When I mention to people that I am a certified clinical hypnotherapist, they often respond with great curiosity. They typically want to know what hypnosis it is, how it works, and if it is safe. I hope this blog will answer those questions and more!
The Unconscious Mind and Hypnosis
Sigmund Freud published his groundbreaking work on the unconscious mind in 1915. Freud, Jung and Lacan were the pioneers who conceptualized and expanded upon the idea of the unconscious mind. They gained insights into patients’ unconscious mind through various methods, such as dream interpretation, free association, and verbal slips, also known as Freudian slips, as well as hypnosis.
The relevance of the unconscious mind is that it affects how we feel, think, perceive, and behave. It is the source of automatic thoughts, memory, emotional memory, insight, knowledge, inner conflict, fears and desires. To access the unconscious mind, the hypnotherapist puts the client in a hypnotic trance. This is a state of deep relaxation bordering on the verge of sleep. In this state, the hypnotherapist, through special techniques, accesses the unconscious mind to improve mental health and well-being.
What is the Difference between Hypnosis and Clinical Hypnotherapy?
A hypnotist does hypnosis by making suggestions to the subconscious mind, whereas a clinical hypnotherapist applies special therapeutic techniques to achieve treatment success. Clinical hypnotherapy involves guided imageries, parts-therapy, regressions, relearning, and discharge of negative or overpowering emotions (abreactions).
How Do I find a Qualified Hypnotherapist in Dubai?
If you are looking for a hypnotherapist in Dubai, you will find a number of practitioners online. The first thing you will want to do is review the provider’s profile and see if they are certified through a professional hypnosis board. It’s a good idea to select a practitioner who also holds a Dubai license in one of the mental healthcare professions, such as psychologist or counselor. This assures that they have the necessary knowledge and experience to assess a person’s mental health and establish what treatments are most beneficial for the client.
What Conditions are Treated at CHMC, in Dubai, with Hypnotherapy?
- Phobias (debilitating, irrational fears, such as needle phobias, elevator phobias, flying phobias)
- Quit Smoking
- Weight Loss
- Low Confidence
- Fear of Public Speaking
- Motivation (any aspect of life)
How Many Sessions Does it Take?
You can expect improvement after the first session. An average for quit smoking, or treating phobias, is 3 sessions. As a client centered, clinical hypnotherapist in Dubai, I will adjust to client needs. It is through a collaborate effort that clients experience healing and well-being.
Is Hypnotherapy Safe?
If you are in the hands of a qualified professional, hypnotherapy is safe. The reason for this is that such a practitioner can safely work with anything that emerges during a session, and knows how to avoid planting false memories.
A Thought on Fees
In my viewpoint, the fees for hypnotherapy provided by a mental healthcare professional should be equal to that of a session of psychotherapy. The average rates in Dubai are between 600 and 1200 AED per 1-hour sessions. When making inquiries for hypnotherapy in Dubai, you will find rates from 350 to 2,800 AED per session. It is in your best interest to study the practitioners’ credentials and experience, and then made an educated decision on what a reasonable fee would be.
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