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Science of Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that uses hypnosis to help individuals overcome various issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction, and pain management.

Hypnosis is a state of consciousness that is achieved through relaxation and focused attention, where the individual is highly responsive to suggestions and instructions given by the therapist.

There are several scientific studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of hypnotherapy on a number of varied issues. Here are a few examples:

Anxiety and Depression: A study published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis found that hypnotherapy was effective in reducing anxiety and depression symptoms in individuals suffering from these conditions.

Addiction: A study published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis found that hypnotherapy was effective in helping individuals overcome drug addiction.

Pain Management: A study published in the Journal of Pain found that hypnotherapy was effective in reducing chronic pain in individuals suffering from fibromyalgia.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): A study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that hypnotherapy was effective in reducing symptoms of IBS, such as bloating, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

Smoking Cessation: A meta-analysis of 59 studies published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology found that hypnotherapy was effective in helping individuals quit smoking.

Weight Loss: A study published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis found that hypnotherapy was effective in helping individuals lose weight and keep it off.

These studies provide evidence of the effectiveness of hypnotherapy in treating various issues.

Hypnotherapy may not work for everyone, and it should always be used in conjunction with other treatments and therapies. It is also important to seek out a qualified and experienced hypnotherapist to ensure the best possible outcomes.

For more information to find out if hypnotherapy is right for you, contact Eugenie Pepper

Science of Hypnotherapy

Neuroscience is showing that small changes in your life can have a big effect on your health and wellbeing. Exercise, focusing on your positive characteristics, feeling grateful, meditation, being more mindful or simply focusing on your breath can actually change the brain and improve your mood and help you swap bad habits for good ones. By making these simple things a part of your routine you can increase your will-power and motivation to help achieve your goals. Tiny changes in your life can change your behaviours to improve your health, mood and wellbeing. Bad habits are just impulses that have become routines. These bad habits such as smoking or overeating or drinking too much, get worse when we feel stressed or sad. Bad habits and addictions are automatic responses to triggers and associations. When you know what your triggers are it can be as simple as removing the triggers. It is easier to avoid temptation than resist it. However life is not that simple, we cannot easily remove the triggers in our lives, but we can create new healthier habits. Hypnosis can help you create healthier habits and stick to them permanently. Basically to create new habits we have to practice doing the new positive habit until we rewire the brain and these habits become automatic. Habits are things you do without thinking. The first step to achieving your goals is awareness and the second is believing it is possible. Then make the decision and stick to it, even if you fail at first, keep trying until it becomes a permanent habit. You are in control and you can choose the path you want to take All habits are created by repetition. Exercise is one of the most powerful tools. Studies have been done on smokers; the group that exercised for 10 minutes increased they willpower – their brain wanted cigarettes less than the group that did not exercise. (Acute exercise modulates cigarette cravings and brain activation in response to smoking-related images: An MRI study. 2009) Studies in the UK showed discovered a clever way to help smokers quit. Simply self-affirmations! Smokers were asked a series of questions. The control group were asked random questions like “What is your favourite ice-cream flavour” the other group were asked self-affirming questions that got them thinking of their positive traits and characteristics. Both groups then read the information on the negative effects of smoking. The group that focused on their positive qualities developed a strong intent to quit smoking and this was even more evident with the heaviest smokers. This study was also done focusing on a healthy diet and the study found the self-affirmation group significantly ate a healthier diet the week following. (Self-Affirmation promotes health behaviour change. Health Psychology, 2008). When you start a new habit it does require effort – hypnotherapy and coaching can help you swap your bad habits for good.

About Genie Pepper

I support people to achieve their goals through hypnotherapy and counselling, incorporating science-backed positive psychology tools and behavioral therapy. I assist my clients to find the keys they need for wellbeing and to develop a positive flourishing life.