What is the treatment?
The treatment involves taking the affected person to a state of trance or a mental state in which most negative thoughts are pushed to the background and the person is said to be in a relaxed state of inner conscience. The therapist uses certain special techniques and natural means to slowly take the patient to this state. Once the expert knows that the patient has reached the appropriate level of mental state, the experienced therapist can start sending some positive messages that will be received by the patient. There are different types of hypnotherapy treatments available and those who wish to avail the treatment must get themselves acquainted with these, before subjecting themselves to hypnotherapy.
One of the most frequently made choices is to use hypnotherapy to offer psychotherapy treatment to patients. The therapist uses hypnotherapy to trace the root cause of some of the disorders the patients may be suffering from. Once the root causes are traced, the psychotherapist may take over and offer the required treatment.
There are also other types, like clinical and cognitive or behavioural hypnotherapy. Once the patient has the first level of consultations, the specialist would be in a position to identify the exact need and then direct the patient to the right kind of hypnotherapy. The patient will then have the option to choose the therapist and go for the treatment.
How is the treatment done?
The treatment is usually carried out in a very peaceful environment. The room in which the patient is asked to lie down is either made soundproof or the place itself is located in a quiet surrounding. In many cases, the lighting inside the room is also dimmed to create the ambience for the patient to feel relaxed and also go into a condition of trance or some kind of a mental state where the therapist can address the sub-conscious mind of the patient. The therapist may even use some soothing music and a headphone to take the patient to a state of relaxation and inner peace. The hypnotherapy specialist will know the stage at which he or she can begin the treatment and start speaking to the patient.
The usual method is to slowly make some positive suggestions. The therapist will keep a close watch on the responses to the suggestions and then keep proceeding further. It is possible that the desired results may not be obtained in the first hypnotherapy session and additional sessions might have to be scheduled. It is left to the therapist to make the assessment at every stage of the treatment.
The therapists also use the treatment for analysing the patient’s disorder and making a report that can be passed on to a psychoanalyst and to a psychotherapist for final treatment.
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
There are different types of disorders that can be treated through hypnotherapy. In terms of the frequency of cases observed, men and women with avoidable habits like smoking have been seen to be choosing hypnotherapy. There are also persons with certain mental disorders such as anxiety, phobia and depression. These conditions are caused due to impressions formed inside the person’s mind, which can be eliminated through suggestions provided during the treatment.
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
If someone is already suffering from conditions or symptoms identified as psychotic in nature, then they should avoid being subjected to hypnotherapy. If the person has hallucinations or if he or she suffers from drug or alcohol abuse, then this method of treatment may not prove to be very effective. In certain cases, it has been observed that mental disorders get treated quickly through medication than through hypnotherapy.
Are there any side effects?
There are not too many side effects on undergoing hypnotherapy. The only possible risk is related to the choice of the treatment for people who have specific known conditions like psychotic issues. Similarly, people with other mental conditions are susceptible to absorb the suggestions during the treatment in a wrong manner and the possible consequences thereof can be of an avoidable nature. Again, these are rare instances. As long as the therapist is a fully qualified and experienced person and the treatment has been chosen after accurate diagnosis by the expert, the chances of any side effects remain very slim.
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
There are no specific instructions given to patients upon completion of treatment through hypnosis. Since the treatment itself is non-interventionist in nature with no medicines prescribed, the patients should be able to lead a normal life after the completion of the treatment. However, there can be cases where the chances of the person falling back into the same disorder are high. In such instances, the doctor can make a few suggestions to educate the person on the steps to be adopted, if he or she tends to go back to the condition. In the case of the example cited, such as smoking, there are chances the person might leave the habit completely, but may be tempted to restart it at some future point. The therapist can leave a few tips to avoid the situation from going out of hand.
How long does it take to recover?
The duration of hypnotherapy treatment could vary widely and will depend on the nature of the complaint, the type of treatment chosen and even on the response the therapist feels he or she is getting from the treatment sessions. In normal circumstances, each treatment session may last about 1 to 1 ½ hours. The average number of sessions used is 4, but it can go up in some cases. It’s purely a mind game and the stronger the person is mentally, the faster are the chances of being treated.
What is the price of the treatment in India?
The fees charged by therapists in India can vary widely and would be based on how successful the therapist is. The total cost of the treatment can also vary according to the number of sessions availed for the complete treatment. One can assume that each session could cost up to INR 2500 and the total cost will not be less than INR 10, 000.
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
Since hypnotherapy is a mind-related treatment, it is difficult to make predictions on how long the effects of the treatment will last. If the disorder or habit has been acquired by the patient due to his or her surroundings and if he or she goes back to those same surroundings, then there may be chances of the condition recurring. If the patient takes proactive steps to get out of such situations and starts a fresh life, then hypnotherapy can offer a permanent solution as well.
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
Hypnotherapy is a treatment by choice. People who wish to transform their outlook on certain lifestyle issues and wish to get out of habits like smoking, turn to this treatment. Some issues such as anxiety and depression can be treated through medication as well. The assessment must be done at the initial stage itself, by the GP or the specialist consulted, on the need for hypnotherapy or any alternative treatment.