What is Medical & Clinical Hypnosis?

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By Brian Wallace

What is Medical and Clinical Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a psychological technique used in medicine and trans-personal therapy as a tool to bring about positive changes to both the mind and the body through emotional and behavioral belief and pattern changes. Medical Hypnosis is the use of Hypnosis to treat medical conditions and enhance outcomes using other complimentary treatments provided by other complimentary health professionals.

Hypnosis is a focused and suggestive state of mind, in which a person is still alert. This altered state allows for a Hypnotherapist to communicate with your subconscious mind directly bypassing critical thinking of conscious mind.  The subconscious mind does not judge, doubt, or criticize new suggestions/messages but simply accepts and stores it. In other words, hypnosis allows you to program and de-program your subconscious mind in a co-operative state with the observance of the conscious mind.

Hypnosis is a natural and normal state of the mind in which the body often experiences a state of deep physical relaxation while the mind remains clear, alert and focused.  In this altered state of awareness, the subconscious mind becomes open to suggestions that the client is willing to accept.

The human responses to the state of hypnosis are objective as well as subjective. Objective responses, especially physical signs of response can be measured, making the process as applied an evidence-based protocol by a trained professional one that is predictable, practical, repeatable and reliable.

Reinforcement techniques that allow the client to know they are in Hypnosis/trance because they see and sense the observable physical signs in themselves rather than just being told they are hypnotized or by being made to do “silly human tricks”. This perspective gives the client a confidence in themselves and in the work they are doing that has the effect of producing more lasting change.

Many casual observers would think that it is only recently that Medicine has had any interest or investment in the use of hypnosis. Many of those observers would be surprised to learn that most advancements in the science of hypnosis were pioneered initially by medical doctors over the last 200 years looking for creative ways of addressing the human needs of Medicine, including the first recorded use of formal past-life regressions by a doctor in 1947 that was then used as a mechanism for healing physical ailments.

Can Anyone Be Hypnotized?

Yes.  Any person of at least average intelligence and ability to focus and concentrate can go into hypnosis.  The better one is able to concentrate and focus and the more intelligent a person is, the easier it is for him or her to go into the hypnotic trance and to achieve greater results with hypnosis.

Above all, the person must be willing. Willing is one of those “loaded” words – for our discussion it can be defined as “informed consent” – that is, you know what is going to happen to you, when it is going to happen, what it will feel like and that you are OK with it happening.  Co-operation and collaboration with the client and therapist is essential, even if it takes the initial form of following simple instructions.

No one can hypnotize you if you don’t want to be hypnotized or against your will or consent.

Is Hypnosis dangerous?

No, hypnosis is not dangerous.  It is just a natural state of the mind induced and deepened in a formal setting by the hypnotherapist for purposes of helping the individual change certain habits or patterns of behavior.  The mind has natural defenses built in which will automatically reject any suggestions it deems harmful.

No one has EVER been harmed by Hypnosis when practiced by a trained professional.

How can Hypnosis Help?

Hypnosis can benefit almost anyone to improve their physical, emotional and mental health. Research has shown that Hypnosis (when applied in a clinical environment with scientific methods) can help regulate various systems of the human body, such as the Immune System, Nervous System, Endocrine System and Gastro-Intestinal System.

The following medical conditions have been shown through research as being responsive to and benefit from the application of Hypnosis:

Gastro-Intestinal Disorders

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Chronic Functional Abdominal Pain
  • Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Functional Dyspepsia

Addictions / Behavioural Changes

  • Nutritional Preferences / Food Sensitivities
  • Smoking Cessation (2 Sessions Cessation Treatment offered at NO CHARGE with Naturopathic Dr Referral)
  • Drug / Food / Behavioral Addictions

Chronic Pain

  • Headaches
  • Oral and Facial Pain
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Neuralgia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatic Pain
  • Cancer Pain

Skin Conditions

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Urticaria
  • Itching

Allergy Elimination

Asthma Treatment

The following Psychological problems have been shown to benefit from the use of Clinical Hypnosis:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Stress / Anxiety related disorders
  • Depression (Mild to Moderate)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Phobias

ALL DIAGNOSED MEDICAL CONDITIONS BEING TREATED MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL (Doctor’s, Naturopath, Psychiatrist, etc.) REFERRAL BEFORE TREATMENT.

During the First Session (no charge – about one hour) the Hypnotherapist will talk with you about Hypnosis and how it works, your questions and situation and discuss how hypnosis can be applied to bring about lasting change. This initial assessment and disclosure also includes the details of the protocol that the Hypnotherapist plans to use for treatment in a session by session format so that you know how long and how often you are going to visit (and rates) before committing to any formal hypnosis.

Brian Wallace has been certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists, The International Medical & Dental Hypnotherapy Association, The International Association of Counsellors and Therapists, The Institute for Advanced Neuro-Research and Education and is Board Certified by the Natural Therapies Certification Board. Brian also teaches advanced uses and applications to other therapists in the form of Continuing Education at Coastal Academy of Hypnotic Arts & Science.