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Clinical Hypnotherapy gaining respect in medicine as a useful tool.

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Brian William Smith
Mod Psychology | NLP MPrac | MH | PMAHA
Master Mindfulness Practitioner | Thought Field Therapy | Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
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Clinical Hypnotherapy gaining respect in medicine as a useful tool.

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 Hypnotherapy

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”.

Art of Well-Being Hypnosis

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.

Have and amazing day!!!

I look forward to talking again with you next week.


  1. Catherine says:

    Hello Brian Smith,
    Your post says that Hypnotherapy is not mind control.
    How come then when you watch a stage hypnotists it appears that everyone is under his control and made to perform embarrassing acts, such as barking like a dog, or walking and quaking like a duck?
    Surely that must be mind control.

    • Brian Smith says:

      Hello Catherine and thank you for your question.
      This assumption is based on Stage Hypnotism and Hollywood fiction. The truth is, these people volunteer to act on stage, and they allow themselves to participate in silly suggestions.
      Hypnotherapy is a serious process of self-improvement, not entertainment.
      No one can control your mind, unless you let them. Your Hypnotherapist will give you suggestions that you want to be given, based on the Pre-Hypnotherapy Interview.
      At no point during your session will you lose control of your mind. If you hear a suggestion that you don’t agree with, or don’t understand, your subconscious mind will automatically reject it.
      Hypnosis is a natural state that has been studied scientifically. Hypnotherapists are not Psychics or Palm Readers with “special powers”. Hypnotherapy is based on many years of clinical research by famous Psychologists such as Dr. Sigmund Freud and Dr. Carl Jung, and more recently, by Dr. Milton Erikson and Dr. John Kappas.
      I hope this answers your question?

  2. February says:

    A few years ago I went with friends to see stage hypnotists and volunteered to go up on stage.
    I didn’t really want to that but my friends said it would be fun.
    While under I woke up and saw everyone was laughing at me and I felt so embarrassed and unsure as to what I had done.
    I walked off the stage with everyone booing and laughing at me and to this day, I still feel uncomfortable within large groups of people.
    Why do I still feel this way?

    • Brian Smith says:

      Hi February,
      I am sorry to hear that you had an uncomfortable stage experience and I have heard of this all too often.
      Clinical Hypnotherapy is not in any way a game or entertainment to be done at the expense of others.
      With the vast majority of people who already may suffer from a phobia, the exposure to specific stimuli can bring on an adverse reaction in response to that imagined stimuli as if it had been real.
      Some people are more susceptible to hypnosis than others. That means they are able to enter hypnosis easily and often very deeply, becoming unaware of their surroundings and absorbed in the hypnotic experience.
      Today, Clinical Hypnotherapy is recognised by the scientific community as an effective healing tool and is considered to be a safe and effective treatment when performed by a qualified and experienced practitioner.
      To answer your question as to why you still feel this way, the situation on stage anchored a phobic reaction within you and who wouldn’t feel uncomfortable or embarrassed having had that experience?
      Contact me if you seek further information as I am more than happy and confident to assist you break free from the fear of being in large groups of people.