Can Hypnotherapy Really Help Me With Mental Health?

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Hypnosis | 0 comments

Common Mental Health Issues Addressed by Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis is a form a sustained, focused concentration that allows someone to process information differently than they would in a fully awake state. Hypnosis can help those who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression. Many successful, famous people such as Sir Winston Churchill, Julia Roberts, Tiger Woods have reported great success with hypnotherapy.

How does hypnosis help those with mental illnesses?

A hypnotherapy method is to use hypnosis with guided imagery. For a PTSD patient, A therapist might use the image or concept of a movie screen to help he/she visualize a movie screen where they can project their anxiety and memories onto their mental movie screen. The therapist will help the patient counter unpleasant memories by working with them to create pleasant thoughts or images to project onto their screen. They can use this strategy outside of therapy sessions whenever a panic or anxiety attack occurs.  

With depression, hypnotherapy seeks to get a patient into a state of deep relaxation where they can discuss feelings and emotion without raising stress levels. Hypnotherapy can reduce or help control feelings of anxiety and identify behaviors that are making depression or anxiety worse such as nicotine, drug, and alcohol use.

Hypnotherapy can help anxiety by addressing physical strain, sleeping problems, and phobias. As an anxious person, you may find it difficult to believe that you can relax enough for hypnosis to be effective but your subconscious and conscious mind are always listening and present. If you consciously want to be helped, you will be. If you don’t believe in hypnotherapy, you won’t receive the benefits from it. In 2011, Swedish researchers used high-resolution eye-tracking methodology and presented a set of scientifically confirmed eye-tracking tasks that trigger automatic eye behavior. Results showed that the glazed stare had measurable changes in automatic, reflexive eye behavior that could not be imitated by non-hypnotized participants.

Hypnosis isn’t about mind control. It’s about you and your therapist working together to change feelings and beliefs that preventing you from living your best life.

What are benefits/what can you expect from hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy helps treat mental illnesses by entering the subconscious mind, instead of just treating symptoms of the conscious mind. Clinical hypnotherapy seeks to resolve the unfinished business of the mind by going down to the deepest level of traumatic experiences. Once a patient’s traumatic experience is fully understood and released, fearful and negative thoughts are gradually replaced with positive, encouraging ones.

Other scientifically-backed benefits of hypnotherapy include:

  • Overcoming childhood issues and uncovering buried memories
  • Deeper sleep—unlike sleeping pills, hypnosis has no side effects
  • Easing IBS symptoms
  • Ending hot flashes caused by menopause
  • Pain management—particularly related to arthritis, fibromyalgia, and cancer

It has been said that medication treats symptoms while hypnosis treats causes. Remember: Only agree to undergo hypnotherapy treatment with a licensed mental health professional. The best way to ensure that you are properly treated by a knowledgeable hypnotherapist is to look for an individual with training from a reputable institution, like the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

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