How Does a Hypnotherapy Session Work?
Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud believed that repressed memories and desires can bring all kinds of trouble in a person's mind. Consequently, we are developing stigmas, phobias, aversions, or in severe cases, mental health disorders. He felt that therapy sessions might reveal the unconscious defects and repair the human psyche. Many therapists have been trying to provoke their patient's repressed memories to heal disorders, but perhaps none are as mysterious or powerful as hypnotherapy.
By using techniques of hypnosis, therapists are often able to push through the mental blocks to guide memory recall, and then separate the ideas from the learned behaviour, leaving more negative associations behind.
During a hypnotherapy visit, patients will provide answers about their medical history and the condition they would like to treat.
Next, the hypnotherapist will discuss how stage hypnosis works. The patient will be asked to lie down and be guided through relaxation techniques, sometimes using music or a series of hypnosis techniques. Often a story is told and the wording of the story will help the patient fall into a trance state. In this condition, the patient receives a post hypnotic suggestion to help alleviate his or her condition.
Most sessions last about an hour and adult patients see a remarkable improvement in 4 to 10 visits, children in only 1 or 2 sessions. In some cases, patients receive information on self-hypnosis or tapes to use at home to help recovery.
Hypnosis therapy treats a wide range of mental or physical ailments. Recently, scientists have discovered that the mind plays an important role in managing pain, especially for patients with cancer or who have undergone surgery. Studies show that hypnosis meditation can reduce the need for medications and shortens recovery time. Thinking negative thoughts can lead to stress, which has strong consequences for the body. It can interfere with the menstrual cycle of women, create a cold sore, make a person catch a cold, sleep disorders, production of ulcers, hair loss, exacerbation of psoriasis, lead to heart disease and contribute to obesity.
Today, hypnosis sessions can be used to treat obesity, asthma, anxiety, pain, sleep walking, thumb sucking, nail biting, smoking, inflammatory bowel disease, insomnia, addiction, warts, bed wetting, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, eczema, psoriasis, acne, headaches, stress, tinnitus, pain, cancer, obesity, anorexia, bulimia, gastrointestinal disorders, phobias, depression and pain during childbirth. For hypnotherapy training, most people obtain a doctorate degree in medicine or psychology.
Others get a master's in social work, psychology or therapy and have at least 20 hours of Asch-approved hypnotherapy training. Six to eight week courses provide licenses to mental health professionals as well.
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