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Hypnosis is a technique of
suggestion that the therapist gives a series of indications the patient
when it is in a hypnotic state that has been induced. Suggestions
that will remind the patient when is the triggering situation in the
therapy session, which will help you to control or modify their
This technique is recommended to treat problems related to mood (anxiety or depression), in cases of improper behavior habits, as at the time of quitting or suede disorders and food, to help control the pain, either acute or chronic processes.
Hypnosis is not a technique that can be used with any person, since it requires a degree of ability to be influenced, for this must be previously evaluated the suggestibility of the patient level. You should also apply when the person you want to change, then no point in one try without truly wanting to or because they see forced by social pressure, since the success of this or other similar techniques are based on the will of the person.
In as to whether to use hypnosis in isolation or in conjunction with other techniques, it depends on professional, some prefer to use only this technique, while others consider most successful accompanied by others seeking to strengthen self-esteem in the fulfillment of the hypnotic suggestions. However, it is proven that hypnosis increases the effectiveness of other therapeutic intervention techniques.
There are countries that have greater presence this technique than in others, but this is not so much to its effectiveness, but rather to the tradition of the country in their application.
The International Handbook of Clinical Hypnosis can be consulted for more knowledge about the clinical application of hypnosis.
Points are discussed two specific cases of application of hypnosis clinic (for stop smoking and weight loss).
What is a session of hypnosis?
Each session of hypnosis can be divided into
three phases, the initial or preparation, where helps the patient to
relax and to induce the hypnotic state; the second, actual suggestion, where is given instructions on how to react to the problem situation; and the third, which is assisted out of the hypnotic state. See them in more detail:
• Preparation phase: the hypnotic sessions begin with a deep relaxation phase, there are several techniques, contraction/relaxation or through visualizations. After that, this is induced hypnotic state through counting backwards, mountain climbing, or accessing an imaginary place where nothing bad can happen.
• Phase of suggestion: once reached the desired state is given the patient a series of indications by way of orders, simple and direct, easy compliance, which will be taken into account when arises the situation problem being treated.
• Completion phase: removed the patient from the hypnotic state, using the procedure of induction in the opposite direction, counting forward, down the mountain or output of special place.
Hypnosis to quit smoking
Some practitioners use hypnosis in patients who want to quit smoking. In
this sense, the first thing that must be taken into account is that
there is a physical component of tobacco addiction, but this just more
than two weeks, after this time, the body will not feel the need for
nicotine. On the other hand, the psychological
component is which causes relapse, because it will is required to remove
a habit we have acquired, whether healthy or not.
Therefore, you have to work with the person from various points of view therapeutic to overcome the natural resistance to change habits, through programs that include several therapeutic techniques. As mentioned above, the efficacy of these treatments increases with the addition of hypnotic sessions.
Normally, in hypnosis to quit smoking are required from five to seven sessions to obtain results, which is give the patient a series of indications to overcome their tendency to smoke while it is in a hypnotic state, while it seeks to reinforce positive thoughts about their own abilities to overcome it without relapsing. Since no doubt the most difficult to deal with is precisely the relapse. If the patient does not believe is hard to avoid it, it will fall, reinforcing in this way your negative thoughts about his inability to quit smoking.
Hypnosis for weight loss
Clinical Hypnosis can also be applied in cases of
obesity, in addition to eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia) where
there is a significant psychological component.
Obesity must be jointly from a fisico-medico and psychological aspect because its origin is also multiple. In psychological treatment, hypnosis, itself, shows limited effect, although it increases considerably its effectiveness applied in conjunction with other treatments-cognitive-behavioral, showing even acceptable long-term effects.
During therapeutic sessions working with the patient gain awareness of their own feelings of satiety and increase their level of self-control, and to teach healthy eating habits. So when the patient is facing the food alone, I can remember these hypnotic suggestions that will help you to overcome your problem.
Also must work creating realistic expectations as well as strengthening the motivation of the patient to avoid relapse, once lost the first kilos.