When the subject of hypnotherapy comes up, chances are you either picture a swinging pocket watch or some other kind of pendulum, and a hapless audience member dancing around like a chicken on-stage, all in the name of entertainment. Neither of these preconceptions is true, however.
Cognitive hypnotherapy Adelaide fuses cognitive behavioural therapy and hypnosis with theories based on modern neuroscience. Did you know that we all go into a natural hypnotic trance at least once a day? It’s what happens when you’re so absorbed in a book or film that you don’t notice how much time has passed by.
It's this natural state of mind that is used in cognitive hypnotherapy, where you neither lose control nor are put under anyone else’s control.
Is there any proof about this?
Controlled experiments showed that hypnosis can reduce anxiety (particularly before any medical procedures), although there's still lingering doubt that the hypnotic state actually exists.
However, scientific research has become more credible, all thanks to the latest brain imaging technology. Brain scans even prove that hypnotized people are more susceptible to hypnotic suggestions.
Where does it originate?
In the 18th century, Austrian doctor Franz Anton Mesmer utilized magnets to practice a form of hypnotism (hence the term “mesmerising”). His patients claimed that they felt zero pain while being treated under this trance.
Later on, Mesmer was dismissed as a charlatan. However, his methods have since been investigated and developed into the form of hypnotherapy you know as cognitive hypnotherapy.
Who can perform it?
All of us see the world in many different ways, so hypnotherapy works to readjust your particular reference frame. There's no one way to treat stress or to encourage relaxation, it would all depend on the way you see things – your model of the world.
As part of the session, the client is provided with a ‘toolkit’ for the mind. This will allow them to use different tools to ‘fix’ various mental states. So, the theory here is that every single person has the ability to adapt to brand new mental tools, and anyone can be hypnotised. You just have to be open to the process.
So there you have it. These are just some of the basics you need to know about cognitive hypnotherapy. What's more there are a couple of different types, like cognitive hypnotherapy for weight loss, breaking addictions, and for building self-confidence as well.