Wesley Anderson, Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy was interviewed by CNN along with Dr. David Spiegel. The article is Not just for TV: Hypnosis legit part of comprehensive treatment plan. Dr. Spiegel is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University.
…not only is hypnotherapy legitimate, it’s “literally the oldest Western conception of a psychotherapy.” – Dr. David Spiegle, M.D.
How Does Hypnosis Work?
Dr Anderson offered some simple analogies illustrating how hypnosis works. For example, “the brainwaves of someone in hypnosis are the same as someone who is halfway between being awake and asleep.”
“…the part of the brain responsible for the subconscious, nonlogical thoughts can become wide open to suggestions. “The normal adult filters and belief systems of what is and what isn’t will start to fade…”Hypnotherapists can then begin to use imagery and suggestion to help (the client) start thinking about their bad habits or their pain differently.” – Wesley Anderson, Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy
Medical Uses for Hypnosis
Doctor Spiegel has been conducting studies about the benefits of hypnosis for more than 40 years. He said there is no doubt that it works as an effective therapeutic technique to manage pain and kick bad habits. He cited several studies that indicated hypnosis could reduce time patients spend in surgery which lessons costs for the surgical procedures.
“Patients who received hypnosis reported less post-surgical pain, nausea, fatigue and discomfort,” according to a release from the American Psychological Association.
By giving examples of research showing the benefits of hypnosis the CNN article gives therapeutic hypnosis more credibility. And, a simple down-to-earth explanation of how hypnosis works make it easy for people to realize that someday hypnosis may benefit them.