Dr. Robert Heller – Hypnosis Therapist, Boca Raton Psychologist
Dr.Robert Heller, psychologist, Boca Raton, Florida. www.cognitivetherapy.cc.
As a psychologist who uses hypnosis, I find people have lots of questions and hold many myths about hypnosis. Here are some common questions and answers regarding hypnosis:
1. How is it hypnosis is advertised for so many conditions? Hypnosis is a tool. Anything treated with hypnosis can be treated without it although, not always as rapidly or successfully. Anyone using this method with patients should be first trained and licensed in their profession- psychology, psychiatry, social work, dentistry etc. and then receive specialized training in the use of hypnosis.
2. What is hypnosis? This approach is a state of heightening suggestibility that combines deep relaxation with specific suggestions and images to help develop changes in how a person thinks, feels and acts.
3.What is a post hypnotic suggestion? When in a hypnotic state a suggestion is given so that a cue given in the trance will be more likely reproduced in the natural state. For example, for someone who make grind their teeth at night during sleep, the suggestion might be, “during sleep, if at any time your upper and lower teeth come together, you will immediately relax your jaw, your lips will become loose and your teeth will come apart”.
4. How can you tell if someone can be induced into hypnosis? Probably 90% of us can be induced and benefit from hypnosis if we are motivated to do so. No one can be hypnotized against their will nor made to do something they would not do if they were not hypnotized.
5. Are there side effects from hypnosis? When used by and with a trained mental health professional skilled in its use and the clinical problem being addressed, the approachs is quite safe.
7. Are there different types of hypnosis? There are different applications of the hypnotic method. For example, it can be used to explore early memories and connections between past experiences and present behavior. It can be used in a general way to teach and facilitate relaxation. It can be used in giving direct suggestions to change thoughts, feelings and actions.
8. How long does hypnosis last? Usually, patients are encouraged to practice self-hypnosis to strengthen and reinforce the suggestions they receive during their treatment session. The benefits may be temporary or more permanent depending on the patient, the problem and life circumstances.
9. How common is the use of hypnosis? I use this method with a 50% of my patients, usually as an adjunct or the therapy I am providing. By the number of books and articles and interest in complimentary medicine, hypnosis appears to be widely used and growing as a treatment modality.
10. What type of training is needed to do hypnosis? The practicing of hypnosis is not regulated and anyone can claim to do hypnosis with little or no training. Some organizations provide training to non-mental health professionals. One of the most respected professional training organizations for mental health professionals, medical doctors and dentists is ASCH (American Society for Clinical Hypnosis.)