What sort of training is involved in becoming a clinical hypnotherapist?
Unfortunately hypnotherapy is not government regulated, meaning that someone can call themselves a clinical hypnotherapist with little, and even no training. There are also some courses that offer inadequate training, especially the distant learning hypnotherapy courses.
Thankfully the profession of clinical hypnotherapy does a pretty good job of regulating itself, and most of the established reputable bodies provide good training.
I trained at the London College Of Clinical Hypnotherapy, which seems to provide one of the best training for clinical hypnotherapists. To become a clinical hypnotherapist I had to pass the certificate, then the diploma courses. Both courses involved theory and practical, and we were tested on both in exam conditions. We would learn various theories, watch demonstrations of hypnotic procedures, and were observed practicing them on each other. A distant learning course could never be so thorough! My course was also accredited by the university of Greenwich. After this you then have the option of attending further training with master classes and the like.
Are there any scientific studies which prove that hypnotherapy works?
From my personal experience, and those of my colleagues, I have helped people with a wide variety of issues, and have been left almost as amazed as my clients at times! Despite this, one can always argue that any improvements are as a result of the placebo effect.
The Wolman Dictionary of Behavioral Science defines a placebo as “A substance with no medicinal properties which causes a patient to improve because of his belief in its efficacy.” Placebos have been scientifically shown to help with almost any mental and physical health issue. Going back to the definition of placebo, they work because of a “belief in its efficacy”. This could be a belief that a sugar pill will help with weight loss for example. The belief comes from suggestion, which is exactly how hypnosis works! Therefore it could be argued that the placebo effect proves that suggestion, and therefore hypnosis works in a variety of instances.
There are also many studies which also seem to indicate that hypnosis works.
EEG studies of hypnotized patients show a change in their patterns of thoughts when in trance. These studies also suggest that hypnosis removes the emotional experience of pain while allowing the sensory sensation to remain. Therefore you may notice you were touched, but not that it hurt.
Journal of Clinical Psychology, 41 (1), 35-41 109 shows an experiment where some 17-67 year olds were given a behavioral weight loss program, and some were also given hypnosis treatment alongside this. The ones who received both showed additional weight loss, and more effectively maintained these results after 2 years.
I’ve bought a few hypnosis downloads from your site in the past and I was very impressed with the quality. However your selection is not the biggest and I have a few other issues which I’d like to use hypnosis to deal with. What other sites would you recommend?
We are increasing our number of sessions, but prefer to work on quality rather than quantity. I would rather have 50 high quality sessions on my site than 500 mediocre ones. I would recommend you have a look at http://www.AllHypnosisDownloads.com. This site has basically cherry picked all the best hypnosis sessions from the best clinical hypnotherapists. That is how it is able to have such a high amount of top quality sessions. If you cannot find a quality session here that you are looking for, then one probably doesn’t exist!
Can hypnotherapy be used to control pain?
Hypnotherapy is very effective for pain control and has been shown to help in the effective management of many types of pain, including pain associated with childbirth (Weishaar, 1986), angioplasty (Weinstein & Au, 1991), leukemia (Silva, 1990), and even headaches (VanDyck, et al, 1991). However it must be used with some caution. Pain is there for a reason. It is our body’s way of telling us that something is not right. Simply removing a pain could cause us to ignore a medical problem that may get worse without intervention. Probably the biggest benefit hypnotherapy can give us is the ability to significantly reduce the need for painkillers in surgery and child birth situations. This is a real advantage, as pain killers have negative side effects, which can hamper recovery.
Is self hypnosis as effective as being hypnotized by someone else?
There is a bit of a saying amongst us hypnotherapists that ‘all hypnosis is self hypnosis’. What this means is that a clinical hypnotherapist is merely someone who is guiding us into a state of hypnosis – they are helping us to achieve that state of mind. So providing you have the skills, then theoretically the self hypnosis should be just as effective.
However some people, including experienced hypnotherapists, complain of struggling with self hypnosis as they distract themselves by thinking too much about the self therapy. Often therapists prefer to swap therapy with other hypnotherapist friends.
It’s a personal thing. Some people love it, and find it easy to do, whereas others struggle to achieve the same deep states of relaxation. I would recommend anyone new to hypnosis to experience a trance 2 or 3 times, either with a hypnotherapists, or with a recording, before attempting self hypnosis. That way you are better able to understand the state of mind you are seeking.
What happens after I have bought an audio?
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What happens if I have a problem downloading an audio?
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How many times should I listen to each audio?
That is entirely up to you. Some people like to just listen to each session once, whereas others listen to them multiple times. A 'live' therapist would obviously only do a session once, but the advantage of HypnoBusters audios is that you pay for it once, but can listen to it many times.
Can I listen to more than one download at a time?
Yes it is perfectly fine to have several sessions that you listen to on rotation. I would however leave at least one hour in between sessions in order to give the subconscious mind time to process the information.
How does your money back guarantee work?
If you are not completely satisfied with the product, then contact us within 60 days and we will give you a full refund – no questions asked.
Can I get stuck in a hypnotic trance?
Absolutely not! A hypnotic trance is in reality just like a daydream state of mind. It is a perfectly harmless and natural state of mind. You will ALWAYS snap out of it when you are ready to do so.
Is hypnotherapy safe?
Hypnotherapy is perfectly safe as long as it is done by a trained and ethical therapist.
Where was Jon trained as a clinical hypnotherapist?
Jon trained with the London College Of Clinical Hypnotherapy. He finished his formal training in 2003. Check out our About Us page for more information on Jon.
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