Does Hypnosis work?

How Well Does Hypnosis work? A Comparison Study

A survey of psychotherapy literature by noted psychologist Alfred A. Barrios, Ph.D. revealed the following recovery rates:

Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions
Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions
Hypnotherapy 93% recovery after 6 sessions – American Health Magazine

If you’ve ever seen hypnotism used as entertainment in a stage act, you’ve probably witnessed several of the myths or misconceptions about hypnosis in action. Legitimate clinical hypnotherapy practiced by a qualified professional is not the same process as that performed on stage.

TherapyOne misconception is that when you’re in hypnosis, the hypnotherapist controls youThe reality is you do hypnosis voluntarily for yourself. A hypnotherapist only serves as a knowledgeable guide or facilitator.

Another misconception is that when you’re in hypnosis, you surrender your free will. The truth is that hypnosis is heightened state of concentration and focused attention.  When you’re in hypnosis, you don’t lose your personality, your free will or your personal strength.

Hypnosis is an old word used to describe an even older naturally-occurring state of mind. Everyone experiences this state each day. Daydreaming; being completely absorbed in thought, reading, sometimes while watching television or during artistic expression; and drifting off to sleep at night – all are benefits of our natural ability to enter an altered state of mind.

When used therapeutically, this altered state of mind (hypnosis) features profound relaxation of body and mind. In this state, a highly productive, laser-like focus of attention can be guided by the hypnotherapist to help you achieve your important goals, such as programming better habits, uncovering personal truths, improving health, and becoming happier.

Clinical hypnotherapy takes it a step further and, working with your doctor’s care, can help you accelerate healing and eliminate pain.

Hypnotic trance is achieved when the client follows the hypnotherapist’s instructions. Some people find it most effective to repeat the instructions in their minds with a “yes” mindset, wanting to experience hypnotic relaxation and knowing that it will happen. In this sense, it is self-hypnosis.

Each person’s experience of hypnosis is unique and it can change from one session to the next. Some people experience a lightness, some people experience a lethargic feeling- It’s different from person to person. The potential of the subconscious mind unfolds more with each session. The client is always in control of his or her experience and results.