What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a psychological technique used in medicine and psychology 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.

What conditions can be referred?

Hypnosis is offered for the management of the following conditions:

  • Chronic pain including:
      • Headache
      • Oral and facial pain
      • Neuropathic pain
      • Neuralgia
      • Fibromyalgia
      • Rheumatic pain
      • Cancer pain
  • Skin conditions, including:
      • Eczema
      • Urticaria
      • Itching
  • Needle Phobia

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. 

What should I expect when I come to the clinic?

In the first session, a hypnosis practitioner carries out an assessment. Following sessions may be conducted on an individual basis, and can range from 6 or up to10 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 the therapy.

Professional education and training

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.

Dr Raj Sharma Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Hypnosis

 Contact details

Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
60 Great Ormond Street
London, WC1N 3HR

Patient enquiries
Telephone: 020 3448 2000

GP enquiries
Telephone: 020 3448 2000
Fax: 020 3448 2004
Email: rlhimpatients@uclh.nhs.uk (not for referrals)

Service manager - Loretta Chinwokwu
Email: rlhimpatients@uclh.nhs.uk (not for referrals)

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