Brian William Smith
Mod Psychology | NLP MPrac | MH | PMAHA
Master Mindfulness Practitioner | Thought Field Therapy | Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
AHA Qld Workshop Co-ordinator | Treasurer.
Once relegated to stage acts and B movies, hypnosis is gaining acceptance as a medical tool that can help the body.
People who have experienced medical hypnosis tend to be able to cope better with their treatment. They often have fewer, milder side effects, such as the nausea caused by chemotherapy and radiation for cancer. The feedback I get from people is that they feel clinical hypnotherapy has played a significant role in their healing. It gives them a sense of control that they are doing something to help the healing. It really improves the effectiveness of the medical treatment, the quality of life and even their mental well-being. The Centre for Integrative Medicine uses clinical hypnotherapy not as a substitute but in conjunction with regular medical treatment.
Clinical Hypnosis is not a form of mind control and it is not going into a voodoo trance or a B grade movie where the subject is under control. As a qualified practitioner, I would call it a state of inner absorption and concentration where you suspend your general reality orientation or your normal way of processing information and gain access to other ways of problem solving, including suggestion and imagination.
Simply, it is a collaborative exercise in which the therapist and individual agree on the goal. One goal is behaviour modification, such as to stop smoking or eating sweets including weight management or motivational strategies. It also can be used to reduce and even eliminate pain, and some dentists now use it in their practice.
It also helps reduce anxiety and stress and clinical research has proven that stress can make illness worse and bring on its own set of symptoms, including stomach aches, muscle pain and various forms of chronic pain.
There is increasing scientific evidence of the connection between how the mind functions and body operates. The Chinese have known this for 5,000 years and it is now being discovered by Western medicine.
The results of clinical hypnotherapy may vary from person to person. Some need only a few sessions while others may require many. My goal is to teach patients self-hypnosis so they don’t have to depend on a hypnotherapist and build on their own inner strengths. As Milton H. Erickson would say, “Allow yourself to see what you don’t allow yourself to see”.
About two-thirds of patients can significantly modify their perceptions of pain by altering the neurophysiology of the experience. It is believed that this is done by changing how the brain monitors pain. The patient does not have to stay in a hypnotic state to have relief. It is like taking medicine, where you get a pronounced effect for a time and then have to do refresher work. Teaching people to reduce stress is a key element of health, but not a magic bullet.
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