Understanding Contraindications In Hypnotherapy: When Hypnosis May Not Be the Right Path
Delving into the mystical, yet scientifically validated world of hypnosis can often feel like venturing into uncharted territory. But like a compass leading the way, it’s essential to be aware of when this therapy may not be the most suitable option. Before seeing a hypnotherapist, it is best to understand if you may have any contraindications that could impact on your success.
The Complexity of Hypnosis
Imagine hypnosis as a dance partner. Ideally, both parties engage harmoniously, flowing seamlessly from one step to the next. However, certain individuals might find this dance difficult, not because they lack rhythm, but due to pre-existing circumstances. Individuals with specific medical problems, active substance abuse, or delusional tendencies might find hypnosis more of a stumbling block than a gentle waltz (Palmer & Dryden, 1995).
When the Dance Becomes Difficult: Hypnosis and Neurotic Disorders
In the dance of therapy, hypnosis traditionally swirls around with neurotic disorders, helping individuals to overcome their anxiety and uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. But when it comes to psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia or varying psychoses, the dance gets too complex. Hypnosis becomes a waltz that cannot be safely executed due to the disorder’s inherent intricacies (Palmer & Dryden, 1995).
The Dangers of the Wrong Partner: Hypnosis and Pathological Personality Disorders
Moreover, people with pathological personality disorders, those suffering from drug or alcohol-induced psychosis, and individuals with suicidal tendencies may not be the right partners for the dance of hypnosis. Instead, these individuals should be directed towards the steadier arms of their doctors and psychiatrists, where they can receive suitable care and treatment.
Dancing Through Pain: The Dangers of Hypnosis and Physical Illness
Hypnosis has proven to be a great dance partner for dealing with pain, offering some a respite from their discomfort. However, it becomes a treacherous tango when the pain has a physical origin. Hypnosis shouldn’t be used to obscure the perception of pain unless the underlying cause has been determined by a physician (Palmer & Dryden, 1995). Picture hypnosis as a band-aid on a deep wound; it might momentarily cover the injury, but it won’t heal it.
The Wrong Rhythm: Hypnosis and Patient Will
Like any dance, hypnosis should be a consensual experience. It’s unwise to induce hypnosis on an unwilling participant, just as it’s inappropriate to force someone to dance against their will. Moreover, using hypnosis to attain goals beyond the patient’s wishes is both ethically and practically problematic.
Hypnosis: The Dance Not Meant for Everyone
Hypnosis is indeed a beautiful and beneficial dance, but it’s not one everyone can or should participate in. Officially, individuals suffering from dementia, psychotic disorders, and those under the influence of alcohol or drugs may not find hypnosis beneficial. Similarly, those with comprehension difficulties or severe conditions like asthma, epilepsy or narcolepsy might find the dance of hypnosis exacerbating their condition (Palmer & Dryden, 1995).
Contraindications and Medical Consent
Nevertheless, like the rhythm of a song that somehow seeps into your veins, sometimes hypnosis can work wonders where it’s least expected. With the right medical advice, consent, and supervision, even those who traditionally might not be considered suitable dance partners for hypnosis can find a rhythm that works for them, aiding their journey towards improved well-being.
Unsure If You Have Any Contraindications?
If you’re unsure if you have any contraindictions that may prevent you from experiencing hypnotherapy successfully, then you are still welcome to book a free no-obligation consultation call. In that call, you can discuss you concern and together, we can determine what the best way forward would be.
Release Hypnosis Melbourne Hypnotherapy
Since 2016, Lawrence Akers has been working under the name Release Hypnosis offering Hypnotherapy and ACT based work to the people of Melbourne or an online service. Based on St Kilda Rd, Release Hypnosis is an easy and convenient location to get to and accessible by the ANZAC station train and tram stop. Release Hypnosis can help with a wide range of presenting issues, and I offer a free 30 minute no obligation discovery call for those who are unsure if hypnotherapy is the right way forward for them.
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