Clinical Hypnosis is the use of hypnosis for therapeutic reasons, usually conducted by a licensed health care provider.
Hypnosis has been around since the beginnings of man. It is a process that brings a person to an altered state of consciousness; and in that state the person is enabled to do extraordinary things, like reduce pain, augment healing, find out the cause of emotional problems, increase one's ability to study, quit smoking, or fight off allergies.
Hypnosis is recognized by the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and Boards that license counselors and nurses. It is taught in graduate schools and medical schools around the country and is used by psychologists, counselors, nurses, and physicians. It is a powerful tool that can assist people in a variety of ways.
Most people can be hypnotized easily and safely. People usually remember everything that happens while they are hypnotized. They do not "go to sleep." They usually enter into hypnosis by relaxing and focusing their attention. Within a short period of time, suggestions can be made by the therapist which are directed to bring about the desired outcome.
There are many directions that Clinical Hypnosis can take when working on a specific problem. For example, if one were working on a fear of flying, the client may be directed to replace the fear with confidence and relaxation; he may be directed to look at the cause of the fear; he may be shown how to hypnotize himself when he is in an airplane; or he may be directed to use his unconscious mind to clean out the cause without even knowing what it is.
The unconscious mind has the ability to do such things as clearing out painful origins of problems without having to deal with them in a conscious fashion. When this is possible, it allows for significant improvement in a short amount of time--and without unnecessary grief.
Hypnosis can also be used for remarkable physiological changes. Warts, for example, are very susceptible to hypnotic suggestion. It is such a suggestion that makes folk cures work. Grandmothers have "suggested" warts away when they rub warts with potatoes and then bury them. The part about this that is quite interesting, however, is how hypnosis knows what to do with the wart. Does hypnosis constrict blood vessels, increase T-cells, freeze the virus, or raise the temperature of the site? We do not know; and yet, somehow, the unconscious mind has the ability to figure out how to do this exquisite task.
Hypnosis has been used to reduce the need for medication for allergies. In some cases, it has completely cleared up seasonal allergies. For some more about this, click here.
Hypnosis is used as a preparation for surgery and in the recovery stages afterwards. Patients can reduce the pain of recovery, increase their mental attitudes, and assist in their own healing by using hypnosis and self-hypnosis. A video tape was made for Memorial Hospital to assist patients throughout the surgery process. To know about this hypnosis video, click here.
To read a Press Democrat article about hypnosis, click here.
Questions about the appropriate use of Clinical Hypnosis can be addressed to the staff of Russian River Counselors.
For information about training in hypnosis for clinicians, click here.
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