+27 11 656 1058
42a East Road, Morningside Manor
Sandton Wellness Centre
+27 11 656 1058
42a East Road, Morningside Manor
Sandton Wellness Centre
Sandton Wellness Centre

Clinical Hypnotherapy

What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis tends to be shrouded in a sense of mystery and intrigue. Hypnosis is, in fact, a very normal phenomenon which occurs naturally for us all on a daily basis at various levels, for example, daydreaming, or going into ‘auto-pilot’ when driving home from work.

Milton Erickson defined hypnosis as:

"A state of intensified attention and receptiveness, and an increased responsiveness to an idea or to a set of ideas."

Hypnosis can be used therapeutically to allow clients to adjust unhelpful thinking patterns, overcome negative behavioural habits and to develop new helpful behaviours which allow them to achieve their goals and feel more healthy and balanced. Hypnosis works by allowing clients to access their inner resources and to make positive shifts in deep core beliefs which they hold about themselves, other people, the world and the future. Hypnosis can help clients to let go of old hurts and resentments and to resolve unfinished business which is holding them back. It can also help them to learn the critical skill of relaxation - hypnosis is particularly effective for stress and anxiety management.

Key Facts About Hypnosis

  • Hypnosis is a heightened state of awareness or concentrated attention.
  • Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state and ranges from daydreaming to deeper inner focus.
  • During hypnosis, the body relaxes, blood pressure and heart rate become lowered, and there are changes in the frequencies of brain waves associated with relaxation (i.e., movement from Beta to slower Alpha and Theta frequencies).
  • The conscious mind becomes less active and the subconscious mind becomes more focused.
  • During hypnosis, clients may be more open to helpful suggestions which can lead to improvements in symptoms and positive behavioural change.
  • You are always in control – all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The hypnotherapist cannot control your mind or force you to perform actions which you do not wish to. You can come out of hypnosis at any point which you choose.
  • Hypnosis is not ‘magic’ – it is a therapeutic technique which can facilitate positive cognitive and behavioural changes – it requires commitment and sustained effort in implementing these changes.

How Does Hypnosis Feel?

Hypnosis is a very natural state of mind. It can feel similar to when you drift off to sleep at night - that stage when you are not quite awake and not yet asleep. You may feel a sense of weightlessness or you may feel a warm heaviness as your body and muscles relax. You will be aware of what is happening around you and you can come out of hypnosis at any moment you choose. Hypnosis feels like deep relaxation and you may experience that you have access to creative aspects of your mind which are sometimes hard to tap into during the busy routines of daily life.

Everyone experiences hypnosis in their own way and your therapist will guide you in what to expect. Most people are surprised by how relaxing and ‘normal’ hypnosis feels.

Does Hypnosis Work?

Hypnosis has been used and refined by medical practitioners since the 1700’s. Recent clinical studies have shown that hypnosis is an effective therapeutic technique in the management of several conditions such as anxiety, panic, phobias, insomnia, chronic pain, weight management and IBS. Hypnosis is best used in conjunction with other forms of therapy, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and research has shown that hypnosis can enhance the effectiveness of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

It is important to recognise that hypnosis is a clinical technique which can assist you in overcoming problems of daily living and developing more healthy patterns of thinking and behaving. Hypnosis is not a ‘magic solution’ which will effortlessly cure all your problems in one session – it will require commitment and motivation from you and its purpose is to facilitate the change process.

What Kinds of Issues Can Hypnotherapy Address?

At the Sandton Wellness Centre, we use Clinical Hypnotherapy in conjunction with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to assist with symptom resolution and maximising personal effectiveness. The following are common issues which hypnotherapy can assist with:

  • Stress and anxiety management
  • Panic
  • Phobias
  • Improving self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Improving motivation
  • Managing chronic pain and fatigue
  • Coping with side effects of medical treatments such as chemotherapy
  • Weight management
  • Moving beyond resentment, anger and unfinished business from the past
  • Enhancing performance e.g., sport, exams, public speaking.