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People seek the assistance of a Hypnotherapist to assist them with many different issues. Sometimes it is in an area where it is known that hypnotherapy can help and other times there is little evidence other than anecdotal. The issue is confused because hypnotherapy is not just hypnotic suggestion and hypnotic analysis, as some hypnotherapists incorrectly profess, but a mixture of approaches, both cognitive and behavioural, that are enhanced by the use of hypnosis.
A Complementary Therapy not an Alternative to Medical Treatment
Although hypnosis is being used increasingly within the NHS, the golden rule to remember is that hypnotherapy is a complementary approach not an alternative to proper medical care. The meaning is that the therapy attempts to fill in the gaps that medical science cannot. This definition is actually confused by the NHS who define hypnotherapy under the heading of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Your hypnotherapist will expect that you have consulted your GP in respect to medical issues and will check that you have done so. In some circumstances your hypnotherapist will need to work with your doctor and your doctor’s treatment will always take precedence over any hypnotherapy.
There are pages on this website dedicated to some of the issues listed below. You can find these pages either by consulting the menus at the top and side of this page or by using the search function.
Problems Addressed by Hypnotherapy according to the British Hypnotherapy Association
Back in 2003 MSN published an article on hypnotherapy and obtained from the British Hypnotherapy Association a list of problems that the association believed could be addressed using hypnotherapy. The article is, unfortunately, no longer available online but the list of problems that they said could be addressed using hypnotherapy was as follows:
Accident proneness, agoraphobia, alcoholism, allergies, amnesia, anxiety, anorexia, asthma, bed-
Stephen Rigby has been consulted in respect to most of the issues listed and a few of them have links to specific pages on his website.
There have obviously been significant developments and research since this list was first created: such as the work in Canada that proved how effective hypnosis is in addressing hot flushes and the work done in Japan that showed that hypnosis might double the effectiveness of IVF treatment.
One might add to this list many times over, claiming hypnotherapy can be effective in addressing:
Evidence for the Effectiveness of Hypnotherapy
It is important to remain realistic when one seeks the assistance of a hypnotherapist. If they can help it is because there is some psychological connection to the complaint to be addressed. The science of Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) indicates this connection is much wider than originally thought but that does not mean that hypnotherapy is a miracle cure. All of the case studies on this site are genuine but not everyone thinks the same and all conditions do not have the same cause so not everyone can expect a similar outcome.
If you would like more information on how hypnotherapy might help, just ring Stephen Rigby on 01483 566115, contact him via the question page or book an appointment at his Guildford or Woking, Surrey practice. Remember you can also get a free half hour introductory session at Stephen's main Guildford practice.
What can Hypnotherapy be used to address?
Hypnotherapy is not just hypnosis. A good Hypnotherapist employs many different cognitive and behavioural approaches to therapy. Evidence is that hypnosis enhances other therapeutic approaches and this may account for the fact that if Stephen Rigby can help you, it will generally take four sessions or less.