Benefits of Hypnosis
In 2020, the American Psychological Association (APA), promoted hypnosis as a credible, beneficial therapy for pain, anxiety, and mood disorders, and changing negative habits like smoking.
According to Golden, (2012), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is also a very effective tool for improving pain, anxiety, and mood disorders. However, using CBT with hypnosis (CBH) has shown to be successful with General anxiety disorder, job interview anxiety, test anxiety, airplane phobia, school phobia, public speaking anxiety, agoraphobia, sexual performance anxiety,and post-traumatic stress disorder.
According to Chamine, Atchley, and Oken, (2018) studies have confirmed that hypnosis is effective in reducing pain and the negative side effects of cancer treatments, Additionally, research has shown that hypnosis alone can resolve sleep disturbances.
Now that we have established hypnosis is a credible form of therapy, lets de-mystify the stereotypical ideas of hypnosis.
1. Hypnosis CANNOT make anyone do anything they do not want to do.
2. You are aware of what is happening during hypnosis.
3. Hypnosis is NOT sleep, although most people become very relaxed.
4. Hypnosis allows a person to look inside themselves in order to gain understanding about a specific issue or behavior.
5. Everyone can and does reach some level of hypnotic state every day. We call it "being in the zone" or "zoning out."
6. Hypnosis is NOT magic. It is a collaboration between the client and the person assisting in hypnosis so the client can acheive the changes or discover answers they are seeking.
Hypnosis can be a wonderful treatment option, and most clinicians who provide hypnosis use it in conjuction with other traditional modalities. As always you should ask questions when considering participating in hypnosis. Ask where the practitioner received their training, Ask how many hours of hypnosis they have performed. A reputable practitioner will explain the entire experience before starting the process. They will explain how the process works, and what a person might expect to occur. Usually, you will also be asked to sign consents and releases, just as you would for any other mental health or medical health procedure.
I love hypnosis and have found it to be extremely helpful for anxiety, smoking, and weight issues. My clients report hypnosis has been successful for removing anxiety related sleep problems, smoking, feelings of increased worth, and resolving areas related to chronic pain.
Until Next Time!
Chamine, I., Atchley, R., & Oken, B. S. (2018). Hypnosis intervention effects on sleep outcomes: A systematic review. Journal of Clinical SleepMedicine, 14(2), 271–283.
Golden, W. L. (2012). Cognitive hypnotherapy for anxiety disorders. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 54(4), 263–274.