What research says about hypnotherapy
Hypnosis is now widely accepted as a technique for helping people change their habits, manage pain, overcome phobias, and deal with depression and anxiety (Milling et al., 2018).
Hypnosis works and the empirical support is unequivocal in that regard. It really does help people,” says Michael Yapko, PhD, a psychologist and fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
Using techniques designed for deep relaxation and focus encourages susceptibility to hypnotic instructions. Affirmations can guide clients to change unhelpful ways of thinking or manage unwanted sensations such as pain.
The trance-like state is not unnatural and can exist outside of hypnosis during times of extreme focus. Yet, despite on-stage stunts, it cannot make people do things beyond their will.
Hypnotherapy is considered a safe practice when performed by trained practitioners and is becoming more mainstream in treating physical and mental health (Thomson, 2019).
According to considerable recent research, guided hypnosis appears valuable in clinical settings, and self-hypnosis appears equally effective at managing conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (Marchant, 2011).
While hypnotherapy works as a standalone treatment, it combines effortlessly with other forms of therapy. Therefore, hypnosis can form part of any toolkit of therapies for mental wellbeing practitioners to help clients with conditions that have so far been untreatable (Whorwell, 2008).