As many of you know, I have a big soft spot for hypnotherapy. When all else failed, hypnotherapy finally helped me (as hypnotherapists like to say, You did the work yourself!) find relief from insomnia, nightmares, anxiety and a slew of other lovely PTSD symptoms.
I've written about hypno a lot already - the history of it, why and how it works, and my own experience with it. I'm not going to repeat all of that here (exept to say that it's a lot like guided visualization). Instead, I'm going to let Laura King, my hypnotherapist, have the floor. I interviewed her recently about how hypno saved her life and why it motivated her to open her own practice.
Before I let Laura speak, however, I just want offer this interesting, documented-from-a-high-up-source tidbit:
The American Medical Association (AMA) has officially recognized hypnosis as a valuable and beneficial treatment as applied and used since 1958. In “Psychotherapy” magazine (Volume 7, Number 1), various types of techniques were listed and profiled in a review of relevant literature by Alfred A. Barrios, PhD. In the above quoted text, the techniques that proved to generate the greatest success in providing lasting change were the following (listed in order of success rate):
Hypnosis -- 93% recovery after 6 sessions (approx. 1 1/2 months @ 1 session per week).
Behavior Therapy -- 72% after 22 sessions (approx. 6 months @ 1 session per week).
Psychotherapy -- 38% recovery after 600 sessions (approx. 11 1/2 yrs @ 1 session per week).
Hmmmm.…. Just a little factoid for you to chew on today.