Hypnosis

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The Therapeutic Benefits of Hypnosis

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of relaxation and increased mental awareness. It is a powerful form of treatment and can be used during psychotherapy sessions as a way of addressing certain mental conditions by your health professional.

Hypnosis is a very powerful form of treatment. It is characterised by a combination of a trance state, complete relaxation, heightened imagination, and concentration which brings about the opportunity for the client to utilise his/her inner strength to work to his/her benefit. Hypnosis, when applied, is an extremely effective form of treatment. Your therapist can use it alongside other therapies to speed up the therapeutic process and enhance treatment.

Will I Be Asleep When I Am Undergoing Hypnotherapy?

Although hypnosis is a sleep-like experience, it should be referred to as a state of enhanced attention, vivid fantasies, and heightened suggestibility. You might seem sleepy when hypnotised, but you will be in a state of enhanced awareness.

The therapeutic benefits of hypnosis are many. It can be used to address a variety of psychological challenges such as anxiety, pain management, dietary concerns, and interpersonal dilemmas, to name but a few.

How Can Hypnosis Help and is it a Useful Method of Treatment?

Hypnotherapy can assist with pain and is useful in controlling anxiety.

Research Shows Us How Hypnosis Can Assist with a Range of Treatment Options:

  • Hypnotherapy can assist with alleviating irritable bowel syndrome if medical treatment is ineffective.
  • We can use hypnosis for pain control during dental procedures, childbirth, and post-operative pain management.
  • Your health professional could recommend hypnotherapy to assist with losing weight, giving up smoking, sleep disorders, and bedwetting.
  • Your therapist can apply hypnotherapy to manage certain symptoms of ADHD.
  • Hypnotherapy can be used to prepare mothers for child delivery.
  • Medical professionals can apply hypnosis to assist with cancer treatment in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy to reduce pain, vomiting, and nausea.
  • Hypnosis can be used to capture and enhance special moments vividly like a wedding day.

Am I a Good Candidate for Hypnosis?

Many people are of the belief they are not a suitable candidate for hypnosis. Statistics show that many individuals who believe they cannot undergo hypnotherapy are excellent candidates. The subconscious mind is a powerful asset to use to your benefit. Candidates for hypnosis should be relatively intelligent, able to participate in guided relaxation, and have an adequate level of creativity and imagination. Contra-indications are in the case of cognitive or neurological deficits.

It is important to find a professional who has credentials and experience in hypnosis as a therapeutic tool. Not everyone can claim to be a professional hypnotherapist.

What Are the Effects of Hypnosis, and Can Hypnotherapy Help Me?

Psychologists use hypnotherapy to assist in addressing various presenting complaints. It is important to note that your hypnotherapist will discuss the aim of hypnosis and agreed upon suggestions prior to your session.

Many individuals have found that hypnotherapy has helped them overcome distress and challenges.

If you would like to see a therapist with expertise in hypnotherapy, you can contact Erika Nell Clinical Psychology today for an appointment in Pretoria (East). Erika Nell is a qualified independent Clinical Psychologist registered at the Health Professionals Council of South Africa.