Clinical Hypnosis

Hypnosis as clinical therapy

An overview of applications and benefits

What is therapeutic hypnosis or hypnotherapy

Therapeutic hypnosis, or hypnotherapy, is a clinical practice that uses the hypnotic trance state to promote psychological and physical change and well-being in patients. In this state, the patient is more receptive to the suggestions and therapeutic techniques proposed by the hypnotherapist. Hypnosis has been recognized as an effective approach for treating a variety of conditions, including anxiety disorders, depression, pain management, mental and physical dysfunctionality, and addictions. In this article, we will explore the main applications and benefits of clinical hypnosis therapy.

 

Applications of therapeutic hypnosis

Therapeutic hypnosis is used to treat a wide range of psychological and physical conditions, including:

  • Anxiety disorders–Hypnosis can help reduce anxiety symptoms, improve stress management and promote states that promote relaxation;
  • Depression-Hypnosis can help improve self-esteem, mood and motivation, aiding recovery from depression;
  • Sleep disorders–Hypnosis can be used to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders, improving the quality and duration of nighttime rest;
  • Pain management-Hypnosis can help reduce chronic and acute pain, such as in headaches, arthritis, and postoperative pain;
  • Addictions and harmful habits-Hypnosis can help overcome addictions to substances, such as smoking, cocaine or alcohol, and change harmful behaviors, such as overeating or nail biting;
  • Psychosomatic disorders-Hypnosis can be useful in treating conditions such as asthma, eczema, and hypertension, which are influenced by psychological factors;
  • Disorders of male and female sexual dysfunction, such as male sexual impotence, premature ejaculation, anorgasmia, dyspareunia, vaginismus, etc;
  • Through hypnosis, Dr. Ozeri is able to induce states of local/general anesthesia without the use of drugs in the patient in anticipation of surgical procedures.

Through hypnosis, it is possible to increase a subject’s immunological abilities and resistance to disease and even achieve regression in the size of malignant tumors.

 

Benefits of therapeutic hypnosis

Therapeutic hypnosis offers several advantages over other forms of therapy:

    • Noninvasive approach – hypnosis does not require the use of drugs or physical interventions and can be considered an alternative or adjunct to traditional therapies;
    • Personalization of treatment-hypnosis allows the therapist to tailor treatment to the specific needs of the patient, ensuring a more effective and targeted approach;
    • Short treatment duration-Therapeutic hypnosis often requires fewer sessions than other forms of therapy, allowing for faster and more stable results over time;
    • Improved autonomy – hypnosis can teach the patient self-hypnosis techniques that can be used independently to manage stress, pain, and other issues over time.

    Limitations and contraindications of therapeutic hypnosis

    Despite the benefits and applications of therapeutic hypnosis, there are some limitations and contraindications to consider:

    • Psychiatric contraindications-Hypnosis may not be indicated for patients with severe psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, as it may exacerbate symptoms or cause dissociative experiences.
    • Trust in the therapist-it is essential that the patient feel comfortable and trust the therapist, otherwise hypnosis may be ineffective or even harmful.

    How to choose a hypnotherapist

    To ensure a safe and effective experience with therapeutic hypnosis, it is important to select a qualified and experienced therapist. It is recommended to seek a professional who:

    • Have specific training in clinical hypnosis and be certified by a recognized professional organization;
    • Clearly explain the process of hypnosis and the expectations of treatment.

    Conclusion

    Therapeutic hypnosis is a versatile and effective clinical approach for treating a wide range of psychological and physical conditions. Because of its benefits, such as personalized treatment, short session duration, and improved patient autonomy, hypnosis can offer an alternative or complement to traditional therapies. However, it is important to be aware of the limitations and contraindications of hypnosis and to choose a qualified and experienced therapist to ensure a safe and effective experience.

     

    Dr. Eitan Avgad Ozeri has international experience in clinical hypnotherapy since 2008 and has treated numerous patients very effectively.

     

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