What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy can be defined as a combination of clinical hypnosis and therapeutic intervention.
How does hypnotherapy work?
The hypnotherapist puts the person who is suffering from mental disorders / imbalances into deep hypnotic relaxation. When the person (patient) is in a state of heightened suggestibility, the hypnotherapist gives appropriate ‘word’ suggestions aimed at removing or curtailing the impact of the causative stimuli that produced the malady. As a result, hypnotherapy restores normalcy, peace, tranquility and health in the person.
Application of hypnotherapy
Through proven therapeutic procedures, hypnosis can effectively be applied to:
Remove old emotional wounds that persistently haunt persons
Control chronic pains
Correct dysfunctional behaviors like self-destructive habits and thoughts
Side effects of certain medical treatments
Lack of concentration and withering attention
Stress management and anger management
Other psycho-somatic disturbances.
Qualities of a good and proven hypnotherapist
He must be physically fit with normal health and must not have any pomp and show.
He should have keen interest in the welfare of people and must be honest in thoughts and deeds.
He must be well-versed in physiology of human nervous system.
He should possess thorough knowledge to analyze situations and contexts and determine the causes of afflictions of the patient.
He must be able to induct hypnosis in patients using the most effective methods as the situation demands, using methods that suit patients
He should possess expertise for counseling and hypno-analysis.
He should prepare clients (patients) to enter hypnotic state by explaining what the client will experience and convincing them to undergo hypnosis.
Client’s Role in hypnotherapy
There is a moral responsibility on patients who opt for hypnotherapy. Before people subject themselves to hypnotherapy they must learn as much about clinical hypnosis and the competence of the hypnotherapist as is necessary for comfort, trust and rapport which are key ingredients. For this the therapists should be open and free to answer queries about qualifications, expertise, and methods used. A qualified hypnotherapist shall not undertake the use of hypnosis without interacting with the patients to know their level of understanding of the process. Such interactions, give patients opportunity to have their questions answered and to develop rapport with the therapist. It also helps the therapist to understand patient’s expectations. These will enhance the possibility of successful treatment.
Inadequate competence in hypnotherapy can be of risk to patients. Inadequately trained therapists can cause harm and distort the normally pleasant experience of hypnotherapy. An unscrupulous practitioner who may be inadequately trained and may have some hidden agenda can also create havoc. Here lies the importance of carefully choosing
a competent therapist by the patients.
The hypnotherapist should ensure that the patient is accompanied by a witness. The witness can be a relative of the patient, a well wisher/intimate friend etc of the patient. They must be aware of the problems of the patient and must be interested to help the patient through and by hypnosis. The hypnotherapist, after preliminary examination of the
patient and after confirming that the patient needs hypnotherapy, should get a written declaration in prescribed format that includes a statement by the patient that she/he undergoes the hypnotic state with her/his will and decision. It should include the name, date of birth, address, phone numbers, date of attendance, name and address of witness,
patient’s relation with witness etc. The declaration should have authenticated signatures of patient and the witness. It should be specifically stated in the declaration that the therapist is only to help the patient to come back to normalcy and that the therapist shall not be responsible if the suggestive therapy did not succeed in totally curing the malady.
Two or three follow-ups may be advisable. When trying to eradicate unwanted habits, it is a good practice to revisit the therapist, after taking a prior appointment to report progress and if necessary, to reinforce progress through hypno-suggestions.
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