping weight loss, relief in depression, anxiety, smoking and many other problems.
What exactly is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy attempts to address an individual’s subconscious mind, using the power of suggestion for beneficial change. A hypnotherapist uses hypnosis to give relevant and positive suggestions to help an indivual bring about the change that they desire. Hypnotherapy is not the same as being asleep; all thought there are many similarities. Hypnotherapists will require their patients to be in a completely relaxed state so they are able to use their imagination, whilst still being in complete control. For this reason alone, it’s imperative that the patient is completely comfortable with their Hypnotherapist. Being under the influence of hypnosis is a different state of consciousness to being awake or asleep. Many people have compared the deep, relaxed state to that similar of daydreaming.
Altered states of awareness have been recognised for thousands of years and hypnosis is widely accepted as a beneficial psychological therapy to access our inner potential. There are different techniques implemented to help reveal issues from an individual’s past that may be causing them distress, or there is a separate approach where there is more focus on current problems. Hypnotherapy is fantastic with aiding the majority of emotional problems such as Depression, Anxiety, Fatigue and Anhedonia. Emotional problems aren’t the only problems that Hypnotherapy can attack; there are some physical issues that Hypnotherapy is incredibly useful for such as IBS and Insomnia. However it’s important for an individual to consult their GP before approaching a hypnotherapist if they suffer from clinical depression, epilepsy or schizophrenia.
Hypnotherapists will often combine hypnosis with other psychotherapy and counselling techniques to benefit individuals. The techniques used will often depend on the issue the individual is seeking help for.
Are there different types of Hypnotherapy?
Yes. There are three main types of Hypnotherapy, ‘Suggestion Hypnotherapy’, ‘Analytical Hypnotherapy’ and ‘Cognitive Hypnotherapy’. Each one is unique to its own and has benefits/purposes that aren’t found in the others.
Suggestion Hypnotherapy involves a hypnotherapist giving an individual’s unconscious mind a series of ‘suggestions’. These suggestions can help an individual with performing certain tasks they usually feel uncomfortable with such as public speaking, or it can help them stop certain tasks that they don’t want to do such as smoking.
Suggestion Therapy is often used where there is no root cause for an issue that needs to be dealt with, or when there are time constraints (such as an individual wanting to deal with a fear of flying or spider). Suggestion hypnotherapy is quite often considered a short-term therapy compared with other types of therapy, they can do so within the first few sessions with their hypnotherapist.
Analytical Hypnotherapy, also sometimes known as ‘Hypnoanalysis’ can be effective in dealing with deeper issues and involves psychotherapy using hypnosis. Analytical hypnotherapy seeks to find the root cause of an individual’s problem, and then deals with the issue. For example, a phobia may be ‘masked’ using suggestion therapy; however the root cause will still exist. Analytical hypnotherapy seeks to identify the root cause and deal with it; the root cause will then become powerless.
Analytical hypnotherapy is a very involving process and usually requires much more commitment than suggestion therapy. However, once the root cause has been identified and dealt with, the results can be life changing. Whereas suggestion therapy manages a problem, analytical hypnotherapy aims to resolves it.
Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a modern, scientific approach to therapy that is significantly different from the traditional schools of Hypnotherapy. Cognitive Hypnotherapy draws it influence from a number of other validated theories, such as Positive Psychology, Neuroscience, Evolutionary Psychology and NLP and combines these in a way that fits the client’s personal goals, values and personality. Drawing from a range of techniques from different disciplines means that a tailored approach for each client can be created – there’s no ‘one sizes fits all’ model here.
Cognitive Hypnotherapists attempt to get into the mindset of the client to work through any presenting issues, using techniques and language based on the client’s unique model of the world. Cognitive Hypnotherapy also uses an analytical approach to clean away any unwanted thoughts and behaviours from the past, but then uses techniques that retrain the brain in the present to ensure that the changes that clients would like to make are fully realised.
Does everyone respond to Hypnotherapy?
According to the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH), it is estimated that 85% of people will respond at some level to clinical hypnotherapy. Some people are more likely to respond to Hypnotherapy compared to others, it depends on how much they’re willing to let themselves open up and how much they believe in the treatment.
Believing that change from Hypnotherapy is possible is incredibly important; this is of course not to be confused with ‘Placebo Effects’. If an individual is personally motivated to change, hypnosis is often more likely than if the individual relies completely on their hypnotherapist and doubts whether they have the ability to access their subconscious and make changes happen.
It is important to realise that you cannot hypnotise someone against their will. If someone is under the influence of hypnosis, as they are still in complete control, it is still possible for them to reject any suggestion they don’t feel would benefit them. This makes Hypnotherapy incredibly safe.
What qualifications and experience should a Hypnotherapist have?
Choosing a Hypnotherapist is obviously and incredibly delicate choice, one which has to be taken very seriously.
Hypnotherapists can register with a professional body which will have its own code of ethics and those who are members of a professional body will have met certain eligibility requirements. All Irish Hypnosis Clinics are registered with the NGH, ICHI, IHA and GHSC standards as well as completing CPD hours every year to keep the standards high as well as monthly clinic meetings for troubleshooting and training.
It is recommended to ask what awards, experience and courses they have taken to help give you a better understanding at how successful your Hypnotherapist is and we welcome this question at EVERY Irish Hypnosis Clinic