Does Hypnosis work?
This questions is always raised at some stage during our initial interview - so let's clarify this right here.
The success of hypnosis depends on a variety of factors. In 2001, the Professional Affairs Board of the British Psychological Society (BPS) commissioned a working party of expert psychologists to publish a report entitled The Nature of Hypnosis.
The report stated that:
"Enough studies have now accumulated to suggest that the inclusion of
hypnotic procedures may be beneficial in the management and treatment
of a wide range of conditions and problems encountered in the practice
of medicine, psychiatry and psychotherapy."
The working party then provided an overview of some of the most
important contemporary research on the efficacy of clinical
hypnotherapy, which is summarized as follows:
Some factors that determine the success of hypnosis include:
- "There is convincing evidence that hypnotic procedures are effective
in the management and relief of both acute and chronic pain and in
assisting in the alleviation of pain, discomfort and distress due to
medical and dental procedures and childbirth."
- "Hypnosis and the practice of self-hypnosis may significantly reduce
general anxiety, tension and stress in a manner similar to other
relaxation and self-regulation procedures."
- "Likewise, hypnotic treatment may assist in insomnia in the same way as other relaxation methods."
- "There is encouraging evidence demonstrating the beneficial effects
of hypnotherapy procedures in alleviating the symptoms of a range of
complaints that fall under the heading 'psychosomatic illness." These
include tension headaches and migraine; asthma; gastrointestinal
complaints such as irritable bowel syndrome; warts; and possibly other
skin complaints such as eczema, psoriasis and urticaria [hives].
- "There is evidence from several studies that its [hypnosis']
inclusion in a weight reduction program may significantly enhance
- The technique applied to achieve a deep trance state.
- The susceptibility of the individual to hypnosis (a stage hypnotist will always do a general audience test before calling people onstage) because some people are just more susceptible than others to suggestion and therefore can be hypnotized easier than others.
- Belief in the process - if you believe that it will work - it will work.
- Taking responsibility - if you want/expect the hypnotherapist to change you - then you are not taking responsibility for your change process. Hypnosis only facilitates the change process - you need to make it happen in your own mind.
Careful selection of clients/therapists and specific techniques will enjoy a high success rates as we did..
We do not believe that hypnotherapy is the common cure for all problems and always recommend that you first see your GP or other specialist if there is a possibility that it may be a medical/physical condition. We did not claim to be able to cure our clients or to have the cure to all their problems. They wanted to change - that is the start of the journey.
We suggest you research Ho'oponopono spiritual healing - the spirit is free and available to all who ask - we know it works - you try it for yourself.