What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is a state of consciousness of extreme focused attention. In simple terms, Hypnotherapy is a technique that utilises Hypnosis to aid in the treatment of mental health conditions and concerns. The role of a psychologist in Hypnotherapy is to guide the clients through a set of steps to help them reach a state of heightened relaxation and concentration.
What is Hypnotherapy used for?
Hypnosis is used to treat a number of conditions including but not limited to depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, pain management, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, eating disorders. Hypnosis can also be used as an additional aid for quitting smoking and losing weight.
Results of Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is effective after only a few sessions, and most clients see solid changes towards their goals and concerns after two to six sessions depending on the presenting issue.
It is important to be well prepared to assure that you can have the best experience possible. If you are running late for the appointment you may feel flustered and find it difficult to relax. Also, assuring you’ve had a good night’s sleep and are well rested prior to the appointment.
The interview session involves the assessment of your goals and concerns . This also takes into consideration other aspects of your life. The first session is more of a “getting to know you” session to prepare you for the process of Hypnotherapy.
The induction is the part of the process that leads to hypnotic mindset. Typically, the induction will involve eye closure, relaxed breathing, countdowns that deepen relaxation and comfort. This stage of the process is easy, but it requires cooperation to work.
This is concentrated on doing the psychological work that leads to achieving the changes you want. You will be provided with psycho-education, helpful suggestions, affirmations and visualisations all designed to help with your specific issues.
The debrief is the last part of the session where we will process your experiences during the time you were in a state of trance. You will also have an opportunity to have your questions answered, and the debrief will also prepare you for future sessions.
Hypnotherapy is considered a safe, complementary medical treatment when conducted by a trained health care professional such as a psychologist, psychiatrist, or physician. However, hypnosis may not be appropriate for people with severe mental illness.
Miguel Barreiro has practiced as a Psychologist since 1999. He has further certifications in relationship counselling and family therapy. He undertook a diploma of Ericksonian Hypnosis in 2006-2008 and has been practicing Hypnotherapy ever since.