If you speak to the majority of my clients that have experienced hypnosis within my sessions the answer would be a resounding
Even clients who have thought during the session that the hypnosis element was a total waste of time, have the following week(s) contacted me to state how many changes they keep noticing.
The funny thing is, I am bound to say this. I do back up these statements with the occasional testimonial/review from clients, and now I shall do similarly with a little science. I'm a scientist and an evidence-based practitioner so it makes perfect sense for me to demonstrate that.
The British Psychological Society
Hypnosis is a valid subject for scientific study and research and a proven therapeutic medium.
The use of the word 'proven' is an unusual one as many people debate the notion that anything can be proven - only that it can be demonstrated to be effective at that particular time, and place.
In a balanced review of the literature, the BPS explore hypnosis and discuss what it has shown to be effective in, and what it has not.
What they declare hypnotic interventions are effective for include:
I have been successfully using hypnosis to help people with chronic pain, stress, anxiety, and IBS for the past two years and love seeing the relief in the clients' faces when they experience relief for the first time in a long time.
The BPS also state that it's likely that both children and adults can benefit from hypnotherapeutic interventions.
This is a 2001 article from the BPS and hypnosis has come on leaps and bounds since then.
The American Psychological Association
In this 2011 article the author talks about how stage and tv hypnotists have damaged the reputation of the professional hypnotherapist. I do think to some extent this is true, and as a psychologist I do find myself defending the method to my clients, explaining what hypnosis is, and what it is not.
The article discusses how hypnosis can be used to help cancer patients recover post-operatively by experiencing less pain, nausea, fatigue, and discomfort, requiring less analgesia (pain relief). There was a net financial saving post-operatively compared to those who did not undergo the brief pre-operative hypnotic intervention.
Whilst the evidence for the treatment of pain, anxiety, etc is strong, the article discusses how the evidence for smoking is not quite so strong. I suspect this is due to the nature of the beast - smokers sometimes like smoking. The smokers I accept into my clinic room prove to me that they are determined to succeed - that they really want to become non-smokers. I do not see many for stop-smoking work yet when I do they are successful.
Hypnosis Can Resolve Issues Faster
A study (originating from 1970) published in the American Health Magazine in 2006 found that people tend to deem hypnosis as a last resort for changing habits, resolving anxieties, stopping smoking, etc. Yet the study demonstrated that people experience a 38% recovery after 600 sessions of psychoanalysis (the freudian approach to psychotherapy that often involves 2-3 sessions per week - an expensive luxury). People tend to experience a 72% recovery following 22 sessions of behaviour therapy. And people tend to experience a 93% recovery after just 6 sessions of hypnotherapy. This is quite staggering.
As a psychologist trained in various behavioural therapies, hypnotherapy, and solution-focused therapies, I tend to bespoke my approach to the client and as the hypnotherapy component can occasionally last just 10-15 minutes, I combine behavioural therapies into sessions and increase efficacy significantly. Some extremely serious conditions have been resolved in just 2-3 sessions. There are some people with whom issues take longer to resolve - yet it is not uncommon for 6 sessions to be the most someone would need.
To back this up, the Washington Post reported on a German Meta-Analysis of 444 studies concluding a 64% success rate for hypnotherapy with Anxiety, Stress, and Chronic Pain.
Hypnotherapy is an effective therapeutic tool to help people recover from a wide array of issues, including chronic pain, IBS, anxiety, stress, and many other issues. The key is to choose a good hypnotherapist or therapist - one that you know will help you on the recovery journey.
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Emotional Detox - Weed that Seed
The origins of this powerful hypnosis session, that you can download and start using today, came about through a client who had a very 'sticky' issue. One that we were struggling to budge. I love having real breakthrough sessions with my clients and I was feeling a little defeated. That was until I was in the taxi on my way to my clinic and the idea popped into my head!
This particular client had had an idea planted into their mind by a professional, and despite being able to rationalise that the idea was nonsense, it was still pervasive - it really stuck in their mind! This led to anxiety, panic, and severe fear. We identified the 'seed' that had been planted and we were struggling to remove that seed of doubt.
With this powerful hypnosis session I guided the client through the process of identifying where that seed was, how that seed was spread throughout the body creating those feelings of anxiety and panic, and then we moved onto removing that seed. It was truly a breakthrough session.
Since that day I have used a variation of that process with numerous clients, all with amazing effect. They have all returned the following week with glowing feedback of how much of a breakthrough they have had during that week. I have also given the process to some friends who have had the same result.
With this powerful recorded hypnosis session I have adapted it for the purpose of the recording, and have tested it with friends. I believe that you can have an enjoyable, transformational, journey by listening to this session, and engaging with the entire process. You may notice you get the most benefit from listening to this session 3-5 times a week for at least 2 weeks. Although, maybe you'll notice instant changes as your mind starts processing the idea of change from the first time you listen and engage with this session.
All of the above are life-limiting conditions. Not in the sense that they shorten life, but in the sense that they diminish the quality of life to such a degree that people stop living.
They're all in the mind?
There are some who believe that Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia are psychological conditions, as they are often diagnosis by elimination. This can be quite hurtful to those experiencing the conditions as they do impact lives severely and the experience is very real.
There are now theories that fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue are the result of a form of trauma on the body, either an illness or some other event, where the body starts to shut down to protect itself from further harm.
Pain - is it real? Why do we have it?
Is pain a real thing? In a way yes, in a way, no. Pain is an interpretation of a signal from our body. It has a purpose on occasions when we are injured to send a warning to the brain that action needs to be taken to prevent further injury or death.
Where it comes to chronic conditions such as chronic pain, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia, the pain is neither useful nor necessary for survival. Therefore there are psychological components as the brain is misinterpreting signals to give warnings that are unnecessary.
Can anything help?
I have now been using a blend of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy to help people with Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic pain to get relief for over 2 years. These can be challenging issues to work with, yet when you see someone regaining their life the levels of satisfaction are huge!
Working on issues like these requires a team effort. Some will insist on a multi-disciplinary team, with nurses, medications, psychologists, physiotherapists, etc. I think these are beneficial, although the evidence for the effectiveness of medications is poor.
As a private psychologist my services are often covered by major insurance companies. I work with you to help you resume your life - life has been paused for too long with many of these conditions. It is a joint effort. I bespoke my methods to fit your needs in any session and use a pragmatic approach.
You can recover from these conditions. You can still live a life with these conditions. If you want to make changes today and start moving forward, make an appointment today.
I'm a doctor of psychology, born in Guernsey, educated at a tertiary level in Bristol, Bath, and London. Having worked and trained with some of the leading Health Psychologists in the UK, and having a passion about how Health Psychology can truly benefit many people, I now want to spread the word, as well as offer consultations to people wanting to make changes in their lives.