Hypnotherapy is becoming more mainstream with universities now offering it in addition to counselling services, The Times reports. Amid rising rates of anxiety and depression amongst young people, the University of Southampton started offering hypnotherapy as an alternative to counselling to its students in 2017. In the last 2 years more than 200 students have accessed the universities services and most report that it was extremely successfully. In fact, earlier this year even TV presenter Caroline Flack credited hypnotherapy for helping her deal with her anxiety.
Talking therapies have been proven to help treat anxieties, stress and depression. The NHS provides a range of talking therapies, including counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy with a range of sessions from 12 – 20 sessions for the average course of treatment.
Hypnotherapy, in contrast, is a relatively brief therapy which provides effective treatment for a range of conditions in a relatively short number of sessions. Last year the Government released a green paper focusing on early intervention and mental health awareness training for education professionals which highlighted the importance of swift and effective intervention in achieving the best possible outcomes for young people who struggle with their mental health.
Clinical hypnotherapy particularly can be of benefit when working with mental health conditions and helping to assess the issues and identifying their root – whether it is a situation, a physical issue, a past experience or a relationship. Hypnosis is a natural state of mind; people are often surprised that they hear every word and could get up and walk out of the room at any moment. Unless you enter a deeper state, you may not seem any different, just very relaxed. Using a range of different techniques your hypnotherapist will relax you, make you feel comfortable and work with you towards achieving your goal.
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