Clinical hypnotherapy is not one of those new age gimmicks that promise to improve your life overnight. Instead, clinical hypnotherapy is a legitimate and respected treatment alternative that can help patients who are suffering from a wide variety of emotional and physical problems. The process has been growing in popularity in recent years as patients look for methods beyond medication to help them improve their health and well-being effectively. Below is some additional information that can help improve your understanding of clinical hypnotherapy and how it may be able to help you or someone you care about.

Clinical Hypnotherapy 101

For starters, clinical hypnotherapy is the process of using hypnosis to create a desired mental state in patients in which they are more receptive to suggestions from a trained practitioner. These treatments are conducted by experienced, educated professionals who have met specific standards in order to practice this treatment method.

You do not have to worry about being made to quack like a duck or to engage in other strange behaviors – hypnotherapists are professionals who want to help you eliminate your problem and improve the quality of your life.

Does Clinical Hypnotherapy Work?

Although patients have for a long time claimed that suggestions delivered while under hypnosis have been able to help them give up smoking or lose weight or overcome a phobia, new research is beginning to emerge that proves that hypnosis can have very powerful and very positive affects on the human mind and body.

One study that was published back in 2003 found that more than 66% of participants in a study of clinical hypnosis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) reported a positive reduction in their symptoms after completing a dozen sessions of hypnosis. After six years, about four-fifths of those people are still feeling the relief. Less than 1 in 10 of those participants who initially reported improvements every sought additional treatments for their IBS condition.

While a single study can not be conclusive evidence that clinical hypnotherapy works, this study is just one of many showing that hypnosis can be used to alleviate pain, depression, and a wide range of other problems.

Can Everyone Benefit?

Yes it is true that everyone can be hypnotised, even the young and elderly. The only exception to the rule is people who have suffered psychosis or with organic brain damage. Some people are however more hypnotisable than others which means that they can connect more deeply with their unconscious mind more quickly.

Others might need more practice to get to the same level of focused attention. Keeping an open mind and committing to doing a bit of homework (yes, clients are given small and easy tasks to complete), can further increase the chances of this method working extremely well for you.

Should I Use Clinical Hypnotherapy?

The question of whether or not this type of treatment is right for you should be determined after consulting a professional in the field and/or your family physician or therapist. While there are excellent benefits to be gained from the process, it is not the right solution for everyone. Although there are no nasty side effects to worry about if you try it and find that it isn’t the correct answer for your needs.

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