Hypnosis: Does It Work?
How Does It Work?
- Focus attention and concentration
- Become absorbed in an activity
- Engage your imagination
- Play a role
- Act upon suggestions
- Trust the hypnotherapist
Who Should Perform Hypnosis?
- Have graduate training from an accredited school
- Have a license in the healthcare field—medicine, psychiatry, psychology, social services, or nursing, for example
- Be a member of professional organizations such as the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the American Psychological Association
Can Hypnosis Really Help Me?
- Psychological problems, such as:
- Pain control
- Skin conditions—certain types of warts, psoriasis
- Smoking cessation
- Weight loss
- Gastrointestinal problems such as irritable bowel syndrome
- Dental procedures—to reduce fear or or to reduce habits, like clenching teeth
- Tension headaches
- Labor and delivery
American Society of Clinical Hypnosis http://www.asch.net
The New England Society of Clinical Hypnosis http://www.nesch.org
Canadian Federation of Clinical Hypnosis http://www.clinicalhypnosis.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Hypnosis today: looking beyond the media portrayal. American Psychological Association website. Available at: http://www.apa.org/topics/hypnosis/media.aspx. Accessed February 6, 2014.
Hypnotherapy. EBSCO Natural and Alternative Treatments website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/academic/natural-alternative-treatments. Updated July 2012. Accessed February 6, 2014.
General Info on Hypnosis. American Society of Clinical Hypnosis website. Available at: http://asch.net/Public/GeneralInfoonHypnosis/DefinitionofHypnosis/tabid/134/Default.aspx. Accessed February 6, 2014.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 02/2014 -
- Update Date: 02/06/2014 -