HYPNOTHERAPY Vera Peiffer BA (Psych) FAPHP TFT (Accr.) MFHT
Research has focused on a variety of physical functions which are measured before, during and after hypnosis and found that, while a person is in hypnosis, the breathing rate and heart beat slow down, the bronchi of the lungs dilate, blood pressure drops and the production of stomach acid is reduced. Scientists have observed that, even in people who experience only a light trance, white blood cells cling more firmly to blood vessels, which is thought to increase the body’s immune efficiency. The body also produces more immune-enhancing lymphocytes while under hypnosis which could explain why hypnosis has been used successfully in the treatment of cancerous cells.
Pain reduction through hypnosis
Lanfranco RC, Canales-Johnson A, Huepe D (2014) Hypnoanalgesia and the study of pain experience: from Cajal to modern neuroscience.’ Front.Psychology Sept 30, 5 -1126.
Readjusting distorted perceptions through hypnosis
Woodard FJ (2014) ‘Perceptually-oriented hypnosis: removing a socially learned pathology and developing adequacy: the case of invisible girl.’ Psychol Rep 115(2); 545-64.
Skill enhancement through hypnosis
Sroka G, Arnon Z, Laniado M, Schiff E, Matter I (2014) ‘Hypnosis-induced mental training improves performance on the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) simulator.’ Surg Endosc. Oct 11.
Effectiveness of hypnosis for IBS
Lee HH, Choi YY, Choi G (2014) ‘The efficay of hypnotherapy in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis.’ J Neurogastroenterol Motil 20(2); 152-62.
Overcoming dental phobia with hypnosis
Facco F, Zanette G, Casiglia E (2014) ‘The role of hypnotherapy in dentistry.’ SAAD Dig. 30:3-6.
Hypnosis to help childhood anxiety
Kaiser P (2014) ‘Childhood anxiety and psycho-physiological reactivity: hypnosis to build discrimination and self-regulation skills.’ Am J Clin Hypn.56(4); 343-67.
Research into brain activity during hypnosis
Vanhaudenhuyse A, Laureys S, Faymonville ME (2014) ‘Neurophysiology of hypnosis.’ Neurophysiol Clin. 44(4); 343-53.
This is mainly used for straightforward problem areas such as smoking, weight loss, nail-biting, bed-wetting and simple fears. In many cases, only one or two sessions are necessary, but the number of sessions depends very much on the individual client and on the background to their problem.
During a session of suggestion therapy, I will help you into a relaxed and focused state of mind and then give you suggestions that help you change a particular behaviour or reaction. While in hypnosis, suggestions are more easily accepted because the critical faculties of the conscious mind are partially suspended. Imagine that the conscious mind is a watchdog in front of the gates to the subconscious. By me helping you into hypnosis, the watch-dog of the conscious mind is calmed down so it goes and lies down to doze while I go quietly past it and deliver positive suggestions to your subconscious mind for storage. These post-hypnotic suggestions can then later on be carried out in reality.
Analytical hypnotherapy is also known as hypno-analysis. Its objective is to discover the underlying reason for a presenting symptom and, by working through the cause, making this symptom redundant.
Analytical hypnotherapy is centered around the client’s memories and consequently requires the client to speak during hypnosis. While you are in hypnosis, your concentration is better and your powers of recall are much enhanced so that it becomes easier to access events that happened in the past. I can then help the client to work through the memories, using visualization and other techniques, so that they can allow the old memories to go back into the past where they belong, without hindering the client’s personal development any longer.
When a client comes to me with a problem that requires hypno-analysis, I always teach them self-hypnosis in their first session. That way , my client can practice at home how to go into hypnosis easily and effortlessly as and when they want. In order to achieve this, the client receives a self-hypnosis CD to practice with. This CD is included in the fee for the first session.