Very impressive evidence base for hypnotherapy
Many people turn to Hypnotherapy as a last resort, so they’re often surprised to find it has a very impressive evidence base.
Evidence based hypnotherapists, like me, use the best available research combined with clinical judgement to help clients achieve whatever they want to.
Sadly, many hypnotherapists are using processes and techniques they’ve been taught and believe in wholeheartedly but carry no evidence all.
What does evidence-based really mean?
It means the approach I use isn’t something I just made up. It’s supported by studies and academic research and stands up to scrutiny.
The techniques have been tried and tested and achieve repeatable results.
Hypnotherapy is an empirically supported therapy for the issues below. This means there is evidence from at least two settings that it is better than a pill or psychological placebo (fake treatment) or another real treatment.
- Anxiety about asthma attack / Asthma
- Headaches and migraine
- Cancer pain / chemotherapy distress
- Distress during surgery / surgery pain
- Weight reduction / Bulimia (binging and purging)
- Acute pain
- Anxiety about pubic speaking / taking a test
- Nocturnal enuresis (bed wetting)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Duodenal ulcer relapse
- Haemorrhage (bleeding)
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Hip and knee osteoarthritis
- Insomnia (sleeplessness)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Nausea and hyperemesis (severe or prolonged vomiting)
- Obstetrics pain (childbirth / hypnobirthing)
- Smoking cessation
- Trauma recovery
- Wart removal
Ethical, Safe Treatment
Evidence-based practitioners, like me, choose not take clients back to past events. It can re-traumatise or create false memories. It’s considered by many academics to be potentially dangerous and unethical as well as less effective than cognitive approaches, used in evidence based practice.
Hypnotherapists who talk about ‘getting to the root of the problem’ or hypnoanalysis are often referring to regression.