What is clinical hypnosis?
The word hypnosis derives from the Greek word for “sleep”. However, in clinical hypnosis, the patient is actually in an altered state of consciousness between sleep and wakefulness. With certain stimuli, mental processes are activated and the specialist can treat various psychological disorders such as anxiety and stress.
Why is it done?
Clinical therapy helps the patient to understand, accept and handle situations that cause any type of suffering. It’s not always intended to cure the patient of an illness or unpleasant situation and is sometimes used to alleviate the suffering caused it. By doing so, the patient can improve their ability to cope with the illness or unpleasant situation.
Clinical therapy is used to treat suffering caused by:
It can also be used as an anaesthesia in minor dental or surgical procedures.
What does it involve?
During clinical hypnosis therapy, the therapist brings the patient into a hypnotic or trance-like state. They will use words and associations of ideas that will change the patient’s thought patterns or behaviours. The patient's mind and attitude play a key role in the success of this therapy - they must have the desire to participate and be fully guided during the sessions.