Just as people can find some experiences limiting, people commonly report that the experience of hypnosis helps them to find new solutions and alternatives that they would not have conceived as possible.
Many people have experienced the benefits of mindfulness meditation. Hypnosis can take this experience even further because it teaches skills and strategies to address specific issues, in a highly personalised way. People can use hypnosis to interrupt the patterns of thinking and behaviour that are the basis of symptoms experienced in anxiety, depression, addiction and compulsive behaviours.
In an age where people are seeking to reduce reliance on pharmaceutical treatments for debilitating conditions such as chronic pain and depression, clinical hypnosis has a solid evidence base. Modern clinical hypnosis has multiple applications for addressing persistent problems, complimenting medical treatments for physical health problems and improving wellbeing.
Misconceptions Many myths about hypnosis have come from people observing stage hypnotists who carefully screen their subjects to select willing volunteers. A misconception about hypnosis is that people have less control. In fact, people commonly report increased clarity in their awareness and an increase in their degree of control over their experience.
Skilled therapists design hypnosis around the client’s own preferred styles for being relaxed and focused. Like any therapy, hypnosis is best utilised under the guidance of a qualified clinician who is able to complete a thorough assessment of the issues and develop an individualised treatment plan.