Hypnotherapy is the psychotherapy that also makes use, among other methods, of hypnotic procedures. This happens when the therapists considers it useful and with the client’s/patient’s approval, of course. Unlike stage hypnosis which is more of an entertainment tool pursuing the sensational, hypnotherapy uses clinical hypnosis in order to help the client/patient for psychotherapy purposes, medical approaches, sports and intellectual performance. This is why it’s important that when you choose a hypnotherapist, make sure he/she also has certified degree in psychotherapy.

Clinical hypnosis is that quality of the mind to experience an altered state of consciousness, by focusing the attention towards a stimulus while ignoring others. By deepening this state, the mind develops the so-called hypnotic trance, thus switching to another frequency of cerebral processing and managing to access and integrate more adequately ideas, feelings, emotions or other aspects that the one who is experiencing the trance is interested in.

Hypnotherapy has the advantage of addressing the profound part of the psyche, the so-called unconscious part of the mind. In depth psychotherapy, the unconscious part of the psyche referrers to intrapsychic conflicts that sabotage the balanced functioning, but also to hidden resources that can be accessed in order to overcome difficulties. However, it’s good to know that clinical hypnosis itself is not a therapeutic method, but just a mean that the specialist makes use of in order to facilitate the intervention.

In psychotherapy, along with other tools, clinical hypnosis can be employed in the general diminishing of stress and also in diverse disorders like: depression, anxiety, psychosexual issues, trauma related disorders, phobias, insomnia, twitches, enuresis (involuntary urination during sleep), eating disorders (nervous anorexia or bulimia) and addictions (like smoking or compulsive eating).

The medical cases where clinical hypnosis can be useful as an auxiliary intervention are:

  • Surgery preparation and recovery – before undergoing surgery, patients can be more easily familiarized with the medical procedures and can overcome their fears in a more relaxed manner; then after the surgery, a feeling of control can be insured by also stimulating the recovery process
  • Pain management – by developing some specific hypnotic trances, the pain sensations can be substantially reduced among patients suffering from chronic conditions; in diverse medical interventions, clinical hypnosis can also be employed as anesthesia (suppressing physical/organic sensitivity) or analgesia (modifying physical/organic sensitivity).
  • In dentistry, the hypnotic trance can be successfully integrated in reducing anxiety, managing pain (through hypnoanesthesia or hypnoanalgesia) and as well as in remediation of bruxism (repeatedly and involuntarily clenching and grinding the teeth, which is based on a nervous mechanism).
  • Facilitating childbirth – the hypnotically induced relaxation state can be useful in coordinating the breathing and the muscles involved in the delivery process, while the corresponding sensations and the anxiety related to childbirth can be considerably diminished
  • Dermatologic disorders can be approached also with hypnotherapy as an auxiliary intervention since there is a strong connection between our skin and our affective functioning, as a follow-up of the way stress is being managed. Among these disorders there are neurodermatitis (manifesting like a patch of itchy skin), psoriasis, Zoster zone and warts (among them also being plantar wart, genital condyloma etc.)
  • To treatments in internal medicine, oncology and as well in autoimmune disorders hypnotherapy can be added. It is useful in treating cardiovascular disorders, breathing disorders (like asthma), allergies, gastro-intestinal disorders (like irritable bowl, constipation). Stimulating the immune system through hypnotherapeutic procedures can significantly contribute in the treatment of oncological and autoimmune disorders.

In the hypnotherapeutic approach of dermatologic and the above mentioned disorders, it is mandatory to first be consulted by the medical doctor.

Besides psychotherapeutic and medical field, clinical hypnosis can also be useful in sports and intellectual performance. Through hypnotic procedures, relaxation techniques and guided imagery, athletes can develop an optimal state of mind, which allows gaining easier an attitude of confidence, emotional balance, efficiently adjusting the relaxation-straining alternation, boosting and maintaining an optimal level of concentration and strategic thinking in real time, increased speed of response and efficiently managing the periods of progress and regression. By involving the unconscious and the very resourceful side of mental functioning, hypnotic approaches have the quality of stimulating creativity, imagination, memory and problem solving both in athletes and intellectuals.