What is Clinical Hypnotherapy
Clinical Hypnotherapy can be an empowering process, as you the client will always be in control.
Hypnosis helps with a number of presenting issues. Be aware that nothing will change unless, you the client, are actively involved in the process.
Hypnosis is not about putting you the client to sleep or “out of it”. It is a state of relaxation and uses that relaxation to work at a nice and deep subconscious level.
The inner workings of the human brain have been a source of fascination and mystery. Clinical Hypnosis has come of age through the work of the late Dr Milton Erickson, a psychiatrist, who introduced the naturalistic way of clinical hypnosis.
This works with the individual entirely, using their own creativity and diversity to solve the problems at a deeper level.
Hypnosis is a normal state as many of us can daydream and we can exclude the outside world. The depth of hypnosis that each person achieves is dependent on their motivation and emotional state. Hypnotherapy will only achieve the desired result when the client is clear about their intention and wants to achieve that outcome for themselves.
Hypnosis can help give the client some control over what is happening within their bodies. E.g. Pain management, insomnia, anxiety, phobias, weight loss, mild depression.
Sometimes hypnotherapy is not an option as it can be risky to do so in some circumstances, especially trauma or an issue that may involve drugs and alcohol.
As a person who understands the medical complexities that may present regarding detox and withdrawal from drugs and alcohol, I will not use hypnotherapy. A complete assessment will be carried out. All best practice processes will be followed according to this assessment.
What is a Clinical Hypnotherapist?
Who can claim that they are a clinical hypnotherapist, and what qualifications does someone need to have to set up a practice?
This is a confusing question often asked of me in my work.
There are accredited courses recognised by national and international bodies. This often involves one year of study for an Accredited Diploma. The only colleges that offer this type of qualifications are in other states, not in Western Australia.
There are short course lasting a few days that can teach someone how to hypnotise, but this does not qualify them as a Clinical hypnotherapist.
Think about what clinical means; scientific, irrefutable, proven and solid to name a few.
Unless the person has a university qualification like social work, or psychology or some other university recognised degree, can someone actually claim the title of “clinical ” hypnotherapist.
So; be sure to check the credentials of the person you wish to see for hypnotherapy.
This is about you and your best interests. Hypnotherapy is a therapy after all and you do want to experience this process in a positive light.