• Loraine Makowski-Heaton

Does Hypnotherapy Work?


Often Clients will ask; "Does Hypnotherapy Work?

For many the proof is in how much better they feel, even after one session. Often they are amazed at the change.

I know that from my own clients. Nearly all leave my therapy room feeling more relaxed, more energised and more focused. Often they will have an insight into problem issues which they face and will be finding ways through those problems.

What the Professor of Medicine says

But some people are a bit more sceptical and like to see hard evidence. Well, the good news is that there is a lot out there and new evidence coming out all the time.

Here is one expert, a Professor of Medicine at the presitgious American seat of learning, Stanford University.

He is Professor David Spiegel, a long-standing champion of hypnosis as a serious technique to help in many, many clinical and medical conditions. Professor Spiegel won a prestigious award for his research into stress and health.

Collecting the Evidence

In an interview with The Stanford Daily, Professor Spiegel explained that he had stood his ground in the face of scepticism about hypnosis, saying : "There are people who think hypnosis is just a bunch of mumbo-jumbo, and it isn't. It's the oldest western conception of psychotherapy. My main way of dealing with it is knowing that to advance medical care you need facts, not opinions. My way of standing up to it is to do the research, publish it in mainstream journals and let people read the work and decide if we have enough evidence to support our claims."

A Bright Future: Managing Stressors

Professor Spiegel thinks there is a bright future for hypnosis. He said:

"I would like to see people use it as a regular technique to help them focus better, think better and manage stressors better. I use it as a therapeutic tool, but a lot of what I teach patients virtually anybody could learn. I would love to see it used as a treaching and learning technique that most people know how to do. I think there's a lot we learn from helping people manage pain and anxiety and focus their attention. I'd like to see it not as a just some weird historical footnote but as a standard technique."

I love Professor Spiegel's emphasis on 'anyone can learn'. That is just what I say to my clients. "You will not be here one hour longer than you need to be and I will do everything I can to help you look after yourself." is my mantra.

And Professor Spiegel is right, it is quite easy! So come along and try it for yourself.

You can read more from Propfessor Spiegel's interview at www.standorddaily.com/2014/04/27/professor-of-medicient-spiegel-talks-about-medical-hypnosis-receiving-the-joan-and-standford-alexander-award/


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