If you have been considering therapy as way to change addictive behavior or to help with emotional disorders, you may want to consider clinical hypnosis. Clinical hypnosis teaches patients to use deep relaxation to resolve issues such as anxiety, pain relief, depression, and self-improvement.
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Clinical hypnosis is performed by trained professional who uses this altered state of awareness to treat a psychological or physical problem. Hypnosis is a highly relaxed state of concentration and focused attention. When in this state, we use our minds more powerfully. This allows us to better reach our true potential.
How Does Hypnosis Work?
Many people think that when they are under hypnosis, they lose control over themselves even though they are awake. Actually, you do not become unconscious. You are aware of everything that is happening at all times. You cannot be made to do or say anything against your will. People in a state of hypnotic trance are not under the control of the mental health worker. They are simply in a relaxed state where they can access the subconscious mind. Called a trance, this is what happens when we engage in changing our minds.
While there are many ways of achieving a hypnotic state, most of the time you will be with a therapist speaking in a slow and soothing voice. They may ask you to visualize a certain image or focus on a fixed point. This makes you feel very relaxed, but you are still aware of your surroundings.
While in this relaxed state, the therapist will ask questions to try and pinpoint the problem and its caused so they can form a solution. They may teach you how to give yourself suggestions while you are in this subconscious state to overcome specific problems such as poor self-esteem.
What is Clinical Hypnosis Used For?
Clinical hypnosis is used to treat many psychological problems. These include anxiety, eating disorders, phobias, sleep disorders, stuttering, sexual dysfunctions, and other behavioral disorders.
In fact, hypnotherapy can be used for almost anything that regular therapy addresses.