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:
- Oral and facial pain
- Neuropathic pain
- Rheumatic pain
- Cancer pain
- Skin conditions, including:
- 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.