Hypnosis and Therapy
A hypnotic trance is a special state of consciousness. In this receptive state, in which people go through intense and rich experiences, inner worlds and sources of strength that are otherwise inaccessible to them in their daily lives open up to them. Clients describe the hypnotic trance as focused but also deeply relaxing, harmonizing and very pleasant. A hypnotic trance can be used for therapeutic purposes to enable deep, healing experiences and changes.
Hypnotherapy is scientifically recognized
Hypnotherapeutic methods are proven to have healing effects on many disorders and ailments. That hypnosis can reduce the pain response and allow surgeries without anaesthesia to be a possibility is a well-known fact. In an extensive study, professor Dirk Revenstorf from the University of Tubingen concluded: “A healing effect of hypnotherapy on many problems and ailments, like those caused by smoking cessation, pathological anxieties and phobias, post-traumatic stress disorders and pain, has been scientifically proven. In addition to that, hypnotherapy can be recommended in the following situations: birth preparation, bulimia, weight loss, herpes, migraine, neurodermatitis, sleeping disorders, behavioural problems. The range of conditions in which it causes healing seems infinite and is neither completely known nor researched in its entirety.“
Hypnosis directly influences the deeper layers of personality
Mental problems that require treatment are part of a deeper layer of personality, which can only be controlled or changed with great difficulty. In order for behaviour to truly and permanently change, those deeper layers need to be retrained – and that proves to be a difficult and tedious challenge. Hypnotherapy, on the other hand, addresses those deeper layers directly. As a result, its effects are particularly effective and results are achieved within a surprisingly short time – sometimes even immediately.
The subconscious of any individual can be influenced in a special way, and the individual is then receptive to suggestions and open to lasting change.
Hypnotherapy can be adapted to individual needs
While in a hypnotic trance, we are particularly susceptible to change – and this can be used to incite healing. But not every session of hypnosis heals; it really depends on how it is applied. It is very similar to dreaming: we all dream. But working with dreams in a therapeutic way requires a lot of knowledge, sensitivity and creativity. It’s the same with hypnosis! Most people can be hypnotized. And the technique by which hypnotic trances can be induced is easy to learn. However, in order to make hypnosis suitable for healing processes, an adequate level of therapeutic knowledge, experience, empathy, understanding and creative intuition when working with people in this way is required.
Hypnotherapy is not only highly goal-oriented and addresses the root problem directly – for example: a desire to cease internet addiction – it can also be adapted to each person and their individual, unique problem or situation.
To remain with the example of internet dependency:
- Which underlying need does an addicted surfer try to satisfy by compulsively using the internet?
- How else could he or she deal with this need?
- What does the new behaviour feel like?
By taking such questions into account, hypnotherapy doesn’t just change the problematic behaviour, it also changes the entire person in a wholesome way.
You stay in control while in a hypnotic trance
Does hypnosis turn us into dull objects that can be manipulated at will? This is what many people ask after having seen questionable shows, in which people make a fool of themselves under the influence of a hypnotist who is well-aware of his r her powers.
However with hypnotherapy, the following is true: the client always stays in control and isn’t randomly manipulated. Strengthening the client’s independence and self-responsibility is the ultimate goal.
Firstly, hypnosis is always applied within the context of a more extensive, therapeutic process in which the primary focus is on recognizing and activating the source of positive experiences and coping strategies. The nature of the problem and the therapeutic objectives need to be carefully determined. Also, the necessary trust between client and therapist must be built.
Prior to the hypnosis, the following topics are discussed in detail:
- which kind of situation should be created,
- which potential solutions the client would like to try out,
- which suggestions he or she may like to hear, and so forth.
Secondly, people can only be hypnotized when they are willing to be hypnotized. Even though the client hands over the lead to the therapist during the hypnotic trance and lets him or herself be guided, he or she is still able to refuse suggestions that are against his or her values and desires. The client can even leave the hypnotic trance when he or she doesn’t agree with it any further.
By the way, you can remember everything that happened during the hypnosis and discuss and process it once more after the session.