What are the uses for hypnosis therapy and how can clinical hypnosis help you? Let us count the ways. Well, some of the ways, because if we tried to cover all of them we would run out of space.
Start with changing behaviours that are bad for you, like smoking, overeating, or drinking too much. They actually, for most people, have three causes; and hypnosis and hypnotherapy offer a way to get at all three.
First, and most obvious, is the craving. You wouldn’t just like a piece of pie, you need that piece of pie. You don’t just feel like a smoke, you’ve gotta have that smoke. One drink will never do it, a couple or six is the answer. Those cravings nag at you, they gnaw at your brain cells. Hypnosis stops the craving in its tracks. With hypnosis therapy you can block the cravings out and not feel them.
The second thing is the habit. Habits are strong things, and they don’t go away easily; but hypnosis therapy will let you step away from them, ignore them, and replace bad habits with good ones. They you can be enjoying the good ones while you watch the bad ones wither and die.
The third thing involves underlying causes. A bad habit is often just camouflage for negative feelings under the surface. You indulge in the habit so that you won’t have to notice that you are anxious, or angry or depressed. The uses for hypnosis and hypnotherapy help get past the surface and down inside where those feelings are hiding, and offer ways to alleviate them. That makes a huge difference; happy people don’t do things to harm themselves.
One of the other major uses for hypnosis and hypnotherapy is dealing with phobias. A phobia is a specific fear that is so strong that you cannot ignore it. Sometimes it isn’t a problem. For instance, if you have a polar bear phobia but you live in Queensland, your phobia doesn’t matter. But what if you have a phobic fear of flying, and your job requires that you climb into an airplane on a regular basis? Then you’ve got a problem. Hypnosis is a sovereign cure for phobias.
Pain is yet another place where hypnosis and hypnotherapy have a long history of usefulness. Surgeons were using hypnotic analgesia as far back as the nineteenth century, and having a lot of success. Hypnosis therapy not only stopped the pain, but reduced the rate of infection in patients. Today drugs are more commonly used for pain, but some people cannot take them, and in those cases hypnosis can be an option. It also is a lifesaver for people with chronic pain, and helps them cut down or even do away with their need for pain-killing drugs.
These are just a few of the uses for hypnosis and hypnotherapy. There are many others, things like increasing learning ability and pumping up your athletic chops. So the next time you are dealing with a need or desire to change something in your life, ask yourself if you might benefit from a call to your nearest clinical hypnotist.