Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Benefits of Hypnotherapy

The demands of the modern world—juggling career, marriage, children, family, health, and financial woes—are more than sufficient to overwhelm our senses, creating a host of emotional tests on our well-being. In our society, we have been groomed to drive ourselves to work hard and study hard without being given an understanding of how to relax and take off the stress on the road towards success. For this reason, many experience the problems which come from an overloaded brain and a too harsh, oftentimes rigid and clinical, lifestyle.

Within this demanding system that focuses on outer achievement, we are rarely taught how to react when adversity strikes. As we face the many twists and turns of life, our emotions become a burden. Left unchecked, they may spin out of control and lead to such problems as anger, anxiety, depression, fear, lack of confidence, low self-esteem, obsessive thoughts, phobias, stress and ailing relationships. Here is a troubling fact: According to Oxford University scientists, due to their stressful lives, 12% of women are less likely to become pregnant. Another stunning statistic relates to how stress and feelings such as tension, anxiety, fear, health issues, insomnia and nervousness, can cause 65% more likelihood of dementia in women. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Stress is a big challenge that impacts our lives and decisions.

Why should one use hypnotherapy? Eliminating stress is the solution. The mind must be retrained to think differently, more positively. Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool designed to provide us this essential relief and to target the emotional turmoil within us. According to research by Dr. Alfred A. Barrios PhD, a clinical psychologist, hypnotherapy is 93% successful within at least six sessions for depression – the heaviest of all emotional issues. Dr. Tracie O’Keefe, a Sydney based therapist and counselor said that hypnotherapy is the quickest therapy for curing phobias in a society that loves a quick-fix. Also, hypnotherapy has proven successful with methadone and other drug addictions, as well as reducing stress and trauma in children prior to an invasive medical procedure. These are only a few examples to show that hypnotherapy can be effective not only with gaining emotional healing and goal fulfillment, but is also used in the medical field to assist with many types of treatments and conditions – such as easing/managing physical symptoms and post-op recovery.
Barrios, A. A. (1970). Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, and Practice, Spring issue.
Mangianello, A.J. (1984). A comparative study of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in the treatment of methadone addicts. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 26(4): 273-9.
Potter, G. (2004). Intensive Therapy: Utilizing Hypnosis in the Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis; Page, R. A. & Handley, G. W. (1993). The use of hypnosis in cocaine addiction. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 36(2):120-3.

John Owens
Clinical Hypnotherapist & Life Coach