In some ways, hypnotic state is similar to sleep as there is a narrowing of consciousness accompanied by a pleasant relaxation. But unlike sleep you never completely lose awareness during hypno/relaxation. While hypnotized you are able to perceive and respond to things going on around you.
Hypnotherapy is a procedure in which a therapist suggests, after relaxing you, that you experience certain changes in sensations and feelings.
During hypnosis, your body relaxes and your thoughts become more focused. Like other relaxation techniques, hypnotherapy lowers blood pressure, heart rate, and changes certain types of brain wave activity. In this relaxed state, you will feel at ease physically yet fully awake mentally and may be highly responsive to suggestion. Your conscious mind becomes less alert and your subconscious mind becomes more focused.
After putting you into a relaxed state the therapist will give you suggestions designed specifically for you and your problems. These suggestions help you manage and regulate your symptoms and issues.
Research indicates that hypnotherapy is most efficient in combination with some form of psychotherapy. The results of the most recent studies indicated that the addition of hypnotherapy to psychotherapy improved treatment outcome in 70% of participants. Current research has been providing evidence of the success of this combination in management of number of psychological disorders.
During your first visit, you will be asked about the history of your emotional and behavioral problems. Dr. Sorokin will explain to you how his therapy works. Your individual treatment plan will be discussed. Your commitment to your treatment is important.
Each session lasts about 45-50 minutes. The duration of treatment may vary depending on the nature and severity of patient’s condition, degree of hypnotizability and commitment of an individual. You and Dr. Sorokin will monitor and evaluate your progress over time. Follow up sessions might be sometimes recommended to ensure lasting success of the treatment course.
Clinical studies suggest that hypnotherapy may also improve immune function, increase relaxation, decrease stress and ease pain.
Besides conditions already discussed, other problems or conditions that respond to hypnotherapy to different degree include:
Hypnotherapy has zero side effects. In 5-10 minutes after hypnotherapy the patient gets the alertness back and is able to perform all the cognitive and physical tasks such as driving, working, etc.
Research indicates that present day clinical hypnosis is most efficient in combination with some recognized forms of psychotherapy. Most recent studies have concentrated on the implementation of clinical hypnosis in combination with cognitive behavioral psychotherapy. Results of the studies in this area have been very positive and promising. The results indicated that addition of hypnosis to CBT improved treatment outcome in vast majority of patients. The results of the studies indicate that combining hypnosis with CBT tremendously improved the treatment outcome.
According to Dowd (2000) the effectiveness of the CBT – Hypnotherapy combination can be explained by involving both, the right and the left brain hemispheres, in the therapeutic process (Dowd, 2000). Cognitive reframing done with CBT takes effect via “left brain” and works through persuasion and argumentation. On the contrary, hypnotic suggestions do not need implementation of persuasion and argumentation due to working through the unconscious mind. Therefore, hypnotic suggestions are able to evade the critical conscious mind and to be internalized by the patient easier and faster. Hypnotic suggestions are accepted by the “unconscious mind” located in the “right brain”. The combination of CBT and hypnotherapy allows involvement of both, right and left hemispheres, in the process of physical and emotional healing. Thus, the blend of CBT and hypnotherapy becomes a “whole brain” device which combines logical and intuitive qualities (Eimer, 1998).