Facts and Hypnotherapy
Q: When was Hypnotherapy first used?
Hypnosis has very ancient roots in Europe and many parts of the world. Records of hypnotism, the study and practice of hypnosis, go back at least 3,000 years.
Q: Does it work?
Hypnotherapy provides a dynamic approach to the understanding and healing of the roots of psychological problems and create changes in mental processes and behaviours. Hypnosis, in skilled hands,enables an individual to tap into the minds power to assist the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Hypnosis can be used for performance enhancement in virtually any field of human activity. It has been described as the most effective method known to mankind to uncover and use the deep potential of the mind for therapeutic change and for personal development. There is an abundance of clinical and experimental results that attests to the efficacy of hypnotic procedures for many applications. The effectiveness of this ancient art is amply supported by many kinds of evidence over a long period of time including documented Western medical and psychological case studies. Hypnotherapy is increasingly being seen by the general public and professionals alike as an effective therapy for a wide variety of psychological and behavioral problems and to assist various psychosomatic health problems. It is in high demand in such areas as stress management, personal development and performance enhancement in a wide variety of fields, including sports, education and business. Many great achievers in human history have attributed their successes to their ability to tap into their subconscious resources by hypnosis and hypnotic-like procedures.
Q: Is it safe?
Hypnosis is a natural state and as such is essentially safe and compared to many orthodox clinical methods is remarkably risk-free. Assessment of the risks of hypnosis by medical and psychological committees have concluded that hypnosis is essentially a safe and beneficial procedure and carries no greater risks than those associated with other psychological therapy methods.
Q: How does it work?
Understanding of hypnosis has increased in the last 150 years in the West and knowledge of the dynamics and effects of subconscious processes and the means by which they may be influenced by hypnosis has advanced considerably.
Scientific studies have now begun to provide some insights into the mechanisms by which hypnosis can produce its undeniable effects. Aspects of hypnosis remain incompletely understood but this is not surprising given our incomplete understanding of the nervous system and human psychological processes. Results that have long been seen by effective hypnotherapists are now being confirmed by sophisticated neurological research methods – that significant changes occur in the nervous system when attitudes and beliefs are changed in human beings, and hypnotherapy is a powerful method of bringing about that change.
Q: How many practising Hypnotherapists?
Virtually impossible to say for sure. Probably 10,000 – 15,000 actually practicing. Some don’t continue long in practice or see very few clients possible due to being poorly trained or for other reasons.
Q: What are some of the uses of hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy has been successfully applied in the following areas:
- Psychological and emotional problems
- Physical health and as an adjunct to various medical treatments
- Sports and athletic performance
- Professional coaching
- Business enterprises
- Stress management
Q: Is there a single or primary official regulatory body for hypnotherapy?
There is no legislation from the UK government that regulates the standard of hypnotherapy training courses. The search for competent teaching needs to be very thorough to avoid spending time and money on incompetent training. There is no official regulatory body or mandatory academic standards for hypnotherapy in the UK, only various competing organizations with official-sounding names and a variety of claims about setting and maintaining standards. Terms such as “accredited”, “certified”, “qualified”, “registered” or “recognised” may be used to suggest an official recognition for a hypnotherapist or hypnotherapy organization which is not the case. “Accreditation” or “Certification” programmes are sometimes advertised promising therapeutic competence after trainings of as little as 40 or 50 hours of hypnotherapy content. It is not uncommon for trainers to have far less than the desirable length and depth of clinical experience to be an effective teacher. This means they are teaching primarily from theory from books or a course they have attended rather than extensive hours of clinical experience.
Q: Why are you in the forefront of this field?
Our training is both comprehensive and in-depth with highly experienced and proven teaching. Our serious approach to hypnotherapy is also reflected in the 200 hours of intensive training in core hypnotherapy methods as the basic training required for effective learning in this field. This is supplemented by additional hours of home study and practice. We offer additional seminars and courses to add to the 200 hours of classroom contact. We have both yours and your clients’ long-term interests in mind by asking you to make this commitment of time. From experience we believe that this time is necessary for your learning so that it becomes natural to you and effective with your clients, a seamless blending of your own personality and your new skills. The results our graduates can achieve with clients often motivates hypnotherapists previously trained in a different school to undertake training with us. We teach all major applications of hypnotherapy in our courses with effective practical methods to address emotional and behavioural problems, to assist with various psychosomatic health problems, for pain management, performance enhancement in many fields and for self-understanding and personal development. We particularly emphasise the use of in-depth analytical hypnotherapy and advanced medical hypnotherapy in our training. Our therapeutic approach is designed to deal with deeper emotional factors in psychological problems and change the emotionally-based negative scripts and beliefs that limit the client which in certain cases cannot be sufficiently changed by intellectually-based conscious thinking methods. These features and other aspects of our training clearly demonstrate hypnotherapy as extremely different from the very basic forms of suggestion therapy or other much less effective amalgamations of elementary techniques sometimes classified as hypnotherapy.
Q: Is hypnotherapy acceptable to major religions?
Hypnosis is accepted by all major religions. It is seen by many religious and spiritual groups as a natural state and gift to mankind. No major religious writings argue against hypnosis or hypnotic procedures and the Catholic church among various religions is favourable to its use by properly trained individuals. There are Biblical warnings against certain occult practices but these practices have absolutely no relationship to hypnotherapy procedures.
Q: Why has hypnosis exerted such a fascination among the public over such a long time?
It shows the inherent power and potential in the human mind. Some academic theoreticians have sought to explain it in terms of combinations of more familiar processes of role-enactment and cognitive processes while other academics and researchers have rejected this socio-cognitive paradigm as only a partial and inadequate explanation of hypnosis. The power of hypnosis as evidenced by the results it produces in various applications has been the reason for its staying power among the public. More recently there has been a resurgence of interest in hypnosis in the medical and scientific community with much new research supporting the idea that hypnosis can produce psychological and neurological changes not predicted by a socio-cognitive model alone. We believe that hypnotherapy, properly used, is the most effective method yet discovered to draw upon the deep subconscious resources of every person to help them to live fuller, happier, more successful lives.
Q: When was the first documented use of hypnotherapy?
Probably around 1500BC – the Ebers papyrus in ancient Egypt. In the West, Mesmerism or Animal Magnetismas, the forerunner of modern hypnotherapy was first fully outlined as a therapeutic system in 1779
Q: Where did it originate?
In the West, modern hypnotherapy had its origins in the work of Franz Mesmer, a Viennese physician practicing in the 18th century. Mesmer’s methods were known as Animal Magnetism or Mesmerism.
Q: When was the first documented use of hypnosurgery?
In the West, although some earlier references to its use exist, the first major written report of it was in the case of a mastectomy operation by the surgeon, Jules Cloquet, in 1829.
Q: Has hypnosurgery been used to avoid anaesthetic completely?
Yes! In the 19th Century it was used by some doctors prior to the introduction of chemical anaesthetics. In the last 50 years there have been instances of invasive surgeries where it was used to replace chemical anaesthetics completely. In the case of John Butler, the course director, he has used it in this way on various occasions, including by means of self-hypnosis, and in the first live TV broadcast of a Hypnosurgery performed with no artificial chemicals of any kind on a patient in April 2006.