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Clinical Hypnotherapy

Clinical hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis for the treatment and alleviation of a variety of physical and psychological symptoms. Hypnosis is a state of altered consciousness that allows you to access your unconscious mind and make positive changes.

Clinical hypnotherapy works by inducing a deeply relaxed state in which you are more open to suggestions that are consistent with your goals. The therapist will guide you into this state using verbal cues and mental imagery, and then use various techniques to help you address your issues. You will remain aware and in control throughout the process, and you can bring yourself out of hypnosis at any time.

Clinical hypnotherapy can be used to treat a wide range of conditions or change habits, such as:

  • Anxiety and stress

  • Depression

  • Phobias and fears

  • Pain management

  • Smoking cessation

  • Weight management

  • Insomnia

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Self-esteem and confidence issues

  • Past life regression

  • And many more

Clinical hypnotherapy is not usually available on the NHS, but you can find a qualified and registered therapist through the Professional Standards Authority or the National Council for Hypnotherapy. The cost and duration of therapy may vary depending on your needs and preferences. Clinical hypnotherapy is an evidence-based therapy that has been shown to be effective for many people.

How can I tell if a therapist is qualified?

One way to tell if a therapist is qualified and registered is to check their credentials and affiliations. A qualified therapist should have a recognised qualification in hypnotherapy from an accredited training provider. A registered therapist should belong to a professional body that is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, such as the National Council for Hypnotherapy or the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis. These organisations have codes of ethics and standards of practice that their members must adhere to. They also require their members to have ongoing supervision and continuing professional development.

You can search for a qualified and registered therapist on the websites of these organisations, or ask the therapist directly for proof of their qualifications and registration. You can also look for testimonials or reviews from previous clients to get an idea of their reputation and experience. It is important to find a therapist that you feel comfortable with and trust, as this will enhance the effectiveness of hypnotherapy.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions you will need for hypnotherapy depends on several factors, such as:

  • The type and severity of your issue

  • The type and modality of hypnotherapy

  • The availability and affordability of hypnotherapy

  • The quality and rapport of the therapeutic relationship

  • Your readiness and motivation for change

Some issues may be resolved in a single session, while others may require a longer course of treatment. A typical hypnotherapy session lasts for about an hour, but this may vary depending on your needs and preferences. Your therapist should discuss with you how many sessions they think you might need, and review your progress regularly. You should also feel free to ask questions or give feedback about the number of sessions at any time. Hypnotherapy should be a collaborative process that meets your needs and expectations.

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