n Attempt to Define Hypnosis
There is no one clear definition of hypnotherapy. Scholars have grappled with the phenomena for centuries. The complexities of hypnosis produce this dilemma as the scores of variables ranging from personality, neuroscience, genetics and social psychology all have an input which influences the outcome.
However as Dr. Michael Yapko undoubtedly one of the world’s leading researchers into hypnosis succinctly suggests that we should be focussing on what hypnosis can do to help the person rather than trying to label and place it neatly into a box.
Neuroscience over recent years has demonstrated that the hypnotized brain functions differently and modest areas of research have emerged, particularly in the wake of establishing “empirically supported treatments”. The Australian Psychological Society now recognizes Hypnotherapy as an adjunct to treatment and can help speed up the healing process.
hat Hypnotherapy is not!
Hypnotherapy is not relaxation. You may feel calmer or refresh but the intent is not just to relax. The process involves the skilled use of language and rapport on the part of the practitioner in order for any cognitive changes to take place. Hypnotherapy is not mindfulness either although mindfulness and relaxation have similarities, there are just as many differences with hypnosis.
Hypnosis has been demonstrated to be effective in many areas of discomfort, but perhaps the most researched area is the pain where it is undoubtedly effective. Other areas include anxiety depression and smoking cessation. I suggest that if you are interested in hypnotherapy as a treatment explore credible websites such as https://yapko.com/about-clinical-hypnosis/ I refer to Dr. Yapko as I am fortunate to have undertaken training with him. So please call if you wish to discuss hypnotherapy as an option.