If you suffer from an extreme fear or phobia hypnotherapy has proven to work. Phobias are more common in women than men and generally tend to surface in our early years. Sometimes a phobia or fear might be the result of a bad experience: To which, that person is simply doing everything in their power to ever face that situation again. Specific phobias affect around six to eight percent of the Western world. Specific phobias represent an exaggerated fear of a situation or a particular object – For example, heights (situation) and spiders (object). The person who suffers from it generally feels anxious and will go to extreme lengths to avoid being faced with that object or situation in any circumstance. Hypnotherapy for phobias is often used alongside psychological and medical treatments as well as for a variety of reasons – Phobias being among them.
A Control Thing…
The primary concern for most, with regards to going ahead with hypnotherapy, is the notion of “mind control”. The whole idea of someone being able to manipulate their mind, without them being fully conscious and in control, is simply too much. However, the reality is, a hypnotherapist is not controlling the mind. Instead, they are making “suggestions” to it. In addition, these are professionals with a strict code of ethics and are only ever making “suggestions” the patient has previously asked for and so needs.
What to Expect
Hypnotherapy sessions tend to last around one hour. Initially, they use specific relaxation techniques to get the patient into a “hypnotic state”. At this point, the patient is conscious and aware of what is going on around them. However, because the body and mind are relax latter responds much more easily to any suggestions the hypnotherapist makes.
How Does Suggestion Work?
A trained hypnotherapist will vary the suggestions they make depending on the condition they are treating. Depression for example would involve removing negative and repetitive patterns of thought. Bad eating habits can be targeted and healthier eating habits “suggested”.
What are the Risks?
Some people simply cannot enter the trance-like state required for hypnosis and several medical conditions are not suitable for hypnotherapy treatment: It is certainly best to consult with a doctor before going ahead, especially with regards to anyone suffering psychotic symptoms as well as phobias. A small majority do suffer from headaches, feeling dizzy and even a little anxiousness after a session, but this usually passes quickly. The most dangerous, although rare risk, is confabulations. This is when the mind creates false memories.
Therapists certainly consider the treatment extremely safe and with few side-effects. If you are thinking of using hypnotherapy to treat a fear or phobia, without doubt, it can work extremely well. However, it is not the answer for everyone. Ensuring the therapist you choose is reputable and has the correct certification and licensing is very important, if not essential. Phobias can have a huge impact on quality of life. Hypnotherapy offers a safe solution with good results for many.