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Clinical Hypnosis

Hypnosis is a method of communication that induces a trance like state.
The trance state is a naturally occurring state where attention is narrowly focused, allowing an experiential absorption.
Hypnosis is an adjunct to other therapeutic approaches.
With Clinical Hypnosis suggestions are made to help the client focus on feelings, images and  thoughts that lead to mutually agreed outcomes.
Hypnosis has many applications in Clinical Settings .
Included are:
  • Building confidence
  • Managing stress and anxiety
  • Relaxation in childbirth
  • Sleep disorders
  • Athletic performance
  • Academic performance
  • Depression
  • Pain Management
  • Habit control
  • Blocks to motivation and creativity
  • Somatisation issues
There are myths and misconceptions about hypnosis. It is not for instance a form of mind control, but a means of accessing a naturally occurring state that can facilitate change. This writer encourages clients to learn self-hypnosis as an ongoing self-management strategy.
Trance is not sleep, although some people do become deeply relaxed.
Clinical Hypnosis does not cause anybody to do anything against their will.
The focus is on mutually agreed goals, with an understanding to utilise this knowledge in a positive, constructive way.
There are similar processes that take place with Hypnosis and Meditation. Both begin by attempts to relax and to concentrate the mind by focusing attention. This focus of attention leads to similar changes in mental state e.g. alterations of sense of time and perception, suspension of effortful thought, decreased sympathetic(bodily) activity, accompanied by positive feelings e.g. relaxed, joyful. Both Hypnosis and Meditation approaches share an optimistic appraisal of people being resourceful, and to use their resources in self-enhancing ways.
The neurophysiology of deep hypnosis and meditation are also similar. The trance state creates high band theta wave in the brain. Theta waves are present in frontal areas of the brain and the Anterior Cingulate gyrus.
This writer views the trance state as shifting attention from analytical, effortful thought, to metaphorical, symbolic, ‘subconscious’ experience and  processes. This  includes storage of all our life memory experiences and our ‘mind’ resources.
Michael Yapko, Clinical Psychologist, in his book’ Mindfulness and Hypnosis: The power of suggestion to transform experience’(2011), provides an excellent definition of Clinical Hypnosis:
‘Hypnosis in Clinical interaction employs suggestion provided by the clinician to facilitate the client proactively and collaboratively developing a state of experiential absorption. When so engaged the client typically experiences a dissociation allowing him or her to respond to suggestions and interventions on multiple levels of awareness, and thereby more fully utilising resources in a goal directed way.’
Michael Yapko also explains, ‘When people close their eyes and focus, the rigid boundaries of perception soften. Reality becomes more negotiable, and people discover through this subjective experience that perceptions of time, space, body, and the meaning attributed to life experience and self awareness are malleable.”
Graeme is fully qualified to assist clients to utilise trance and hypnotic techniques, having completed a Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis, and has extensive clinical experience with this approach.
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