About Hypnosis for Professionals

This week’s blog addresses health care professionals who have an interest in hypnosis.  My story about my patients' adventures with hypnosis will continue in next week’s blog.


Learning hypnosis by reading about it may not work because the person who is trying to facilitate hypnosis is likely not to know what they are doing.  (It is difficult to learn medical skills only by reading about them.  Supervision by a mentor is essential.)   Working with an inexperienced facilitator might cause harm because a subject may use hypnosis to deal with issues that the facilitator is uncomfortable with.  In such cases a subject may also become quite uncomfortable.  In other situations, hypnosis might not work due to the inexperience of the facilitator.  In such an event, subjects who might greatly benefit from use of hypnosis may decide that hypnosis does not work for them.  This would be most unfortunate, because some problems can be very amenable to use of hypnosis, and may be difficult to resolve by other means.


Many people including myself believe that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, although this idea is controversial.  Given this understanding, whenever I teach hypnosis to patients, I always tell them that they are the ones who are doing it.  The actual “hypnotist” is the subject who is becoming hypnotized.  Further, I always congratulate patients on their successes with hypnosis, because after all, they are the ones who achieve the desired results.


As I am a specialist who takes care of children most of my experiences with hypnosis have involved young people.  Children and adolescents are thought to be exceptionally good at hypnosis.  Therefore, the dramatic results reported in this blog might be more difficult to accomplish in an adult population.  Nevertheless, I believe that most individuals are able to use hypnosis to some degree for significant self-improvement.


My hypnosis work with some of the patients that will be described in this blog takes on a spiritual nature.  This is a reflection of my patients’ interests, as well as my own.  Certainly, discussion of existential questions is not required for hypnosis to be extremely useful.  On the other hand, I believe that hypnosis might be a tool for achieving a better spiritual understanding.  Similarly, hypnosis might be a tool for enhancing creativity as will be demonstrated by some of the patients in future blogs.

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