Hypnotherapy can facilitate change by inducing a relaxed and receptive mental state whilst introducing suggestions aimed to facilitate positive changes.

It may include new and constructive ways of thinking about coping with and responding to psychological problems. It is a powerful approach and interacts with a client’s motivation to make changes in a positive direction. It is commonly used for people wanting to quit smoking, can be used for people with anxiety related issues, and also helps a person to deal with issues such as childhood sexual abuse.

What is Clinical Hypnosis?

According to Dr. Michael Yapko, who delivered a workshop on Clinical Hypnosis in Perth in June 2016, Clinical Hypnosis, or Clinical Hypnotherapy, is essentially not a therapy, but a vehicle to introduce you to different possibilities of thinking, feeling, behaving and ‘being’. It is a highly subjective experience, and people differ in their degree of hypnotic responsiveness. You are very much in control during Clinical Hypnosis, and it has a goal-oriented focus in the direction of how you would like to experience your life.

Clinical Hypnosis involves an invitation to selectively focus your attention on any specific aspect of your experience, while still being aware of peripheral activities. It involves becoming absorbed in a different style of thought, different possibilities for responding, and exploring what aspect of experience you are going to engage with, while encouraging you to move in a direction that will be more helpful. Clinical Hypnotherapy is able to provide insight into subjective experience, while introducing you to a range of ways to absorb you in new frames of mind for living well. It encourages differences of perception that will serve you better, while being sensitive to your values and abilities.

Clinical Hypnotherapy is typically integrated with other psychotherapeutic treatments, in actively and collaboratively designing and delivering meaningful therapeutic interventions. There is solid empirical evidence that Clinical Hypnotherapy enhances therapeutic outcomes.

What can Clinical Hypnosis help with?

Clinical Hypnosis does not cure people. It is the new and beneficial associations that you form during hypnosis that can be therapeutic. It encourages and models flexibility in perceptions and self-relations. Clinical Hypnotherapy can enhance your sense of personal control in managing past trauma, self-esteem and interpersonal issues, and some addictions, such as smoking. It can help to build problem-solving skills, manage pain, enhance sleep, and shift unhelpful behaviours that are not serving your physical or psychological well-being. Sophisticated responses such as mood alterations or anxiety reduction in response to suggestion can occur without conscious effort to produce them. It’s this quality called ‘automaticity’ that makes hypnosis so intriguing. Positive responses seem to ‘just happen’.

Hypnosis can also be used to foster skill acquisition. What resources would you like to have more of? Frustration tolerance? Impulse control? Empathy? Clearer boundaries? Playfulness? Creativity? Self-awareness? Self-acceptance? During Clinical Hypnosis, you process information differently. It helps you get absorbed in new possibilities, in different and more comfortable ways of experiencing yourself, in a state of relaxed absorption and focus. It is easier to learn new skills and develop new resources when focused and relaxed, and when your internal dialogue is malleable. You can discover hidden resources and apply them at the times and places they will best serve you, and reinforce your ability to transcend self-limiting perceptions.

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