The medical practice of Hypnotherapy was first recognised and approved by the British medical Association (BMA) in 1892. This was reinforced in 1955 within the publication of a BMA working party report which recommended that the therapeutic benefits of hypnosis, such as pain relief, should be taught to all medical undergraduates. Since then the use of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy in the UK has grown steadily and now sits alongside other mainstream treatments.
Hypnotherapy is a combination of Psychotherapy and Hypnosis. The Psychotherapy in itself is extremely beneficial and its effects are enhanced by the application of Hypnosis, which enables the subconscious mind to make beneficial changes.
Misconceptions about the nature of Hypnotherapy are common place. Many people believe that Hypnotherapy is something that is “done” to them, that they explain their issue to the therapist who then simply hypnotises their problem away. Unfortunately this is not simple. Therepeutic hypnosis does not involve one person exerting control over another. Hypnotherapy is not something that is done to you, it is a collaboration, a therapeutic alliance between therapist and client. It is important to understand that change happens because you want it to, and the only changes that can happen are the ones you want. Therapeutic hypnosis does not induce unconsciousness; awareness is maintained throughout and a memory of the experience is retained.