Hypnotherapy can be used to treat anxiety, phobias, substance abuse including tobacco, sexual dysfunction, undesirable spontaneous behaviors, and bad habits
Hypnosis is a tool that has many uses in the treatment of trauma. Hypnosis makes use of a deep state of relaxation called trance. Trance is frequently misunderstood as a condition in which the client loses voluntary control of her mind, body, and behavior. This is not true at all. Throughout the process of hypnosis, the client is always able to refuse to follow a suggestion or stop the session. What happens in hypnosis is that the client is put into a state where she is highly suggestible and can move easily and rapidly past old barriers to her capacity to think, feel, and imagine. It is as if a rigid system has loosened up and the client’s level of inner freedom and creativity has been markedly enhanced and taken to new levels.
Hypnosis is very suitable for trauma treatment for a number of reasons. It can help a client recover memories of traumatic experiences in a state of calm where she can view those experiences in a new light. This in turn helps the client release self-blame and shame. It can even help reduce blame toward parents or caregivers. Hypnosis can help the client rewrite the ending of traumatic events in ways that promote her power, courage, and competence. It can help clients re-imagine themselves as being the person they most want to be. Once the client knows who she most wants to be she can begin acting “as if” she already is that person.
Trauma survivors very frequently use addictions to distract themselves from or to numb the pain of the past. Hypnosis is highly effective in helping clients reduce the power of obsessions, compulsions, and cravings, and in some cases to eliminate them altogether. This works for conditions as varied as smoking, drinking, binge eating, cutting, nail biting, and sex addictions.