When Deciding If Hypnotherapy Is Right For You

The majority of people can be hypnotized, but hypnosis may not be beneficial for patients who experience psychotic symptoms or have a history of alcohol or drug abuse. If you want to break other addictive behaviors like overeating or smoking, hypnotherapy can make it easier to change your habits.

Are You a Candidate for Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is commonly used to break bad habits and eliminate unwanted thought processes. Hypnotherapists will give you an examination prior to trance hypnosis to ensure the problem is of a psychosomatic nature, and not physical.

Hypnotherapy has been used to treat many different psychological and physical conditions including:

  • Addictions, like smoking or overeating
  • Chronic stress
  • Digestive disorders, such as chronic indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome
  • Insomnia
  • Pain Ailments, like tension headaches and fibromyalgia
  • Skin Problems, such as warts, acne and eczema.
  • While hypnotherapy can be used to treat more serious psychological conditions, medical consult and conventional treatment is highly recommended.

    Determining Hypnotic Susceptibility
    No one can be hypnotized if they don’t want to be, and some individuals are not susceptible to hypnosis at all. Hypnotherapists commonly use one of two tests to determine whether a patient will respond to hypnosis: the Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility (HGSS) and the Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale (SHSS).

    Both tests gauge a patient’s response to simple physical prompts which measure his ability to be hypnotized.

    How Much Does Hypnotherapy Cost?
    The cost of hypnotherapy varies depending on the practitioner and the nature of your ailment. Preliminary sessions may cost $50, but experienced hypnotherapists could charge as much as $500. You may also be eligible for a tax credit if you use hypnotherapy to quit smoking or to lose weight. Check with your doctor to see if you’re a candidate.

    Risks of Hypnotherapy
    Though rare, false memories are a risk of hypnotherapy treatment, and can be psychologically damaging. To limit your risk, choose an experienced hypnotherapist. If you have a history of drug use, depression, or mental illness, it may increase your risk of false memories. Ask your primary care physician for advice.

    Many patients with chronic stress-related phobias are entrenched in negative routine behavior that is effectively treated with hypnotic trance therapy. When deciding if hypnotherapy is right for you, you may ask yourself, “how does hypnotherapy work?