Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that is used to create subconscious changes in the form of new responses, thoughts, behaviours, feelings and attitudes. It is undertaken whilst you are in hypnosis. Hypnosis as a therapeutic technique to give specific suggestions based on the removal of unwanted thoughts, behaviours and feelings. But….have no fear! Hypnosis is a natural everyday phenomenon used to communicate with the unconscious and update it so that your own resources can be utilised to solve any problems you may have.
Definition from The clinical hypnosis textbook by Ursula James.
What Conditions Can it Help?
Are you terrified of spiders? Would you like to feel more confident? Do you suffer from stress? Or do you want to give up smoking? Hypnosis is a safe and simple way to treat a wide range of common ailments, conquer phobias and overcome addictions.
Can it help me?
Below is a list of conditions that hypnotherapy can help treat.
Agoraphobia: An unexplained fear of open spaces.
Hypnosis can help with: Reducing fear, breaking the habitual responses to specific triggers, improving your ability to deal with stress.
Alcohol: Excessive drinking or binge drinking (not alcohol dependency).
Hypnosis can help with: Taking control of your habits, improving your confidence.
Anorexia: The uncontrolled lack or loss of the appetite for food. Anorexia Nervosa has been described as an eating disorder characterised by a misperception of body image. Individuals with anorexia nervosa often believe they are overweight even when they are grossly underweight.
Hypnosis can help with: Body dysmorphia, confidence, feelings of dissociation, reconditioning your body to eat and maintain a healthy weight.
Anxiety: It is a word that has a wide-ranging description, but technically it is the unpleasant emotional state consisting of unwanted physical and mental responses to an anticipation of unreal or imagined danger.
Hypnosis can help with: Eliminating/reducing the anxiety by improving your ability to deal with stress; coping better with the triggers; working through any past event (if the anxiety was caused by a specific event or series of events).
Arachnophobia: Fear of spiders. See Phobias.
Arthritis: An inflammatory condition that affects joints.
Hypnosis can help with: Improved mobility, sleep, reducing triggers.
Assertiveness: You may feel you are having difficulty standing up for yourself, being confident, direct and claiming your right or putting forward your views.
Hypnosis can help with: Confidence, dealing with specific situations, creating a new and more appropriate way of feeling, thinking and behaving.
Asthma: A disease process that is characterised by paradoxical narrowing of the bronchi (lung passageways) making breathing difficult. Symptoms include wheezing, difficulty breathing and tightness in the chest.
Hypnosis can help with: Relaxation, reducing the stress response, improving tolerance to allergens, as well as visualisation exercises to reduce the frequency and duration of attacks.
Bed-wetting: Technically known as 'Nocturnal Enuresis', it is the involuntary passage of urine at night-time.
Hypnosis can help with: Reducing anxiety, improving confidence, increasing bladder control and visualisation exercises to build appropriate habits.
Blushing: 'Erythrophobia'. (Erythro- is used to denote reddening, associated with red blood cells) Involuntary reddening, especially of the face, associated with feelings of embarrassment, confusion or shame. It can be the fear of blushing that is the problem.
Hypnosis can help with: Reducing or removing the blushing response, improving confidence in trigger situations, enhancing assertiveness.
Bruxism: Compulsive grinding or clenching of the teeth especially at night.
Hypnosis can help with: Reducing/removing the inappropriate response. Eliminating the habitual ‘clench’ response. Helping the individual deal with any stress or anger issues more appropriately.
Bulimia: An eating disorder which is characterised by self-induced vomiting after eating.
Hypnosis can help with: Getting the behaviour back under conscious control. Breaking the cycle between trigger and response. Reducing the severity of associated stress. Improving self-image and increasing confidence. Disconnecting any association with weight and self worth.
Childbirth: The event of giving birth.
Hypnosis can help with: Pain control, relaxation and confidence in your body. Positive visualisations are taught so you feel in control throughout your labour. Self-hypnosis can also be taught.
Compulsive behaviour: The behaviour of performing an act persistently and repetitively without it leading to reward or pleasure. The act is usually a small, circumscribed behaviour, almost ritualistic, yet not pathologically disturbing. Examples include twirling of hair, checking something constantly, straightening tilted pictures, etc.
Hypnosis can help with: Getting the behaviour back under conscious control. Breaking the cycle between trigger and response. Gaining confidence and reducing the severity of associated stress.
Confidence, and the lack of it: Confidence can wane for a number of reasons. Tiredness, feeling overwhelmed, personal history, illness or even simply being discouraged by other people.
Hypnosis can help with: Strengthening and increasing your confidence states, protecting you from negative influences, assertiveness.
Dentist fears: Dentist-phobia' leads to dental problems associated with lack of dental hygiene and dental maintenance.
Hypnosis can help with: Reducing anxiety, removing ‘bad associations’, relaxation techniques.
Depression: A mental state of depressed mood characterised by feelings of sadness, despair and discouragement. Depression ranges from normal feelings of the blues through to major depression. There are often feelings of low self-esteem, guilt and self-reproach, withdrawal from interpersonal contact and eating and sleep disturbances.
Hypnosis can help with: Helping to address the underlying cause as well as help individuals find much more effective coping behaviours. It can also help people achieve a happier mood and decrease or dispel the pessimistic and negative thoughts that generally accompany depression. Hypnotherapy can help replace old thinking patterns with more useful ones.
Driving test fears: Hypnotherapy is perfect to help you stay calm and focused during your driving test.
Hypnosis can help with: Focus, calmness, confidence and motivation.
Eczema: Eczema is the name for a group of skin conditions that cause dry, irritated skin. Other types of eczema include: Atopic eczema (atopic dermatitis) is the most common form of eczema, a condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked.
Hypnosis can help with: Reducing the inflammation, taking control of the ‘itch/scratch/itch’ cycle. Calming the skin by improving the individual’s ability to deal with stress. Improving self-confidence and encouraging the skin’s natural growth cycle.
Emetophobia: Fear of vomiting. See Phobias.
Emotional difficulties: Many emotional difficulties can be relieved by hypnotherapy either by enabling one to cope better with those emotions or by finding different, more appropriate emotions to replace those that are causing difficulty.
Hypnosis can help with: Confidence, motivation and coping with the situations, moods and people who trigger the difficulties. Hypnosis is particularly effective to create positive strategies and emotions to be able to work through the problem.
Exam nerves: Hypnotherapy is excellent for those who suffer with anxiety before examinations.
Hypnosis can help with: Focus, confidence and motivation.
Fear of buttons: Koumpounophobia. See Phobias.
Fear of Dogs: Cynophobia. See Phobias.
Fear of flying: Hypnotherapy can help in the short term, to enable the sufferer to take an upcoming flight, or in the long term, to dissolve the phobia completely.
Hypnosis can help with: Removing the phobic response completely and creating a positive template for future flights, so the individual will feel completely safe and confident.
Fear of Germs: Mysophobia. See Phobias.
Fear of Snakes: Ophidiophobia. See Phobias.
Fear of Spiders: Arachnophobia. See Phobias.
Fear of Thunder: Astraphobia. See Phobias.
Fear of Vomiting: Emetophobia. See Phobias.
Fertility: Ability to conceive.
Hypnosis can help with: Enhancing a fertile state, dealing with any fears or anxieties about pregnancy, working through any past related issues, such as miscarriage or abortion, etc.
Headaches: Headaches come in many forms, and those related to anxiety and stress are particularly amenable to hypnotherapeutic intervention.
Hypnosis can help with: Reducing stress based triggers, controlling the pain, creating better ways of dealing with tension.
IBS: A functional bowel disorder characterised by recurrent cramp-like abdominal pain and diarrhoea. There is some feeling that IBS is primarily anxiety-based in origin, and it is known to respond well to hypnotherapy. The effective use of hypnotherapy to treat IBS is well documented.
Hypnosis can help with: Reducing stress responses, stimulating healthy bowel movements, dealing with initiating events (if appropriate). Confidence building is always included in the treatment, as is learning how to do self-hypnosis to reinforce the sessions.
Impotence: Impotence is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection.
Hypnosis can help with: Confidence, achieving and maintaining erection, positive mental rehearsal. It can also help deal with any initiating event and improve future performance.
Interpersonal skills: The ability to interact easily and efficiently with others can be important to some people. Self-confidence issues can prevent this, and hypnotherapy can help individuals to find their inner-confidence and overcome their fears of interpersonal interaction.
Hypnosis can help with: General confidence building, creative visualizations for specific situations, reducing fears and anxieties based on past experiences. It can be very effective.
Interview preparation: For those who feel they get unduly nervous before an interview, hypnotherapy can be used to great effect to bring out the confidence and strengths that are present in other situations you encounter.
Hypnosis can help with: Relaxation techniques can be taught so that you can stay calm in the situation, and remain focused. This can then be used to build a habit of confidence.
Lack of concentration: The ability to concentrate depends on the ability to focus on one thing and ignore distractions. By addressing the causes of the lack of concentration, individuals can discover the ability to focus intensely, with the advantage that this brings of greater retention and more efficient learning.
Hypnosis can help with: Reduce stress, focus on your goal, maintain concentration, and improve confidence for the future.
Lack of confidence: Whether the problem relates to one specific event, or is general, hypnotherapy can help you.
Hypnosis can help with: Reconnecting with your ‘confident self’, reducing stress and anxiety responses, creating new patterns and habits of acting and being confident.
Low self-esteem: Low self-esteem can be the result of a lifetime of events or from a single trauma. Either way, it can be debilitating.
Hypnosis can help with: Reprogramming your thoughts and behaviours to give you feelings of self-respect and confidence. Confidence building and gaining a sense of perspective over past events may also be used.
Menopause: Menopause is a stage in life when a woman stops having her monthly period. By definition, a woman is menopausal after her periods have stopped for one year. Menopause typically occurs in a woman's late forties to early fifties. It is a normal part of ageing, marking the end of a woman's reproductive years. Women who have their ovaries surgically removed undergo "sudden" menopause.
Hypnosis can help with: Stress, poor quality sleep, hot flushes and lack of confidence can all be reduced using hypnosis. Increasing confidence, improving relaxation and reconnecting with unconscious processes to regulate temperature, reduce stress and improve the quality of sleep.
Motivation, and the lack of it: Hypnosis is excellent for motivation.
Mysophobia: Fear of germs. See Phobias.
Nail-biting: This is a common form of habitual body manipulation which is an expression of tension. It can often be successfully treated in just one session.
Hypnosis can help with: Taking back conscious control over the habit, and reducing any stress or anxiety which might cause it to re-occur.
Needle phobia: Trypanophobia (fear of injections). See Phobias.
Nightmares: In simple terms, frightful or oppressive dreams, from which one wakes after extreme anxiety, in a troubled state of mind. Peaceful sleep can be achieved through hypnotherapeutic intervention.
Hypnosis can help with: Dealing with any cause to the nightmare, such as a traumatic event, or grief, or even disturbed sleep patterns as a result of being the parent of a newborn. Hypnosis also works on relaxation and creating new patterns of behaviour. Self-hypnosis can also be taught to get back to sleep after the nightmare.
Ophidiophobia: Fear of snakes. See Phobias.
Over-eating: Whether for weight control or to stop binging, hypnotherapy is widely accepted as an excellent therapy to help control the diet and to start to eat more healthily.
Hypnosis can help with: Re-programming the brain to recognize when you are full, re-booting the system to eat healthy nutritious food and take appropriate exercise, and deal with any emotional or situation based triggers for the over-eating.
Pain control: Hypnosis is excellent for the pain associated with arthritis, phantom limb pain and for anaesthesia in many predictably painful situations (e.g. for dental work). The use of hypnosis in childbirth is becoming much more widespread.
Hypnosis can help with: Training in various techniques to manipulate pain: including distraction, symptom manipulation (moving the pain or altering its effect), symptom alteration (including creating numbness or coldness), and time distortion. Hypnosis is also used for physical relaxation to reduce tiredness and muscular shielding.
Panic disorders: Symptoms of a panic attack usually begin abruptly and include rapid heartbeat, chest sensations, shortness of breath, dizziness, tingling, and anxiety. Hypnotherapy can help identify the root cause of the anxiety and can provide tools to be used to stop a panic attack. Just knowing that you will be able to handle an attack when it happens, can greatly reduce the impact of the event.
Hypnosis can help with: Reducing stress, breaking the conditioned response to perceived stressful situations, and controlling your unconscious processes. It can reprogramme your mind to respond appropriately.
Performance anxiety: Many people experience acute anxiety before they have to 'perform', whether it is on a stage, a sports field, in front of an audience, or even in bed.Investigation via hypnotherapy can lead to resolution and dissolution of the problem.
Hypnosis can help with: Reduce anxiety first and foremost, and create a positive future template instead of predicting anxiety, you will start to predict excitement, and success.
Phobias: A phobia is an irrational fear or anxiety. Hypnotherapy has long been used as an effective tool to reduce and often eliminate the fear.
Hypnosis can help with: Being calm in the phobic situation. Reducing fear and anxiety generally. Developing feelings of control.
Post-operative recovery: The more control you have over how you feel after an operation will often be a factor in how quickly and effectively you recover.
Hypnosis can help with: Recovery from an operation can be hastened, scarring and bruising reduced, and pain and discomfort relieved.
Pregnancy: Once conception occurs many changes both physical, psychological and emotional happen, and it can potentially be a stressful time as a result of these events.
Hypnosis can help with: coping better with the changes occurring in your body, and to set up a way of communicating with your unborn child. It can also help you relax and to deal with unwanted side-effects, such as nausea or sleep problems.
Pre-operative fears: It is natural to become nervous before any significant event, but when this leads to avoidance, and that avoidance is harmful, it is essential to deal with this before it becomes physically damaging.
Hypnosis can help with: Focusing on the relaxation and mental focus. Confidence and calmness required to deal with the situation.
Psoriasis: It is characterised clinically by the presence of rounded, circumscribed, erythematous, dry scaling patches of various sizes, covered by greyish white or silvery white, umbilicated and lamellar scales. Like all skin conditions, if there is no organic cause, then stress-related factors are the likely culprit, and hypnotherapy can produce relief from symptoms.
Hypnosis can help with: Reducing hypersensitivity to stress and external allergens. Slowing down the skin growth cycle. Improving confidence and enhancing the health auto-immune response.
Relationships: If you are having a problem with your partner, the first thing you can change is yourself. When you change your attitude to who you are, and what you deserve from the relationship – you can help that relationship to change.
Hypnosis can help with: Confidence, understanding yourself better, motivation, changing behaviour patterns, and understanding your partner more effectively.
Sleeping problems: Insomnia, early waking, disturbed sleep, snoring... when you are asleep your unconscious mind is still at work looking after you, and it can take care of many of the things that bother us - if only we could access it more directly. With hypnotherapy, we can do just that.
Hypnosis can help with: Relaxation, getting to sleep, getting back to sleep, and getting more benefit from the sleep you do get. Hypnosis is also used to work with any stress based triggers which may have created the sleep problem.
Smoking: Perhaps the most widely known and accepted use of hypnotherapy is to help stop smoking. It is effective, there are no negative side-effects (there are many positive ones) and it is a one session treatment. All that is required is the motivation to become a non-smoker.
Hypnosis can help with: Stopping smoking, and making sure that you do not trick yourself into smoking ever again. Suggestions to make sure that you deal with stress better, and do not replace the cigarettes with food or anything else, as well as motivation to improve general health and wellbeing are also made.
Snoring: The act of respiring through the open mouth so that the currents of inspired and expired air cause a vibration of the uvula and soft palate, thus giving rise to a sound more or less harsh. Once any suggestion of an organic condition has been ruled out by a doctor, hypnotherapy can be utilised to help the sufferer to find their own way of sleeping peacefully and quietly. Or, if the sufferer is not the snorer, but the snorer's partner, then it is the partner who can be helped - by learning to appreciate and enjoy the deep relaxation that the snorer is demonstrating.
Hypnosis can help with: The snorer, to increase awareness of the positions in which they snore, so they will move out of that position and into a neutral position. Sometimes hypnosis is used to improve ways of dealing with stress, as smoking, weight problems and alcohol make the snoring worse. The snorer’s partner, to help them relax and no longer be bothered by the snoring.
Social Phobia: Shyness and anxiety in social situations. See Phobias.
Speech impediments: Stammering, stuttering, mumbling... many such conditions can be aided by behavioural training whilst in hypnosis.
Hypnosis can help with: Reducing/eliminating the impediment using ‘eye-access’ methods.
Stress: A mentally or emotionally disruptive or upsetting condition occurring in response to adverse external influences and capable of affecting physical health, usually characterized by increased heart rate, a rise in blood pressure, muscular tension, irritability, and, potentially, depression.
Hypnosis can help with: Decreasing the stress response, improving your ability to relax, breaking maladaptive patterns and creating new, positive ways of responding to potentially stressful situations.
Tics: Spasmodic muscular contractions most commonly involving the face, mouth, eyes, head, neck or shoulder muscles. The movement often appears purposeful but is involuntary. As such activity is often exacerbated by stress, great relief can be achieved when the stress can be dealt with in an appropriate fashion.
Hypnosis can help with: Reducing/eliminating the tic. Improving confidence and enhancing the coping strategies for dealing with stress or anxiety. Increasing self-esteem. A ‘self-advertisement’ method is sometimes used.
Trichotillomania: Recurrent pulling out of one's hair resulting in noticeable hair loss (often followed by swallowing the hair). It is officially classified as an impulse control disorder.
Hypnosis can help with: Getting conscious control, breaking the habitual responses to specific triggers, improving your ability to deal with stress and generally become more relaxed.
Weight control: After 'stop smoking' treatments, this is perhaps the most well known use of hypnotherapy. You can achieve the weight that you desire - you already know how to do it. Hypnotherapy can help you to bring out the strengths and resources within you to make it happen and, more importantly, to adjust to the new life that you will have, so that you maintain it.
Hypnosis can help with: Aversion to specific food types. Creating good eating habits. Increasing motivation to exercise. Improving self-esteem and dealing with emotional (comfort) eating. Also breaking the binge/purge cycle where appropriate.
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