Is Hypnosis Part of Your Health Care Strategy?
The use and acceptance of hypnosis as a viable method of complementary health care is on the rise. I recently read a newspaper article from the 1970’s, entitled Police Told Perils of Hypnosis, which gave the strong impression that hypnosis was dangerous and not to be messed with. Thank goodness, things have changed since then!
Thanks to TV and radio ads for hypnosis, and the barrage of “Groupon” type discounts for hypnosis, the public in general is becoming less skeptical of its value and legitimacy. The word “hypnosis” is becoming more mainstream, less suspicious for many.
The general public knows very little about hypnosis. When people find out what I do for a living at Intuitive Hypnosis in Portland, Oregon, there are two standard questions they ask me: 1) does that stuff really work? And 2) you’re not going to make me quack like a duck are you? My answers are, 1) Yes it really works or I’d be out of business, and 2) I hadn’t planned on asking you to quack like a duck, but if I were to ask you to quack like a duck, what would it sound like? The questioner then says, “Quack,” to which I reply, “Well done.” Now what else would you like to talk about?
As our culture continues to grow and change, we cast a wider net in regard to the search for answers to our health care problems. Just like all health care options, many of them work for a lot of people, but none of them work for everyone. The fact is, many, many people have been helped with hypnosis whether they are seeking relief from a nail biting habit, a smoking habit, painless child birth, weight loss, sleep problems, fears, and more.
According to the American Psychological Association “Even though stage hypnotists and TV shows have damaged the public image of hypnosis, a growing body of scientific research supports its benefits in treating a wide range of conditions, including pain, depression, anxiety, and phobias.”
What Hypnosis Is and Is Not
Hypnosis is a safe and effective means of habit change. There are no negative side effects from the use of hypnosis. You can never get stuck in hypnosis, nor can you be made to do anything against your nature while under hypnosis. Hypnosis is not a truth serum; in fact, you can even lie while in hypnosis.
The only real danger of hypnosis is working with an unqualified, poorly trained hypnotist. This is true of any profession – acupuncturist, massage therapist, chiropractor, and so on.
If you are considering hypnosis as part of your health care strategy, chose a Consulting Hypnotist who has had proper training, and is certified through the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH). Some of you may know that in addition to my private practice at Intuitive Hypnosis, I am also the owner of, and instructor at, the Portland School of Hypnosis. Not only am I a certified hypnosis instructor with the NGH, I am a certified teacher with the state of Oregon as well.
Not all Consulting Hypnotists are Therapists
The Consulting Hypnotist certification does not confer the status of therapist. My students are well instructed in the art of hypnosis, and trained to know that when a client presents issues that are beyond their skill level, they are to refer them to a licensed professional therapist. I, as well as my students, have a resource pool of professionals that we refer to when client needs exceed our expertise.
At the Portland School of Hypnosis there is growing interest in hypnosis training from professional counselors, therapists, and other health care providers. The demographics of hypnosis students at the Portland School of Hypnosis include psychologists, therapists, social workers, chiropractors, research scientists, massage therapists, EMTs, nurses, teachers, business owners, and more. People are realizing that hypnosis is real, and yes, it does work!!!
More and more professionals are seeking to add the skill of hypnosis to their toolbox as more and more of the general public is asking for hypnosis as part of their health care treatment. The current research findings on hypnosis are helping to take it out of the realm of the occult or the mystical, and placing it in the realm of a legitimate, scientific, health care option. For example, again from the American Psychological Association, “Hypnosis helps patients to reduce their distress and have positive expectations about the outcomes of surgery.”
If you are interested in using hypnosis, give it a try. It’s safe, effective, and often leads to a quick result. Do your research in regard to choosing a Consulting Hypnotist. Find one that you trust, is a member in good standing with the NGH, and truly understands your desired outcome. Most Consulting Hypnotists offer a free consultation. Take advantage of this and find a hypnotist that you feel comfortable with. You’ll be glad you did!