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What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?
Clinical Hypnotherapy is a complementary therapy that treats both medical and psychological issues while the client is in a deep state of focused concentration known as hypnosis. Hypnosis is the slowing down of our brain waves as measured by an Electroencephalogram (EEG).
It is an altered state where the analytical or critical part of our mind is by-passed allowing access to the subconscious mind, our personal memory vault for everything that has happened to us. We go in and out of hypnosis all day long. It is called waking hypnosis. We daydream, drive on auto-pilot, or just zone out, all of which provide us with moments of calmness.
Hypnotherapy is a collaborative process that helps a client to examine a physical or emotional issue, past or present, while in a state of focused attention, thereby facilitating resolution of issues efficiently.
Clinical Hypnotherapy is recognized and used by the medical profession in many countries, including Canada. Dr. Fred Janke of the University of Alberta, Family Medicine Program, together with Clinical Hypnotherapist and teacher, Sherry Hood of the Pacific Institute of Advanced Hypnotherapy, worked with a child who required a painful medical procedure where anesthetic could not be used. Ms. Hood hypnotized the child over the phone and as a result, the child’s experience was devoid of trauma or pain. From 1955 to 1958, the British Medical Association, the Catholic Church and the American Medical Association all approved and recognized the benefits of hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy is used for pain management, anxiety, phobias, depression, stress management, smoking cessation, weight loss, diabetes and more. Being in a state of hypnosis physiologically allows the mind and the body to relax in harmony creating a state of homeostasis or balance. In the movie, Manhattan (1979), Woody Allen's character made the statement , “I don’t get angry, I grow a tumour instead”. Woody's character was correct, as science can now prove that our bodies react to suppressed emotion.
Over-stimulated hormones brought about by unrelenting stressors mean our immune system can become compromised, predisposing us to illness. The menu of our family genetics comes into play and then our body makes a choice in how it will manifest the stress. Meditation can be used to soothe our busy minds, but it is hypnosis that takes us into the basement of deep relaxation and with the assistance of a Clinical Hypnotherapist, opens the door to the vault.
Myths and Misconceptions
“So, are you going to make me quack like a duck?” an acquaintance said laughingly when she heard I graduated as a Clinical Hypnotherapist. “No” I replied “ I’m a Clinical Hypnotherapist, not a stage hypnotist.”
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Nobody can be hypnotized against their will, nor will a client do anything while in a state of hypnosis that they would not normally do. As a Clinical Hypnotherapist, I do not control my clients mind. Clients are in control at all times and can easily choose to stop the therapeutic process at any time they would like to.
Why Choose Hypnotherapy?
Due to the fact that a Clinical Hypnotherapist helps the client directly access the subconscious mind (our personal memory vault) finding the root cause of the problem and resolving can be very efficient.
Clinical Hypnotherapists provide a natural, non-invasive, chemical-free solution to many problems and can often help to supplement traditional treatments. Hypnotherapy is excellent for stress management.
Short-term pain can be managed well with Hypnotherapy (birthing, dental work, minor in-office medical procedures, etc.). Clients who suffer from long term pain, can definitely benefit as they can be taught how to ‘dial down’ the pain to a more tolerable level.
The next time your stress levels become challenging, whether due to illness or work, know that there is an alternative treatment in the form of Hypnotherapy.
For more information on clinical hypnotherapy visit The Piah Group at http://thepiahgroup.com
© Carole Fawcett, RPC, M.H., C. CHt.
Registered Professional Counsellor,
Master Hypnotist, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
Carole Fawcett, is a Registered Professional Counsellor, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, and Freelance Writer. She lives in the beautiful Okanagan Valley in BC with her dog, Chloe. www.amindfulconnection.com 250-550-0316
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