Hypnosis is useful for medical and psychotherapeutic care.
It is a natural phenomenon; we use it several times a day when we are in a state of modified vigilance: for instance, when we are concentrating on work, when we are so focused in what we are reading that we don't hear external sounds, when driving a car and not remembering the details of our journey.
Therefore, this translates into deep concentration, a distortion of time that we call a "modified state of consciousness". Our mind is so occupied by an image or a feeling that during that time, the person becomes unaware of external elements.
This state can be measured using an electroencephalograph which will detect different brain waves in the waking or sleeping state.
The hypothesis seems to be that everyone has the potential resources and solutions for change and therefore the subconscious can create links and bring about these solutions;
The therapist does not have any special power and cannot force a patient to do anything they don't want to do. The therapist is simply a guide throughout the therapeutic process who makes it possible to modify the emotions or images that the patient are processing using the appropriate techniques.
The patient maintains the control of what happens throughout the entire session.
Rapid hypnosis is reserved for certain treatments. It is renowned for and was made famous by music hall which only aims to create spectacular effects without any therapeutic treatment.
Only a small number of patients have this ability.
Generally, the modified conscious state is initiated gradually once a trusting relationship has been established with the therapist.
Hypnosis is therefore always used with a clear understanding of the patients requirements. The session lasts between 30 and 40 minutes during which your internal resources will be called upon using suggestions.
We are regularly confronted with requests for "fast and magic" solutions in situations that seem simple but which can turn out to be complex.
Once I have looked into these requests further unfortunately my answer often has to be "no".
Most patients understand these concepts quickly and progress with the therapist's help.
I therefore never conduct a hypnosis session without an initial evaluation or a clear case history which will serve as a guide throughout the therapeutic process.
They also create a connection between the therapist and the patient and we will decide together whether hypnosis would be useful.
Therefore, the first session or sessions are used to understand the patient's requirements.
Sometimes a number of sessions are needed before starting to work with hypnosis, but it provides definitive results when this process is done correctly.