To those that have no idea of how powerful hypnosis is and no intention to be educated then the answer is yes.
However, the real answer to the question is a resounding NO. Just in case you weren't sure I repeat, hypnosis is NOT a complementary therapy, nor is it an alternative therapy. It is A therapy. I really don't like it being banded in a group with aroma massage and reflexology.
It is as much a complimentary therapy as clinical psychology, psychotherapy or cognitive behavioural therapy. Only hypnosis has been shown to be more effective and efficient in many cases than these other therapies, not all, but many.
Hypnosis activates our inner resources to produce profound emotional, psychological and physical change. More studies with positive findings have gone into hypnosis than any other psychological therapy such is the fascination with this wonderful art.
The downfall with hypnosis is not the art, but the fact it isn't regulated so anyone can call themselves a hypnotist/hypnotherapist with only a weekends training and then set up a training school with limited knowledge or experience producing substandard hypnotists/hypnotherapists.
Even the accrediting bodies are merely created by the training schools they are in business with, or vice-versa.
The other aspect that prevents hypnosis by being accepted by N.I.C.E (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) is its greatest strength, the ability to be client centred. In true hypnosis there can't be a set protocol as everyone is different, you need to be 100% adaptable which is impossible to devise a trial around in order to be accepted by NICE. Due to this many people are being denied this amazing therapy on the NHS. Think of the possibilities in the treatment of chronic pain, IBS, fibromyalgia, skin complaints and the money that could be saved. For example, a common treatment for psoriasis is a drug called infliximab; ongoing yearly cost is £12,500! A definitive course of hypnosis is under £500 and has an 80% success rate. This is just an example of one drug, there are thousands. Millions could be saved by having hypnosis as a frontline therapy for psoriasis.
The perception of credible clinical hypnosis is also tainted by stage/street hypnotists. People with deep traumatic experiences simply do not want to see someone who's made an audience member bark like a dog. Although I do agree this demonstrates the power of hypnosis, but it does put many people off contacting a hypnotist/hypnotherapist. Stage/street hypnotists will disagree, obviously, but they are just defending their trade against my perceived attack on what they do.
So what have I seen to make me be so emphatic about hypnosis that I believe it should be front line therapy? I've seen serious lifelong phobias removed in 15 minutes, psoriasis cleared up, allergies disappearing, clients coming off medication, normal thyroid functioning return, obese clients now reaching and maintaining a healthy target weight, years of chronic pain melting away, self-harmers now happy with themselves, anxiety being switched off, eating disorders disappearing, and the list goes on and on.
Hypnosis is beautiful, amazing, effective and part of our everyday lives. You are an amazing person with the ability to be more than you can possibly imagine. If you feel something is wrong with you, then maybe, just maybe the answer is inside just waiting to be realised. Hypnosis can help with that realisation.
Paul believes hypnosis is empowering and life-changing. Look around the website and get in touch should you have any queries