Hypnosis is a psychological technique used in medicine as a tool to help bring about positive changes to both the mind and the body.
The hypnotic process is produced either by oneself (self-hypnosis) or by responding to therapist’s instructions. It is often accompanied by a sense of being relaxed, with an increasing focus inwards.
Medical and clinical hypnosis is offered for the management of the following conditions:
- Chronic pain including: -Headache -Oral and facial pain -Neuropathic pain -Neuralgia
- Rheumatic pain
- Cancer pain
- Skin conditions, including:
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) also recommends hypnosis for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and we are able to accept referrals for this condition.
The following psychological problems have been shown to benefit from the use of clinical hypnosis:
- Stress and anxiety related disorders
- Depression (mild to moderate)
- Phobias, such as needle or social
In the first session, a hypnosis practitioner carries out an assessment. Following sessions may be conducted on an individual or group basis, and can range from six to ten weekly sessions. Over the course of the therapy sessions patients are taught self-hypnosis to manage their condition. At the end of the sessions, a letter is written to the referring healthcare practitioner informing them of the progress made during the course of therapy.
If you are unable to attend your appointment please let us know at least 48 hours beforehand so we can offer your appointment to someone else. If you do not attend your appointment without telling us we may refer you back to your GP.
Following your treatment you will be referred back to your GP.
The RLHIM is also a teaching hospital and from time to time other healthcare professionals may observe in outpatient clinics as part of a training course. We will always ask your permission for students to sit in during your consultation. You do not have to have students present if you would prefer not to.