Hypnosis and Strategic Psychotherapy: Questions Answered

Discover the answers to your questions, and to the questions you hadn't yet thought to ask!

1. What is the evidence that supports the therapeutic applications of hypnosis?

The therapeutic applications of hypnosis can be found in the studies and research from the American Psychological Association, the Harvard School of Medicine, and Stanford School of Medicine. There is also evidence in the Neuroscience of Consciousness paper, connecting the neuro-physiological correlation of hypnotic responding in medical conditions. It is often used in pain management and reduction, to promote relaxation and diffuse stress, and in the treatment of anxiety. Modern hypnosis is being recognised for its efficacy in treating patients in a non-invasive manner, for a range of mental, physical, health, and undesirable behaviours like addictions.

2. What are the 3 client types who you would not hypnotise and why?

Three client types that are contraindicated to hypnosis:

1. A client who does not have a ‘point of conflict’, which is a term used to describe their perspective about their presenting condition. If they do not feel they have a problem, or conflict, in their eyes, there is no need to change, which would render hypnotherapy redundant.

2. A person who has a diagnosed mental health condition such as clinical depression, a personality or mood disorder, or a condition such as schizophrenia, or epilepsy. People with these health conditions may go into an abreaction or triggered state.

3. A client who is drug or alcohol affected should not be worked with hypnotically, as they may not be able to follow hypnotic instructions. This may also cause an abreaction and increase professional risk for the hypnotherapist.

3. What is age regression?