The Dawn uses medical hypnosis to treat addictions and other behavioural disorders, as well as psychological conditions such as anxiety and depression. Hypnosis is also used to treat phobias, eating disorders, burnout, and smoking.
Medical hypnosis is a process in which the client and hypnotherapist meet to discuss specific goals and procedures. The client is then encouraged to enter a deeply relaxed state, where their resistances and anxieties are lowered and they become more suggestible. This part of the process creates an experience similar to meditation, where a sense of internal harmony grows, even as full awareness of the situation is maintained.
At this point, the hypnotherapist is able to guide the client forward toward healthy concepts and states of mind. The client nevertheless remains conscious and in control at all times, choosing whether or not to take on the suggestions of the hypnotherapist.
Using well-established psychological techniques, hypnosis invites people to enter a trance-like state, where they are less intellectually guarded and more open to ideas expressed through the gentle voice of the hypnotherapist. A series of sessions is typically needed to provide the maximum benefit from hypnotherapy techniques.
Hypnosis allows the therapist to obtain easier access to your subconscious, which is where many of your underlying anxieties, thoughts and feelings reside. Because these deeper aspects of experience are found beneath your primary layer of consciousness, they can be harder to change through direct and ordinary means. For this reason, issues related to pain, stress, and undesirable behavioural traits can be difficult to modify without the benefit of special psychological techniques.
Hypnosis helps open the brain to suggestion, enhancing the effectiveness of other treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). By convincing the brain to downplay its urges and compulsions, these techniques essentially function as a way of lowering the background noise that can interfere with health and wellbeing.
It is important to stress that some people are more open to hypnosis than others, and that the procedure will not work if the person does not want to be hypnotised. Clients stay awake throughout the session, and can bring themselves out of their hypnotic state anytime they choose.
The above benefits have all associated with medical hypnosis but the specific benefits for each client will depend on their own situation, and their reason for seeking hypnotherapy. The focus of each set of hypnotherapy sessions will determine the type of benefits to be expected.
Studies have validated the effectiveness of medical hypnotherapy in a variety of contexts, particularly as an accompaniment to standard CBT. People undergoing hypnotherapy alongside CBT were found to experience an improvement of 70% over CBT alone.
Researchers measuring subjects along the DASS (Depression Anxiety Stress Scale) noted that people’s stress levels fell as a result of hypnosis treatment. Repetitive behaviour such as nail biting, teeth grinding, and smoking have also been shown to decrease following hypnosis treatment.
People seeking relief from chronic pain have reported dramatic improvements following hypnotherapy as well. Studies have also shown that people receiving hypnotherapy before surgery had far better outcomes related to surgical pain, nausea, fatigue and discomfort. Part of the effectiveness of hypnosis comes from its ability to counteract feelings of distress, and induce positive expectations.
It’s important to note, however, that the effects of hypnotherapy are confined to the brain, its cravings and impulses, and its response to stimuli. Hypnotherapy therefore does not claim to address issues that are purely external to the functions of the brain, such as cancer or heart disease.
Moreover, medical hypnotherapy is not for everyone. Some people are resistant to the psychological processes that effective hypnosis depends on. For this reason, a detailed consultation with a mental health professional is recommended before beginning hypnotherapy.
As an alternative treatment, hypnotherapy is generally not covered in standard insurance policies. However, some insurers will pay a portion of the costs for hypnosis treatment, under certain conditions. In most cases, these conditions include the requirement that the hypnotherapy accompanies another type of treatment, and that the practitioner is licensed by one of the major hypnotherapy organisations or agencies.
Every hypnotherapist at The Dawn has been licensed to administer this treatment and hypnotherapy sessions at The Dawn are offered as part of our comprehensive addiction and/or mental health treatment.
The Dawn offers hypnosis treatment and support for clients, as part of a wider programme of therapy to reduce pain and anxiety, prevent harmful behaviour, and promote healthy living. Our fully licensed medical professionals can advise clients on what a set of hypnotherapy sessions would involve – and whether this type of treatment is right for them. We ensure that each client is well-informed and comfortable at every step of the process, so that a cooperative healing process can be established.
At The Dawn, we specialise in the treatment of psychological issues such as addiction and anxiety, while also addressing the underlying causes of these issues. We provide comfortable housing in a scenic setting for all of our inpatients, while our 1:1 staff-to-client ratio ensures that every client receives the persona attention they need.