What is Clinical Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a procedure during which a health professional suggests that a client experience changes in sensations, perceptions, thoughts or behavior. The hypnotic context is generally established by an induction procedure. Although there are many different hypnotic inductions, most include suggestions for relaxation, calmness, and well-being. Instructions to imagine or think about pleasant experiences are also commonly included in hypnotic inductions. People respond to hypnosis in different ways. Some describe their experience as an altered state of consciousness. Others describe hypnosis as a normal state of focused attention, in which they feel very calm and relaxed. Regardless of how and to what degree they respond, most people describe the experience as very pleasant. Hypnosis is not sleep. You will be awake and aware of everything that happens. Because you are in control of the hypnotic experience, you may end it whenever you wish.
Who responds to Clinical Hypnosis?
Some people are very responsive to hypnotic suggestions and others are less responsive. A person's ability to experience hypnotic suggestions can be inhibited by fears and concerns arsing from some common misconceptions. Contrary to some depictions of hypnosis in books, movies and on television, people who have been hypnotized do not lose control over their behavior. They typically remain aware of who they are and where they are, and unless amnesia has been specifically suggested, they usually remember what transpired during hypnosis. Hypnosis makes it easier for people to experience suggestions, but it does not force them to have these experiences.
How is Clinical Hypnosis utilized?
Hypnosis can be used in the treament of pain, depression, anxiety, stress, habit disorders (such as smoking and binge eating), and many other psychological and medical problems. However, it may not be useful for all psychological problems or for all clients. The decision to use hypnosis as an adjunct to treatment can only be made in consultation.
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