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William Broom Founder, The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council and The General Hypnotherapy Register.

Who may benefit from Hypnotherapy?

 Again, the answer to this question is virtually everyone.  Given that  hypnotherapy can be utilized to access a person's inner potential and  that probably no one is performing to their actual potential, then this  answer is literally true.  However, it is not just potential which  Hypnotherapy is well placed to address but also one's inner resources to  effect beneficial change.  In this regard, it is the innate healing  capacity of our own body that may be stimulated by Hypnotherapy.   Consequently, the list of problems which may be amenable to Hypnotherapy  is far too long and varied to catalog but certainly includes: stress,  anxiety, panic, phobias, unwanted habits and addictions (e.g. smoking,  overeating, alcoholism), disrupted sleep patterns, lack of confidence  and low self-esteem, fear of examinations and public speaking, allergies  and skin disorders, migraine and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  Additionally, it has proved of value within surgery, where normal anasthetics  have not been practical, in the wider sphere of pain management and in  the areas of both sporting and artistic performance enhancement.  As an  adjunct to other counseling techniques, it can also assist in helping to  resolve relationship difficulties and be useful within anger management  strategies. Although there remain many other areas of human suffering  in which Hypnotherapy may bring relief, there are instances in which it  may be contraindicated.  These could include some manifestations of  depressive illness, epilepsy, psychosis (e.g. schizophrenia) and some  breathing problems.

                                             Some Common Concerns:

People  are sometimes concerned that they will lose control in hypnosis.   However, general consensus indicates that regardless of how deeply  people may go in hypnosis and however passive they may appear to be,  they actually remain in full control of the situation.  They are fully  able to talk if they wish to (or not, as the case may be) and can stand  up and leave the room at any time.  Neither can a hypnotized person be  made to do anything against their usual ethical or moral judgement or  religious belief.  It is likely that the notion of a loss of control  stems from most people misconception of stage hypnosis, wherein  participants are apparently made to perform all manner of (usually  foolish) acts.  However, the reader should be aware that participation  in a stage act is an entirely voluntary process (thus permission is  already given to the hypnotist) and that there can be no such volunteer  who is unaware of exactly what they are letting themselves in for!

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