Clinical Hypnotherapy

Posted on October 8, 2019 at 8:00 PM

There has been a growing number of patients presenting for consideration for clinical hypnotherapy so I thought it might be a good idea to oultine here a little information.   Typically these self-presenting or referred patients are wanting to overcome one or more specific challenges in their lives and are curious about how one's own mind power can be utlised to achieve their goal(s).   They may have tried other treatments with limited success or experienced treatment side effects.   They may come to me with some reservations but mostly they come with an open mind to explore their options.   Very few people these days would be so sceptical as to deny the mind-body connection.

The first thing to make clear is that hypnotisability is not a stigma of weak will or low intelligence.   Rather it is a sign of an alert, active and creative mind.   The more cooperative and imaginative you are, the better you will submit to hypnosis and the more profound the results.   Almost everyone (over 80 percent of people) can be hypnotised to some degree with 10 percent of people in the high range of hypnotisability and 10 percent in the low range.   Suggestibility testing can be done to determine where you align in this spectrum of responsiveness.

Going under hypnosis is a ‘willing’ art of achieving tremendous inner awareness, selective thinking and sensory dissociation. The best way to do this is not to do anything. Just relax your mind and body in stillness and listen to my voice guiding you.   

Please wear comfortable clothing to your hypnotherapy session. You will be reclining in an easy chair in a darkened room for approximately 30 minutes.   I am with you at all times.

To do the therapeutic work I use my voice to direct your body and mind into hypnotic trance.   Hypnotic trance is an altered state of consciousness which is natural and normal and in fact experienced by everyone everyday e.g. we are actually in a hypnotic trance when we are mentally engrossed in an activity such as watching a movie or reading a good book; e.g. when we daydream; e.g. when we "tune out" or "zone out" or when  we experience "time flies".  

When you are in hypnotic trance:

1. You are fully aware of your surroundings.

2. You are in control of your faculties.

3. You are not unconscious or asleep.

4. You don’t divulge any secrets, unless agreed to beforehand for purposes of hypno-analysis.

5. Your past is not probed, unless agreed to beforehand for purposes of hypno-analysis.

6. Your will not accept any suggestions contrary to your moral and ethical codes.

7. You are not made to do anything silly or unacceptable.

8. You are in a very comfortable state of tranquillity of mind and relaxation of body, accepting the suggestions that are beneficial to you, allowing them to sink into your subconscious mind.

9. If you consider your subconscious mind as a computer, in hypnosis it is ‘clear’ and ready to accept new and beneficial programming.

10. The programming can be done by you (as in self-hypnosis) or by the therapist with your consent.

Good to know things about after your hypnosis session:

Some people get the full benefit of hypnosis in the first few minutes of therapy while others require several sessions before they reap the benefits.

Even after the first session, you will find that the suggestions (both direct and in-direct) given under hypnosis will be unobtrusively influencing your feelings, thoughts and behaviours in a beneficial way.

You can expect to be pleasantly surprised by gentle positive changes. My suggestion is don’t challenge or rationalise, rather enjoy it and ‘go with the flow’.

I recommend to most patients that they have a trial of six sessions of half hour therapy, booked once a fortnight.   After this you should have a medical review appointment scheduled to discuss your progress and decide where to from here.

Please keep in mind if the therapeutic results are not as predicted, it suggests your subconscious mind is not ready to accept suggestions. This could be due to emotional ‘blocks’ or scars from the past, both of which may need to be explored and analysed in counselling therapy.

written by Dr Ison

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