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What is Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis is not a psychotherapeutic treatment, but a procedure that helps facilitate various types of therapies. It is a state of focused attention, which allows a client to disconnect from the external distractions and improve the mind-body relationship

Hypnotherapy is a combination of traditional hypnosis with suggestions, imagery and other cognitive, behavioural (CBT), mindfulness, acceptance and NLP techniques backed up by neuroscience research. It is a solutions based approach helping clients to develop a growth mindset and reach their goals.

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Several studies conducted by Gruzelier (2002) have shown that hypnosis and guided relaxation cause a significant modulation of the immune response, increasing the number of CD4-positive T cells while buffering the drop in natural killer (NK) and CD8 cells that occur in humans experiencing stress.

A typical hypnotherapy session consists of:

  1. Discussion of the client’s difficulties, agreement on treatment goals and plans.

  2. Induction and deepening of the hypnosis.

  3. Therapeutic interventions (relaxation, suggestions, visualisations, anchoring etc.)

  4. Emerging from hypnosis.

  5. Debriefing 

  6. Discussion of the self-help techniques to be used between the sessions.

Academic definition and approach

“The term hypnosis is used to denote an interaction between two people (or one person and a group) in which one of them, the hypnotist, by means of verbal communication, encourages the other, the subject or subjects, to focus their attention away from their immediate realities and concerns and on inner experiences such as thoughts feelings and imagery. The hypnotist further attempts to create alterations in the subjects´ sensations, perceptions an, feelings, thoughts and behaviour by directing them to imagine various events or situations that, were they to occur in reality, would evoke the intended changes” (Heap & Aravind, 2002).

People respond to hypnosis in different ways. Some describe their experience as an altered state of consciousness. Others describe hypnosis as a normal state of focused attention, in which they feel very calm and relaxed. Regardless of how and to what degree they respond, most people describe the experience as very pleasant. Some people are very responsive to hypnotic suggestions and others are less responsive. A person´s ability to experience hypnotic suggestions can be inhibited by fears and concerns arising from some common misconceptions. Contrary to some depictions of hypnosis in books, movies or on television, people who have been hypnotized do not lose control over their behaviour. They typically remain aware of who they are and where they are, and unless amnesia has been specifically suggested, they usually remember what transpired during hypnosis. Hypnosis makes it easier for people to experience suggestions, but it does not force them to have these experiences” (Kirsch, 1994).

Would you like to try self-hypnosis before committing to hypnotherapy? Consider trying interactive hypnosis exercises with Stanford expert Dr. David Spiegel drawn from 40+ years of clinical experience – completely free app Reveri is available for iOS and Android!

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Based on:

Brugnoli, M.P., et. al. (2018). The role of clinical hypnosis and self-hypnosis to relief pain and anxiety in severe chronic diseases in palliative care: a 2-year long-term follow-up of treatment in a nonrandomized clinical trial. Ann Palliat Med., 2018 Jan, 7(1)

Daitch, C. (2018). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Hypnosis as Treatment Methods for Generalized Anxiety Disorder. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis Volume 61, Issue 1.

Gruzelier, J. H. (2002). A review of the impact of hypnosis, relaxation, guided imagery and individual differences on aspects of immunity and health. Stress, 5, 147-63.

Gruzelier, J. (2002). The role of Psychological intervention in modulating aspects of immune function in relation to health and wellbeing. International Review of Neurobiology, 52, 383-417.

Heap, M. (1996). The nature of hypnosis. The Psychologist, 9 (11), 498-501.

Heap, M., Aravind, K. (2002). Hartland’s medical and dental hypnosis (4th edition). London: Harcourt.

Holdevici, I., Craciun, B. (2013). Hypnosis in the Treatment of Patients with Anxiety Disorders. Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, 78, 471 – 475.

Jiang, H., White, M. P., Greicius, M. D., Waelde, L. C., & Spiegel, D. (2017). Brain activity and functional connectivity associated with hypnosis. Cerebral cortex, 27 (8), 4083-4093.

Kirsch, I. (1994). APA definition and description of hypnosis: Defining hypnosis for the public. Contemporary Hypnosis, 11, 142-143.

Kirsch I, et al. (2011). Definitions of Hypnosis and Hypnotizability and their Relation to Suggestion and Suggestibility: A Consensus Statement. Contemporary Hypnosis and integrative therapy 28(2), 107–115.

Michalopoulos, M.N. (2018). Mind/Body Healing: Hypnotherapy, Functional/Integrated Medicine, Epigenetics, Cancer & the Immune System. Journal of Heart Centered Therapies, Mar-22-2018.

Vasant, D. H., & Whorwell, P. J. (2019). Gut-focused hypnotherapy for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: Evidence-base, practical aspects, and the Manchester Protocol. Neurogastroenterology and motility : the official journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society31(8), e13573.