Applications of Clinical Hypnosis

Written by: Isidro Pérez Hidalgo
Published: | Updated: 17/11/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Hypnosis is mainly characterized by the focus of attention and the voluntary reduction of the analytical capacity of the subject.

The suggestion is one of the key elements in this practice, becoming a communication that works automatically.

Clinical Hypnosis is an effective way to combat suggestions, programs or operations that have been automated, and therefore, the patient can not control their own volition.


Applications of Clinical Hypnosis

We could talk about a very wide range of applications of Clinical Hypnosis. Both medicine and psychology, there may be different therapeutic uses, but the most common areas of hypnotherapy are pain, anxiety, psychophysiological disorders and smoking or obesity.

It notes that when used is often part of a treatment package in which it is combined with other procedures. On the other hand, hypnosis is not a panacea, but it is a very useful technique with its logical limitations.

Sometimes patients come to the consultation seeking a magic cure his disorder, but although the mechanisms involved in hypnosis are powerful, changes that are made ​​need time.

In general, hypnosis is not a dangerous technique, but should be in the hands of specialists in psychology and professionals duly recognized health that have adequate training. Unfortunately, there is much intrusiveness in this field.

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Clinical Hypnosis Session

Clinical Hypnosis session can last between 1 h. and 1:30 h. Possibly half the time to engage in conversation and the rest of the session is used for hypnosis. At this time, the patient will go through four distinct phases:

  • Induction (start of hypnosis)
  • Deepening (the patient is taken to the level required for therapeutic changes)
  • Therapeutic suggestions (we try to restructure the problem)
  • Deshipnotización (reorient the subject)

Usually the patient takes home a number of therapeutic tasks, which can include listening to recorded audio in the query.

Sometimes hypnosis can be used as a method of screening or diagnosis.


Results of Clinical Hypnosis

The result of this therapy depends on the type of disorder. Overall, the results are better when it comes to an ego - dystonic disorder. For example, the pain, which is something the patient clearly rejects.

Other disorders known as egosyntonic, in which it can enter a patient succeeds voluntary and / or acceptance, such as in smoking behavior.

However, there are other factors that can also influence the effectiveness of this technique. For example, the patient's ability hypnotic understood as a feature may be a modulatory element whole process.

Typically we get better results with more hypnotizable patients, although the issue of assessment of hypnotizability is subject to some controversy.


Contraindications Clinical Hypnosis

Let's consider some pathologies are we conducive to the use of hypnosis, such as:

  • Psychosis, although it is a typical contraindication, is not absolute and depends on the experience of the therapist and the patient have knowledge and technique.
  • We must be cautious in case of hypotension.
  • Age. We exclude children under 6 years and persons whose age suffer some cognitive impairment.

It is essential that when we proceed with hypnosis the patient receives a realistic information about the technique and was able to clear their doubts and fears. You must understand that at no time will lose his will, but it will maintain control of the situation very deep regardless of their status.


Recognition of Clinical Hypnosis

It is accepted that hypnosis can be a catalyst for other psychological techniques, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy. It can also be an adjuvant in some medical techniques, such as chemical combining anesthesia hypnotic anesthetic. In addition, hypnosis provides techniques that are proper and have been used successfully in problems that did not work other resources.

The use of the hypnotic process as a catalyst usually shorten the time needed for therapy, usually mobilize positive expectations of the patient and is very well accepted, because once overcome the possible initial fear, the patient experiences the hypnotic state as very pleasant.

We must emphasize that hypnosis is not today in what "alternative therapies" would be called, although this label can be misleading.

Hypnosis is recognized as a fully - fledged procedure based on scientific principles.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Isidro Pérez Hidalgo

Isidro Pérez Hidalgo is a renowned psychologist from Madrid, a specialist in Clinical Psychology. He is an expert in Clinical Hypnosis, a subject in which he trains other specialists both in Madrid and nationally and internationally.

Founder and director of CHC Psicólogos Madrid, he combines his professional activity with teaching, teaching courses in psychology and breathing techniques for individuals ( Anxiety , Self-esteem and Self-hypnosis ) and Masters in Clinical Hypnosis for health professionals . He has attended numerous talks and events both nationally and internationally and has published several publications, among which "Hypnosis in Clinical Practice, General Techniques (Vol.I)" and "Hypnosis in Clinical Practice. clinics (Vol. II).

Since 2009, Isidro Pérez Hidalgo is president-founder of the Sociedad Hipnológica Científica, a society that brings together different health professionals and researchers.

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