Most people opt to take part in Hypnotherapy also known as therapy utilizing hypnosis for the treatment of phobias and anxiety disorders. Other uses for the treatment include weight loss and pain management. Despite this, in many cases, hypnotherapy, for the most part, is still considered controversial. This is because its effects are still widely disputed in the medical fields.
Undertaking hypnotherapy for the treatment of phobias is entirely a personal decision. One which should only be undertaken with the guidance of a trained healthcare professional, it is also important to understand the facts behind the hype.
Hypnotherapy – what is it?
The best way to answer this question is first to find out what hypnotherapy is not. Firstly, hypnotherapy is not the same as stage hypnosis. During staged hypnosis shows, performers often look for an audience member who is outgoing and fun. This way they will most likely be able to take part in the show even if they are not fully hypnotized.
Hypnotherapy, on the other hand, makes use of a heightened state of awareness. This hypnotic state allows you to more deeply explore your phobia. During the session, you will be guided by a professional hypnotherapist. You will be able to visualize yourself is a state of complete peacefulness, even during a time when you will be confronting your fears.
One of the most important aspects of a professional hypnotherapy session is that you will always be in control. There is no way that anyone will be able to force you to do anything against your will, even under hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is also not related to being “knocked out.” You will always remember everything that is taking place around you during your hypnotic state. You will also not be asleep.
How can Hypnotherapy Help?
Along with the daily cluttering of our conscious minds, we are bombarded with distractions, this makes focussing on you very difficult. In most cases, these distractions also affect therapy sessions when our mind is overwhelmed by things to do and places to be.
While under hypnosis, you are relaxed, and your mind is quiet which allowed you the time to focus on deeper issues. When you are calmer, you are more likely to face your fears or phobias. During a hypnotherapy session, you will be reassured with gentle terms which may include “you are safe”. During your sessions, you may also be taught cognitive-behavioural coping skills which you may use when confronting your fears.
Finding a Hypnotherapist
You can inquire about a hypnotherapist from your mental health practitioner, either they may be equipped with the tools to help you or they may know a trusted professional who will be able to assist you. Another alternative to finding a practitioner is to ask those around you if they know of someone who can help.
Is Hypnotherapy for me?
This question can only be answered by your mental health practitioner. Always be sure to check that your session is covered by your health insurance company.