CMPS Clinical Hypnosis
Clinical hypnosis is a treatment employs a variety of stress management and relaxation strategies. Here at CMPS, we use it to improve recovery from chronic pain and to decrease anxiety. It can teach a usable strategy, giving you control over your own body. In addition, it’s effective to treat phobias, insomnia, smoking, weight loss and irritable bowel syndrome, plus it’s been used to keep cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy calm and relaxed. Hypnotherapy essentially helps you manage your stress, anxiety or medical condition.
So, what is hypnosis? According to the American Psychological Association, this is a cooperative interaction where a patient responds to a hypnotist’s suggestions. This technique is one that has been clinically proven to result in medical and therapeutic benefits, particularly to reduce pain and anxiety, and possibly even dementia.
How it Works
Your therapist acts as your coach or tutor to assist you reaching a hypnotic state. Yes, it is often described as a sleep-like trance state but it is actually more like a state of focused attention, vivid imagination and heightened suggestibility.
Effects vary from one person to the next. Some say they feel a sense of detachment or deep relaxation, while others say their actions seem to happen outside their conscious control. Still others say they are fully aware and can carry out conversations.
Hypnosis is used to:
- Treat chronic pain conditions like arthritis.
- Reduce pain during childbirth.
- Decrease symptoms of dementia and ADHD.
- Reduce nausea and vomiting in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.
- Control pain during dental procedures.
- Eliminate skin conditions like warts and psoriasis.
- Alleviate IBS symptoms.
Who Can Be Hypnotized?
A large number of people are more hypnotizable than they think. Here’s a look at the stats:
- 15% of people are very responsive to hypnosis.
- Children are more susceptible to hypnosis than adults.
- Only 10% percent of adults are considered difficult or impossible to hypnotize.
- People who easily get absorbed in fantasies are much more responsive to hypnosis.
Are you interested in being hypnotized? You’ll need an open mind, as research proves hypnosis is more effective when viewed in a positive light.
Myth 1: When you awaken from hypnosis, you will not remember anything that happened during that time.
Yes, amnesia can happen in very rare cases; however, people generally remember everything that went on when hypnotized. That being said, it can have a big effect on memory, leading a person to forget particular things that occurred prior to or during hypnosis. Rest assured, this is limited in scope and temporary.
Myth 2: It’s possible to be hypnotized against your will.
Despite what you may have heard about people getting hypnotized without their own consent, hypnosis necessitates voluntary participation from the patient.
Myth 3: The hypnotist has total control of you while under hypnosis.
Some may feel their actions under hypnosis feel like they’re happening against their will, but a hypnotist can’t make you do anything that’s against your values or morals.