It is unlikely that complete healing can take place when one is limited by the cognitive
(thinking) aspects of the mind. True healing must grow from the subconscious level
of the mind, where the core cause of our conditioned responses, fears, negative thinking
and limited beliefs are held. One of the most valuable tools we have for accessing
and permanently changing the subconscious is Hypnosis, when used by adequately trained
and ethical therapists.
Clinical Hypnosis has very little in common with the type of hypnosis carried out
at the familiar stage shows. In clinical hypnosis the client is always in control
and totally free to come out of the hypnotic state, and will never do or say anything
against their morals or beliefs.
Hypnosis is not a therapy in itself. Rather, a therapy is conducted in hypnosis,
which is known as hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is a state of relaxation and concentration
at one with the state of heightened awareness induced by suggestion. It is a natural
trance state, like daydreaming, when the mind is relaxed and focused, where time
passes very quickly, accompanied by good feelings of deep relaxation of mind and
Hypnotherapy is a treatment that is based on the premise that the mind and body do
not work in isolation. By sending the patient into a hypnotic state, the therapist
aims to trigger the body's mental and physical self-healing processes that lie in
Anybody can be sent into a hypnotic state; it is not a sign of gullibility or suggestibility
on the part of the patient. When undergoing hypnotherapy, patients are conscious
and aware, but are open to the power of suggestion. They cannot be induced to do
anything against their will.
Everyone is capable of sleep and trance experiences such as daydreaming and can therefore
be hypnotised. There are some exceptions, such as young children, people with mental
difficulties or those with extremely sub-normal intelligence. Psychotic patients
are not advised to undergo hypnosis.
Shall I be aware of what's happening when under hypnosis?
Yes. The word 'hypnosis' derives from Hypnos, the Greek god of sleep, but most people
experiencing hypnosis are far from actually sleeping. The predominant feeling of
most people is that it cannot have worked and they did not 'go under'.
People experiencing hypnosis may appear to others to be asleep, but they can think,
talk, open their eyes and respond to suggestion freely. When under hypnosis, people
are usually aware of their surroundings and can hear everything going on around them,
including the Hypnotherapist' voice.
What is self-hypnosis?
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, meaning that the Hypnotherapist is only a guide or
catalyst to elicit the trance experience in the client. The power of hypnosis resides
in the client, not in the Hypnotherapist.
Scientists are not really sure how it works. The autonomic nervous system controls
all the automatic functions of the body while we are asleep and it has been proven
that words and suggestion can affect the central nervous system while we are awake.
Distracting the conscious mind causes a dissociation of the conscious and unconscious
mind and is the first step in inducing hypnosis. There are many differing techniques
a Hypnotherapist can use to put a client into hypnosis.
By talking to their clients in a soothing voice and getting them to visualise relaxing
and monotonous situations, practitioners are able to send their clients into a state
of very deep relaxation where they will still be aware of their surroundings but
are very much more sensitive to suggestion.
Once the patient has closed their eyes, the Hypnotherapist deepens the trance by
suggesting to the conscious mind to daydream or relax. While the conscious mind is
inactive the subject is likely to respond to all suggestions literally. Positive
suggestions are then introduced and absorbed by the conscious mind.
When in this state, the patient's subconscious can be 'reprogrammed' to deal with
certain feelings in a different way and as such, hypnotherapy is not only very effective
in the treatment of phobias, addictions, but it can also reduce stress and alleviate
What ailments is hypnotherapy suitable for treating?
Hypnotherapy is useful for treating a variety of conditions, both physical and mental.
Used in conjunction with other therapies, such as Psychoanalysis and Rapid Eye Therapy,
hypnotherapy can help patients to overcome certain psychological complaints, including
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depression, Fear & Phobias, and Neuroses.
It is particularly useful for overcoming phobias, and ceasing problematic habitual
behaviour, like stammering, snoring, smoking, teeth grinding, sleepwalking or nail
It can also help alleviate some of the symptoms of physical complaints like allergies,
travel sickness, insomnia and irritable bowel syndrome. Used in conjunction with
conventional medical treatment, hypnotherapy has demonstrated positive benefits in
the treatment of cancer.
Hypnotherapy is also useful in providing general health benefits, such as improving
posture and digestion, reducing dependence on sleeping pills or tranquillisers, and
helping to eradicate stress.
When is Hypnotherapy not recommended?
Hypnotherapy is not generally advisable for mentally disturbed or psychotic patients.
Some psychiatric professionals do use hypnotherapy in conjunction with orthodox treatments
for patients with such conditions, but always within an institutional environment
where other forms of treatment are also available.
Patients suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar conditions, suicidal tendencies, senility,
alcohol or drug psychosis, pathological personalities or manic depression are generally
advised not to undergo hypnotherapy.
While hypnotherapy is useful in alleviating depression, it is contra-indicated for
manic depression and bipolar conditions. It is also contraindicated in some cases