4 Issues That Clinical Hypnotherapy Can Help With

On the big screen, you may have seen hypnotherapy used by actors portraying psychologists in order to ‘put people to sleep in order to uncover past trauma and resolve underlying mental health issues. Typically, psychologists in the movies will wave a pocket watch in front of a person’s face to induce sleep. But, while many may not believe in the success of hypnotherapy, and the movies’ portrayal of this technique is skewed, many may not know that hypnotherapy is helpful in the reduction of a number of symptoms brought on by mental health issues. Specifically, clinical hypnotherapy can help with 5 major issues that many people diagnosed with mental health issues may experience.

What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?

Clinical hypnotherapy, or hypnosis, is a technique in which a psychologist may use to help promote a relaxation state in patients. Within this state of relaxation, patients can experience hyper-focus, pain relief, and a number of other beneficial advantages. During hypnotherapy sessions, patients are guided into a state of relaxation by a psychologist trained in hypnosis. For hundreds of years, hypnosis has been used to help individuals explore inner behaviors, thoughts, emotions, and experiences.

1. Anxiety Disorders and Stress

Hypnotherapy has shown to be successful for the reduction of stress and anxiety in people living with levels of these emotions that are debilitating to daily life. Specifically, hypnotherapy is known to be most effective for individuals living with a specific anxiety disorder known as Phobias. Phobias is an anxiety disorder that’s characterized by extreme fear of objects, situations, or thoughts that don’t necessarily pose dangers. For example, a fear of leaving the house or being in large crowds. Hypnotherapy can be utilized to help individuals practice relaxation techniques in order to face and overcome specific phobias, helping to alleviate the anxiety that surrounds these fears.

2. Sleep Disorders

Not being able to sleep for as long as you want or not being able to fall asleep is challenging, frustrating, and debilitating. But, hypnotherapy has helped many people living with insomnia and other sleep disorders get the sleep they need to overcome the symptoms and challenges brought on by irregular sleep schedules. By inducing relaxation and utilizing self-sedation practices, hypnotherapy can help people to learn how to relax not only their bodies, but their minds. Therefore, giving them a helpful tool in order to manage symptoms of insomnia and other sleep issues. And, get the correct amount of sleep they need to maintain both physical and mental wellbeing.

3. Chronic Pain

Whether chronic pain is due to recent surgery, illness, or injury, hypnosis can help to reduce symptoms of pain in those who deal with it on a chronic basis. Hypnosis is a helpful practice in learning how to cope with pain which allows people to have better control of their chronic pain symptoms. And, in return, reduces pain stimuli in order for individuals living with chronic pain to obtain a more comfortable life.

4. Smoking Cessation

Are you ready to finally kick the habit of smoking? Many people try to quit smoking but end up back at it in only a month’s time. While there are many methods of assistance for smoking cessation, hypnotherapy is a noninvasive, medication-free method of quitting smoking. It works by helping to reduce cravings by improving a person’s willingness and commitment to smoking cessation.

Find Out More About What Clinical Hypnosis Can do for You

Southcoast Psychiatric Services offers clinical hypnotherapy for people dealing with a number of mental health issues, including the symptoms and issues listed above. If you want to learn more about how clinical hypnosis works or about any of our other outpatient therapy services, visit our website or call 561-241-6628 today.