In a typical hypnosis session the hypnotherapist and client will discuss the intended changes or therapeutic goals desired. The hypnotherapist will ask questions about previous medical history, general health and lifestyle to help decide on the best approach for the individual.
It is used alongside a person’s own willpower and motivation to seek Positive Personal Change. It is often used to help relieve stress, anxiety, aid sleeping, and help clients achieve behavioural change such as stopping smoking, and may also be used to enhance performance in areas such as sport and public speaking. Hypnotherapy may help people to cope with and manage the relief of perceived pain.
Hypnotherapy has also been used to help manage the discomfort associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). There is evidence to support its use in this condition for both adults and children and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Guidance (NICE) recommends that the NHS should consider referring patients for hypnotherapy if their irritable bowel is persistent and has failed to respond to simple prescribed medicine.