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Does Hypnotherapy Work and What Types of Situations Call for this Method of Ther

  1. J.S.Matthew profile image82
    J.S.Matthewposted 5 years ago

    Does Hypnotherapy Work and What Types of Situations Call for this Method of Therapy?

  2. Jonesy0311 profile image60
    Jonesy0311posted 5 years ago

    I would never do it myself. All a therapist has to do, intentionally or unintentionally, is ask loaded or suggestive questions in order to insert or alter memories. This is why we saw a rash of unsubstantiated incest and sexual abuse cases in the 90s. Hypnotherapy, like many other pseud-scientific enterprises, is not harmless.

  3. visionandfocus profile image71
    visionandfocusposted 5 years ago

    I just finished reading an excellent book by Dr Brian Roet called "Understanding hypnosis : a practical guide to the health-giving benefits of hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis". He describes both the theory behind hypnotherapy as well as its practical applications (relief of pain, phobias, insomnia, PTSD, etc). I would suggest you read this book and a few more before you come to a conclusion about its validity. Having said that, I should remind you that hypnosis has been used for many years in both medicine and dentistry to facilitate analgesia, anaesthesia, and there is actually a regulatory body in the UK for medical and dental practitioners who utilize hypnosis in the treatment of their patients.

  4. CRe8tiVeLiFe profile image82
    CRe8tiVeLiFeposted 5 years ago

    As a therapist, this is not a technique I am trained in nor am i comfortable using. For me, I think it's important for a client to have control over what he or she reveals about him or herself in that person's own time.

    I have, however, heard of it working and some therapists swear by it. In some cases, this helps with OCD symptoms and smoking cessation. I have also had client who rave about this and believe this is the way to go with things like getting rid of bad habits and revealing repressed memories.

    There are no "rights" or "wrongs" when it comes to therapy methods as long as they are done ethically by trained professionals. It's more about what the client is comfortable with. Fortunately, therapists have specialties and there are many who specialize in this type of intervention and have conducted it quite successfully.

    Long and short of it? Not for me (as the client or the therapist). But it can and has worked for many.

 
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