What is hypnosis? The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis defines hypnosis as “a state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention.”
You do not need to have special traits, personality, or a set of skills that would make you more responsive to hypnosis (to be hypnotized). You just have to have a positive attitude to hypnosis and be willing to participate in the process.
More facts about hypnosis:
Hypnosis uses psychological states that occur naturally such as daydreaming. If you can daydream, you can be hypnotized. If you agree to imagine what is being suggested to you, you can be hypnotized.
- Hypnosis is a collaborative process. I am not “doing hypnosis to you”, we work together. In hypnosis, I will guide you to focus your attention on suggestions. When you are hypnotized, you are more responsive to those ideas.
- Hypnosis is not a coercive process. It is not mind control or brainwashing. You are in complete control of the process. If you do not like or agree with what is being suggested to you, you can freely choose not to respond to it. Your ability to think independently and make decisions is not taken away from you when you are in hypnosis. Nobody can ‘do hypnosis’ to you. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis.
- Hypnosis is safe. There are not harmful side effects of hypnosis. Some people worry that they might get ‘stuck’ in hypnosis. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis so you can terminate hypnosis and open your eyes anytime if you decide to. No one ever becomes stuck in hypnosis.
- Some people expect that when they are hypnotized, they would become unconscious or that hypnosis is sleep. “Hypnos” means sleep in Greek language, but it does not mean that hypnosis is sleep. You might feel very relaxed during and after hypnosis, but chances are you will be aware of everything that is going on around you.
In my practice I use ‘Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy’ (CBH) in which I combine hypnosis with techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The aim of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is to help you manage your problems by changing your way of thinking and behaving. Initially we explore your current patterns of thinking and behaviour that are not helpful and you want to change. We will set a goal that you would like to achieve. Along with new skill and strategies, hypnosis will be utilized to reinforce what you have learned in the session. By following and responding to hypnotic suggestions you will be able to imagine yourself in a situation in which you are struggling but responding to it differently. In hypnosis you will be able to experience positive emotions, see yourself thinking differently, and acting in a way that is more helpful for you.
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- helps to reduce stress levels and anxiety, such as dental anxiety, performance anxiety (sport, public speaking), exam anxiety, anxiety before surgery and other medical procedures
- is used in pain management and applied to a variety of chronic-pain conditions such as low-back problems, arthritis, disability-related pain, cancer sufferer persistent pain, chronic muscular pain
- helps to overcome habits such as smoking, nail biting, hair pulling
- is effective intervention to overcome insomnia
- efficacy has been reported in treatment of variety of health conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), asthma, eczema, hypertension, allergies, headaches and migraine
- is commonly used in childbirth (Hypno-birth) and is helpful for morning sickness
- can help you if you want to improve your self-confidence, self-esteem and increase motivation