Hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming are deep interests of mine, and I am currently programming the Moose to give you suggestions throughout the day to help you with whatever issues that you may have. This website will become a nice resource for this.
Hypnotherapy, although still considered an ‘alternative therapy’ is gaining ground in today’s world. The problems surrounding hypnotherapy becoming as acceptable as more conventional treatments, such as taking a medication, is that nobody can quite define what exactly it is and how exactly it works.
One of the other arguments against hypnotherapy is that it does not work for everybody. However, neither does more traditional medicine. A lot of medications may lead to dependence and unpleasant side effects and the cost of modern medicine is high.
With hypnotherapy, you only need to be guided to access the healing power of your unconscious mind and you may just find a permanent, and totally natural cure to your condition or habit. This for me, is one of the main reasons that more research and funding are not put into clinical trials into the efficacy of hypnotherapy for a myriad of conditions.
Hypnotherapy has increased in popularity over recent years and also become widely endorsed as a treatment for many conditions. Although, finding any statistics on how many people actually attend hypnotherapy and for what conditions has proved difficult, to say the least.
However, some respected associations such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have helped a lot when they recommended hypnotherapy as a treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in 2008. Reviews of research showed some evidence that psychological interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and hypnotherapy were effective in the treatment of IBS.
“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being
can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.”
As mentioned, it is extremely difficult to find any figures on how many people use, or have used, hypnotherapy. It is in the following areas that hypnotherapy may offer relief for many:-
Anxiety disorders: According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders affect around 40 million people in the US alone and are the most common form of mental illness. Depression is often associated with anxiety disorders too.
Illnesses that are related to or connected with anxiety and also tend to respond well to hypnotherapy include:-
Hypnotherapy works on the premise that the mind is a very powerful tool that is constantly open to suggestions but still maintains control. Whilst in a deeply relaxed trance-like state the mind is particularly open to positive suggestion and hence we can change the way we think about ourselves and also about our life choices and behaviours
One of the major problems within the field of hypnotherapy is the often ambivalent results. This is not surprising however, as at the present point in time, the practice of hypnotherapy is totally unregulated. Even more shocking is the fact that anybody can set themselves up as a hypnotherapist without undergoing any formal training whatsoever.
Furthermore, there is no mandatory qualification structure an the courses offered for hypnotherapy vary widely from an on-line course, (which does seem a little odd) to a masters degree. Indeed a Google search for ‘hypnotherapy courses’ yielded over 600,000 results.
General advice tends to be always to choose a hypnotherapist who holds a certificate and is a professional, such as a qualified psychotherapist, for example … BUT there are still no guarantees that this practitioner will have the necessary extensive skills in the particular area of your problem. An unlicensed hypnotherapist may have years of experience and be very well versed in all the latest techniques.
It is always the few cases of unprofessional hypnotherapy practice that receive all the press coverage tarnishing the name and image of a very effective treatment. The only answer to ensure growth in the area of hypnotherapy is to introduce strict regulations on training and practice, on a par with other professions within the medical field.
We are interested in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) because it can be used very effectively with Hypnotherapy. NLP is similar to hypnosis in that it involves re-programming pathways in the brain to facilitate new and improved ways of thinking which ultimately lead to new and more positive behaviours.
NLP can be used in all the problem areas listed above for hypnotherapy but is also being used in self improvement, sales and businesses. NLP involves actually learning how each of our individual brains are programmed through personal experiences and language and how we can actually both learn about, and change, our thinking process and therefore ultimately, our behaviours. It’s a bit like hypnosis but without the trance state.
NLP is an extremely interesting field and involves a lot of self exploration. Some of the exercises taught are really quite fun to do. For a little taster into NLP you may enjoy the re-framing or the Swish.
Although, there have been a few controversies surrounding NLP, particularly regarding whether or not you can tell if a person is lying depending on their eye movements, NLP continues to gain both followers and practitioners.