According to the Mayo Clinic, “Hypnotherapy has the potential to help relieve the symptoms of a wide variety of diseases and conditions. It can be used independently along with other treatments. For example, it’s one of several relaxation methods for treating chronic pain that has been approved by an independent panel convened by the National Institute of Health.”
The difference between psychiatry and psychology is that these fields deal with the conscious mind, whereas hypnotherapy deals with the subconscious mind. Hypnosis can transcend the critical, analytical mind and facilitate the acceptance of suggestions, directions and instructions desired by the client.
A survey of psychotherapy literature by psychologist Alfred A. Barrios, Ph.D., revealed the following recovery rates (source: American Health Magazine):
Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions
Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions
Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions
During a typical hypnosis session, the client is guided by the hypnotherapist into a deep, meditative state. While in the state of hypnosis, the hypnotherapist utilizes positive suggestions spoken directly to the subconscious mind. Contrary to popular belief, the client is not induced into an altered state whereby they are under the control of the hypnotherapist. The client has the ability at all times to reject the hypnotherapist’s suggestions.
Hypnotherapy can be used for:
- Weight management (obesity, anorexia, bulimia)
- Smoking cessation
- Stress management and reduction
- Pain management
- Anger management
- Cancer treatment support
- Overcoming insomnia
- Overcoming anxiety and panic attacks
- Overcoming habits such as nail biting, thumb sucking and bed wetting.
- Overcoming fears and phobias, negative thinking, fear of public speaking, procrastination, stage fright, etc.
- Improving concentration, creativity, study and work habits, sports and artistic performance, spiritual growth, etc.
- Accessing memories of past lives