Hypnosis helps people make changes by building or strengthening their own inner resources to overcome difficulties and problems.
Neuro-scientists now tell us that when we are experiencing this highly focused state of attention, our brains actually process information differently, although understanding exactly what happens in the brain during hypnosis is still in the very early stages of development. However, we do know that when we are focused in this way, we can be especially responsive to new ideas and possibilities that can help us make desired changes.
The remarkable thing about hypnosis is that when used skillfully, it can help in a range of problems. For example, hypnosis can be used to help people become less anxious and phobic, as well as to address the patterns of depression. It can also be used to assist with sleep problems and trauma. Another important area of application is for pain management, both in chronic and acute presentations.
We also now have experimental evidence showing that hypnosis is an effective adjunct treatment. When it is used as part of the treatment process, hypnosis enhances treatment outcomes in a wide range of problems including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain and psychosomatic disorders.