Hypnotherapy is a form of healing that is based on the premise that many of the mental and physical ailments that a person has are a result of deep-rooted emotions, feelings, and memories. By using hypnotherapy, the healer can help you break the connection with negative feelings and replace them with positive thoughts and reactions so that you regain good health and wellness. Hypnotherapy can be of different types to treat the various issues that you might have.
Types of Hypnotherapy
- Hypnotherapy for a Specific Issue
This form of hypnotherapy is typically used to address depression, anxiety, and the memory of some traumatic experience. It can also be used to help patients overcome phobias such as flying, heights, spiders, water, or any other. Before starting the session, the therapist talks to the patients to understand the specific objectives they hope to achieve from the therapy and how their lives can improve.
- Time Line Therapy™
First used by Tad James, Time Line Therapy™ works to help the patient let go of the negative feelings, experiences, and reactions by targeting the memories stored in the subconscious mind. This form of hypnotherapy works on the concept that we store each experience like a photo album and timeline. By using a series of techniques, the therapist can help the patient let go of the hidden feelings and recover from stress, anxiety, and depression.
- Hypnotherapy and Neuro-linguistic Programming
Neuro-linguistic programming is a technique the hypnotherapist uses to help patients build better relationships and develop the optimum physical and mental capabilities necessary for dealing with the their everyday tasks. To make this happen, the therapist studies the patient’s language, terms he or she more frequently uses, attitude, and interactions with the people around.
- Clinical Hypnotherapy
Clinical hypnotherapy is a form of treatment that is given by a certified medical practitioner who has the necessary licensing to help patients with a range of psychological and physical conditions. Such therapists typically have a medical background and use hypnotherapy to complement the other treatments they provide.
- Analytical Hypnotherapy
Also called hypnoanalysis, analytical hypnotherapy aims at resolving the deep-seated problems in the patients’ psyches that have been troubling them over a long time. By eliminating these issues, the therapist tries to help the present problems that the patient has. For instance, if a patient has difficulty falling asleep or has disturbed sleep patterns, the therapist tries to understand if he or she has difficult relationships with family and friends that may be the cause. This form of hypnotherapy can take a long while to take effect and needs patients to commit to the treatment.
Hypno-psychotherapy is a form of treatment that is given by therapists who are trained in psychotherapy also. Thus, they are adept at helping patients by building a supportive and understanding relationship with them that is based on trust. Using their skills and training in psychotherapy, they can treat the deep felt issues that their patients face such as abuse or trauma.
- Traditional/Suggestion Hypnotherapy
The traditional form of hypnotherapy aims at treating patients that have no repressed memories or feelings. By using a series of simple suggestions, therapists can help patients change they way the think, feel, and behave. Suggestion hypnotherapy is typically a short-term treatment and is completed within a few sessions.
How to Choose a Practitioner
Now that you understand the different forms of hypnotherapy, you can choose a healer that is best suited to help you with the specific conditions and problems you have. Here are the steps you must take to choose a certified practitioner who can help you achieve the results you’re looking for.
- Check the directory of the registered, accredited therapists practicing in your area and make sure to choose a healer who has the mandatory training according to recognized standards.
- Sign up for an initial session so you can make sure you’re comfortable working with him or her. If you’re uncomfortable or feel you cannot trust your therapist, discuss the issues clearly.
- Ask about the Code of Ethics and ethical guidelines they work with.
- Ask about the fail safe measures they have in place in case the session does not progress as planned.
- Discuss the number of sessions the therapist thinks you’ll need. Also, inquire about the availability of the therapist, the duration of each session, and the frequency.
- Talk about the procedures for cancellations and the payment structure.
Do, keep in mind that hypnotherapy cannot cure the issues you have. It can only help you deal with them with the help of positive suggestions that allow you to replace negative reactions with favorable ones.
Research Conducted into the Effectiveness of Hypnotherapy
Several studies conducted on patients in various organizations have shown that hypnotherapy can help patients with a host of problems. Here are some of them.
- Studies conducted at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Depts. of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine in 2001 showed that the patients undergoing hypnotherapy treatment for stopping smoking had a 90.6% success rate in kicking the habit.
- Results of a study conducted on subjects trying to lose weight were published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 1985. Of the 109 people in the study, the subjects that received hypnotherapy along with a weight loss program lost more weight over a period of 8 months to 2 years as compared to subjects that were not given hypnotherapy.
- In 1975, the outcomes of a study on patients with migraines were published in the International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis. The report stated that the patients who were given hypnotherapy along with the medication, prochlorperazine (Stemetil) had a fewer number of blinding pain attacks than the patients who were only taking medication.
If you can work with a certified, well-trained hypnotherapist, you can hope to get help for a number of psychological and physical problems. Hypnotherapy is a form of treatment that helps you heal yourself by changing your responses to the experiences and memories hidden deep inside you. These impressions can, unknown to you, have a lasting effect on your present life, health, and wellness. And, hypnotherapy can help you get over them.
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