Facing Your Fears: Does Hypnotherapy Work?
If you’ve ever wondered does hypnotherapy work?, you’ve probably been hoping that it might be the solution for you. Perhaps you have a bad habit that you’d like to overcome, such as smoking or nail biting? You might have wondered whether hypnotherapy could help with your weight loss goals, when nothing else seems to be effective. Or, perhaps, you’ve got a debilitating fear, which there seems to be no effective way to overcome. If you’ve ever wondered whether you should try hypnotherapy to face your fears – read on.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy has a long history, dating back to the middle ages and as some historians suggest, even earlier. The term ‘hypnosis’ only came into common usage however, in the late 1800s. Hypnotherapy refers to the practice of performing hypnosis within a therapeutic setting. Hypnosis is achieved by taking the mind to a deep state of relaxation which allows for the exploration of the subconscious.
Hypnotherapy allows your therapist to work directly with the subconscious mind, to determine ingrained thoughts and patterns of behaviour which you might hope to change. In a safe environment, a trained hypnotherapist works with you to uncover the true, underlying reasons behind your fears, or ‘bad habits’ and more, before reprogramming those thoughts and behaviours into more helpful .
What are phobias?
Phobias are irrational fears, which can often be debilitating, and are experienced by many Australians. In fact, as many as one in ten people in Australia suffer from a phobia. While feeling anxious, scared or worried about a certain object or situation may be rational when an actual threat is posed, phobias are characterised by their irrationality, and for the inability of the sufferer to overcome them despite consciously realising that the threat is not real.
Despite being quite common, phobias are remarkably misunderstood conditions. The effects of a phobia on a person’s life can be many and varied, and may include:
- Mild to severe panic when encountering or even just thinking about the object of fear
- Inability to function at work, at home, or in social situations due to the fear
- Alienation from friends, family and colleagues, due to the limiting nature of the fear
- Loss of work, or relationships due to the fear
- Development of the fear until it becomes unmanageable
Does hypnotherapy work?
Many people ask themselves does hypnotherapy work? before trying it for themselves. Hypnotherapy is now widely accepted as an effective treatment for many conditions, including phobias. The success rate of fully-qualified and experienced hypnotherapists is staggeringly high. Here at Integrated Health Specialists, our hypnotherapy programs have a success rate of up to 100% for certain conditions. We offer hypnotherapy programs for:
- Weight loss, fitness, binge eating and cravings
- Smoking cessation
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Phobias and fears, eg. fear of flying, spiders, needles etc.
- Increasing assertiveness
- Insomnia and sleep difficulties
- Improving self-confidence and self-esteem
- Performance enhancement
- Improving motivation and reducing procrastination
- Improving study habits and academic performance
- Public speaking
- Pain management
- Nervous habits and unwanted repeated behaviours, eg. nail biting, trichotillomania etc.
Often used in conjunction with counselling, hypnotherapy is an extremely effective tool in overcoming difficulties which are hard to manage with medication, or via other treatment methods. At Integrated Health Specialists, our hypnotherapy programs help to align the subconscious and conscious minds.
When the subconscious mind is out of sync with our conscious desires, we can struggle to achieve our goals, or overcome our troubles. During our programs, we work first on getting to the heart of the issue, uncovering those subconscious thoughts and behavioural patterns which do not align with your conscious needs and desires. Over three hypnotherapy sessions, we begin to align the mind, and we may even incorporate other therapies such as Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) or Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), depending on your needs.
As an anxiety-related condition, phobias respond particularly well to hypnotherapy. In fact, our average rate of success for overcoming phobias with hypnotherapy is 93%. To help you to maintain results, we also equip you with a personalised hypnotherapy recording which you take home with you once you’ve completed your hypnotherapy sessions with our qualified hypnotherapist. If you suffer from a debilitating phobia and you’ve ever wondered does hypnotherapy work?, now is the time to get in touch. Try hypnotherapy for yourself, and see just how incredible the results can be.