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Does hypnotherapy work?

Posted by Jamal Spelling on March 14, 2008, at 11:59:50

Any thoughts? What's the word, bird?

 

Re: Does hypnotherapy work? Jamal Spelling

Posted by Phillipa on March 14, 2008, at 12:06:27

In reply to Does hypnotherapy work?, posted by Jamal Spelling on March 14, 2008, at 11:59:50

Bird? Does that have to do with hypnotheraphy don't know? Love Phillipa

 

Re: Does hypnotherapy work?

Posted by Sigismund on March 14, 2008, at 12:46:09

In reply to Re: Does hypnotherapy work? Jamal Spelling, posted by Phillipa on March 14, 2008, at 12:06:27

I've never done it.

Do you think that if it works it might do so because it taps into our(?) desire to place ourselves at the service of someone else's will and (especially) voice?

I was very unhappy in boarding school.
One day my bright older brother there decided to hypnotise me to get rid of my homesickness.
I don't think it worked, though maybe it did, because the experience has stayed with me for more than 40 years.
And he had no training at all.

 

Re: Does hypnotherapy work?

Posted by Jamal Spelling on March 14, 2008, at 13:30:41

In reply to Re: Does hypnotherapy work?, posted by Sigismund on March 14, 2008, at 12:46:09

I went to a therapist today. I said I wanted CBT. So she explains that, well, yes, she *could* do CBT if I really want it, "because you're the boss", but that her specialty is actually hypnotherapy.

Where it all started going south was when she told me some of her clients regress right back into their previous lives under hypnosis...

She started talking about the three types of memory: memories stored in your brain, memories stored in your cells, and memories stored in your spirit.

According to her, cancer happens when bad memories are stored in your cells, and those cells then become tumorous...

Personally I don't agree with many of her views, and I prefer evidence based medicine.

Plus I feel uncomfortable about surrendering control of my mind to a stranger. Weren't there stories about therapists raping their patients while under hypnosis?

So I'm wondering whether I should go back to her, or find a new therapist.

 

Re: Does hypnotherapy work? Sigismund

Posted by Jamal Spelling on March 14, 2008, at 13:37:47

In reply to Re: Does hypnotherapy work?, posted by Sigismund on March 14, 2008, at 12:46:09

> Do you think that if it works it might do so because it taps into our(?) desire to place ourselves at the service of someone else's will and (especially) voice?

I think it depends on how suggestible you are.

 

Re: Does hypnotherapy work? Phillipa

Posted by Jamal Spelling on March 14, 2008, at 13:39:23

In reply to Re: Does hypnotherapy work? Jamal Spelling, posted by Phillipa on March 14, 2008, at 12:06:27

> Bird? Does that have to do with hypnotheraphy don't know? Love Phillipa

It's just a saying.

 

Re: Does hypnotherapy work? Jamal Spelling

Posted by ClearSkies on March 14, 2008, at 16:42:34

In reply to Re: Does hypnotherapy work?, posted by Jamal Spelling on March 14, 2008, at 13:30:41

I had hypnotherapy as treatment for migraine headaches when I was quite young - 12 years of age. He used some regression with me in order to get me to a comfortable spot in my memory where I wasn't experiencing any pain, and then it was really mindfulness techniques in trying to take my mind back to that happy, pain free place whenever I'd get a headache. Which, at that age, was several times a week.

At the time, we were trying everything to combat them. It's only now, 33 years on, when I'm doing daily meditation as a practice to combat anxiety, that I find that I use the very same techniques and self soothe when I'm feeling anxious.

That was my experience with it, anyway. Nothing at all to do with the therapeutic process. Sorry...
ClearSkies

 

Re: Does hypnotherapy work? Jamal Spelling

Posted by Quintal on March 14, 2008, at 17:58:15

In reply to Does hypnotherapy work?, posted by Jamal Spelling on March 14, 2008, at 11:59:50

I had a session of hypnotherapy a few years ago, but didn't go under... I never went back. Then I read a copy of "Training Trances: Multi-level Communication in Therapy and Training" in October and hallucinated surveilence cameras in my bedroom later that night. It was the beginning of a psychotic episode that lasted over two months. Certainly a powerful tool in the right hands, but I think it can cause problems if it's not done properly. And no I don't consider myself a particularly gullible/easily influenced type of person, yet this happened to me. What they don't tell you on the cover is that the book actually puts you into a trance 'for fun', without forewarning... great, but who is going to pull you out again should you start re-living early trauma, put the book down mid-trance (as I did) and pick up the newspaper, only to find 'hidden messages' and death threats in there? I wish I could sue them for negilence or something. Proving it would be another matter of course.

Q


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