What is clinical hypnosis? There is some degree of confusion between what is clinical hypnosis as opposed to other forms of hypnosis or hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is simply a state of mind – similar to daydreaming or deep absorption. Hypnotherapy uses methods to create that state of mind in a person with a view to using it therapeutically – for instance, by making positive suggestions based on what a client has defined as their desired therapeutic outcome. Clinical hypnosis, or clinical hypnotherapy, is therapeutically oriented – as opposed to hypnosis which may be used for stage shows, etc.
Clinical hypnosis can be used to help people with a range of issues including weight loss, anxiety and phobias. Clinical hypnosis can also help with a range of conditions which are more usually the preserve of medical doctors – including IBS, chronic illness and pain management. Hypnotherapy can help with these types of conditions by helping with self-esteem and positive perspectives, creating change at a cellular level and providing people with highly effective management tolls. As hypnotherapists, we don’t look at the condition – we look at the person as a whole.
There is a strong connection between our thoughts and emotions and our physical health. We know that stress can lead to and exacerbate hypertension and heart disease, and it is also strongly linked with IBS. There are many other conditions, such as fibromyalgia, which have a strong link with previous life trauma. Clinical hypnosis not only focuses on the present but may also involve looking at and resolving past trauma in order to help people move forward.
Our Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy covers all aspects of clinical hypnosis and we have a range of CPD hypnotherapy courses which cover the application of hypnotherapy to a range of medical conditions.