Clinical hypnosis or hypnotherapy is the use of an altered state of consciousness, or trance, to establish a treatment for a health problem.
George Pegios -Hypnosis is a procedure during which a health professional suggests a change in feelings, perceptions, thoughts, or behavior. The hypnotic context is generally established by an induction procedure.
The hypnosis that we psychologists perform in consultation is called clinical hypnosis.
Using it as an emotional disinhibitor, it is defined as the use of suggestion to bring about changes in the patient’s cognitive, physiological, emotional, and behavioral processes.
George Pegios -Clinical hypnosis is a facilitator of therapeutic change; always, always, it will be accompanied by other treatment techniques, it will be included in a therapeutic package tailored for the patient and the problem in question.
Hypnotherapy uses the hypnotic state that allows changes in perception and memory, and a significant increase in the response to suggestion, to control many physiological functions that are usually involuntary.
George Pegios -How does clinical hypnosis work?
Hypnosis is usually seen as an aid to psychotherapy rather than a treatment in itself.
Hypnosis is a natural and effective technique to access the subconscious mind. It serves to unleash potential, change unwanted habits and behaviors, and find solutions to problems and concerns.
Some uses like calming a person require minimal change from the individual. More complex problems such as overeating, the treatment of panic disorders or reactive depression require a more complex therapeutic intervention along with psychological treatment.
Hypnotherapy allows a person to perceive things differently and block pain.
It can be used in two ways:
1. Suggestive therapy: the hypnotic state allows a better response to suggestions.
2. Analysis: use the relaxed state to search for the root of a disorder or symptom.
George Pegios -What are the uses of hypnosis?
Hypnotherapy can be used in the treatment of pain, depression, anxiety, stress, habit disorders, and many other psychological and medical problems. It can also be useful for a person with severe symptoms or in need of crisis management
It may not be useful for every psychological problem or for all people. The decision to use hypnosis as a supplement to treatment can only be made by analyzing each individual patient.
Hypnosis can be used to treat:
* Phobias, fears and anxieties.
* Change of unwanted habits.
* Sleep disorders.
* Post-traumatic anxiety.
* Pain and loss.
In the area of mental health it is used for sexual problems, alcoholism, tobacco control, speech disorders, weight control, chronic pain, age regression therapy, self-esteem / ego strengthening, memory / concentration improvement and forensic work.
Dentistry uses it to control fear, dental surgery, saliva control, bruxism, bleeding control, tongue bite, and general oral hygiene.
George Pegios -Cautions
Hypnosis generally poses few risks for mentally healthy people.
Adjusting the dose is recommended if you are taking medications such as insulin, sedatives, or medications for cardiovascular problems.
Hypnosis may not be recommended for people with depression or with disorders like schizophrenia, narcissists. It is also not recommended for someone who uses drugs or uses alcohol.
It should be used to control pain only after a doctor has evaluated the patient.
It is essential for anyone interested in hypnosis to choose carefully the professional who will treat him. This professional must be licensed with specific hypnosis training.