Hypnotherapy - the effective way forward
The NHS is only just really coming forward now to put hypnotherapy forward as a possible solution to Irritable Bowel Syndrome, as stress is usually a trigger hypnotherapy comes into its own with teaching a client how to manage stress and therefore their IBS. It needs to be stated that it is a matter of public record that hypnosis has massive clinical benefits, which were documented by doctors back in the late 1800's. (http://www.rebhp.org/articles/Hypnosis-Medical-Scientific-Article.pdf)
It was the government’s decision to keep hypnotherapy as a private/holistic therapy as they didn't foresee a need for doctors being involved in mental health concerns of their patients.
This, for all intents and purposes, has allowed the image of the benefits of the therapy to be marred because of the image portrayed by stage hypnotists - the truth is anyone on stage with a hypnotist has a choice at every step. Even though the people on stage are in a hypnotic state, they could decline any or all suggestions being made by the hypnotist. The hypnotist has, in fact, increased the person's confidence and has removed any fear of being on stage that they may have had before stepping up.
How effective is hypnotherapy compared to other talking therapies?
After surveying over 2000 journal articles, Dr. Alfred Barrios came up with the following recovery rates:
Type of therapy Recovery rates Number of sessions
Hypnotherapy 93% 6
Behaviour therapy 72% 22
Psychoanalysis 38% 600
Talking therapies are far and wide the go-to choice for GP's or physicians to refer those with emotional issues and even though the statistics speak for themselves hypnotherapy still struggles to be seen in a positive light.
Hypnotherapy, along with counselling are not regulated by the government, meaning too many people can pin on the "hypnotherapist" badge without the proper qualifications. Without the education or experience needed they can go on to have limited success causing bad press for those who can and do help others.
If you are looking for a qualified therapist look no further than the hypnotherapy directory, all its members are qualified to a high standard, have all the relevant insurances or are required to be members of a regulatory body.
Please do check the qualifications and insurance of any therapist you are interested in seeing before booking a session - we are here to help you and will be happy to provide them to reassure you.
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About Karen Lee
Karen Lee has always had an interest in helping others help themselves, after two years online voluntary work in a group she set up herself, she is now a qualified hypnotherapist, EMDR specialist and is studying to achieve a BSc hons degree in psychology, looking to become a psychologist in the next few years.