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What is Hypnotherapy?

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Hypnotherapy is just a form of highly focused attention, and there are therapeutic strategies that you employ using that highly focused attention.

What is hypnotherapy?  Patients are usually "talked" into a state of highly focused, suggestible attentiveness where they are able to clear away mental "clutter" and focus on whatever problem it is that concerns them. In most cases, practitioners teach patients self-hypnosis techniques they can use at home.

Patients do not relinquish self-control

Actually, from a clinical perspective, that's the opposite of what we do with people. People come to see us to develop greater willpower and have more self-control, more confidence in themselves.

Using electroencephalogram [EEG] and other methods, science is beginning to determine what happens to the hypnotized brain. "We're getting to the point where we can see that the hypnotic brain looks different from the resting or sleeping brain,” Hypnotized individuals are usually physically at ease, with lowered blood pressure and heart rates, while feeling fully awake and mentally attentive.

Studies have shown hypnosis can be a useful adjunct therapy against many ills, including:

  • Gastrointestinal problems. For irritable bowel syndrome, especially, hypnosis has been demonstrated to be about 80 percent effective in reducing or eliminating symptoms.
  • Pain. It's been clearly helpful there for hundreds of years. In many cases, patients with chronic pain use self-hypnosis techniques to "turn down" pain, like lowering the volume on a radio. Patients can also use the technique to help get through invasive or painful medical procedures, such as dentistry or even cardiac catheterization.
  • Smoking and other addictions. Half of people will typically stop smoking after a single [hypnosis] session, and half of those won't have a cigarette for two years. In the world of smoking-cessation, a 25 percent long-term success rate is considered impressive.
  • Weight loss. There's some pretty good research that says hypnosis is helpful. It seems to help people stay focused on their goals. us

Experts stressed that hypnotherapy is really directed by the patient, anyway, not the practitioner.

It's a collaborative relationship between two people. “you and I”.  It's something I do with you, not to you.  A good hypnotherapist simply teaches techniques that allow a patient to fulfill his or her goals.

"Patients look at it as, 'I'm doing this -- I'm learning to help myself”

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