Hypnosis is an everyday process which occurs when a person enters an altered state of attention or degree of awareness.

In fact, it occurs naturally when a person becomes totally absorbed in what they are doing, e.g. reading a story or watching a movie. Thus, like day-dreaming, hypnotic-like states (a “trance”) may occur in people regularly.

Hypnosis may assist psychological therapy through:

  • alterations in consciousness and memory;
  • increased susceptibility to suggestion;
  • the production of responses and ideas unfamiliar to the person in the normal state of mind;
  • or changes in behaviour, perceptions, or psychological processes.

Answers to Common Questions

Myths abound about what hypnosis is / isn’t. Here are some facts:

  • Hypnosis is unlike sleep.
  • It is not like an anaesthetic.
  • You do not “pass out” and you are not unconscious when you are hypnotised.
  • You do not lose control over your mind or your feelings. You do not weaken or surrender your will to any other person. In fact, your will-power may be strengthened with hypnosis.

In hypnosis, it is usual to feel relaxed, at ease, and you may well enjoy a special peace of mind. Many people comment on their feeling of comfort and security, or the sensation of lightness or floating.

What is particularly pleasant about hypnosis is the fact that it is natural and safe when used by trained professionals, and almost everyone can learn to use it by themselves and be helped by it. It is a tool that can be learned and used by adults, adolescents, and children alike.

Hynosis is helpful for …

Hypnosis is particularly useful for helping people to change their behaviour, symptoms, and attitudes. It is one of the most powerful psychological methods for mental and physical relaxation. Thus, hypnosis is useful for anxiety, stress management, and phobias.

It is also useful in dealing with attention deficits, motivation, assertiveness and confidence building, ego-strengthening and enhancing psychotherapy and counselling.

Psychotherapeutic applications of hypnosis include:

  • Hypnotizing Watchanxiety control;
  • motivation training;
  • attitude change;
  • depression;
  • eating disorders;
  • fears and phobias;
  • memory training;
  • nail biting;
  • panic and performance anxiety;
  • sexual dysfunction;
  • sleep disorders;
  • stuttering;
  • study problems;
  • trauma counselling;
  • thumb sucking.

Further uses include assistance with medical conditions such as:

  • asthma;
  • enuresis (bed-wetting);
  • hypertension;
  • migraine;
  • obesity;
  • smoking cessation;
  • gastrointestinal disorders;
  • and anxiety.

It is also used extensively for labour and childbirth, minor surgical procedures, and pain control.

Find a Qualified Practitioner

It is important that you undertake hypnosis with a skilled and qualified professional, for example, a psychologist with additional training in this field.

Dr Malcolm Davies Learning At WorkAuthor: Dr Malcolm Davies, B.Psych.(Hons), M.Psych (Clin), Dip. Clin. Hypnosis, PhD, MASH.

Dr Malcolm Davies is a registered senior consultant psychologist who holds honours, masters and doctoral degrees in psychology augmented by the post graduate Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis and full professional membership of the Australian Society of Hypnosis. He is an extensively trained and experienced practitioner.