The main question that many clients have for the therapist is,will it work and what is the success rate?
In other words, what guarantee is there that your money and time will be well spent.
Let me answer that though the medium of video.
A level of service is the only genuine guarantee that a therapist can offer. Expectation of success is an important part of getting results but ultimately the power resides with the client as to how the therapy concludes. It may sound like excuses but its the truth.
Success rates are often published by therapists. These have to be taken with a big dose of salts. Any therapist’s personal success rate cannot be compared with clinical trial effectiveness due to the massive difference in the way the evidence is collected and treated. This is the reason it is considered unprofessional to publish one’s own ‘success rate’ because it cannot be properly compared to any other therapist or clinical trial in an accurate way.
The best safeguard for the client is to get a good sense of the therapist before starting therapy, to ask all those awkward questions and to have a clear sense what you are entering into. To ask about therapy methods,number of sessions and aftercare are all important issues to address before shelling out cash.
Find out more about hypnotherapy in London from my website.
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Pseudoscience is often a criticism associated with ‘alternative therapy’.
In fact Pseudoscience can be practiced by even the most scientific and is not confined to the fringes, although the fringes probably dabble more than most.
But does hypnotherapy involve itself in pseudoscientific theories?
Well if you see hypnosis as the application of suggestion whereby the patient uses their imagination and sensory awareness then most people would accept those aspects as rational and believable.
However ,the broad range of uses of hypnosis and the specific ‘state’ of hypnosis are up for debate .
More detailed research will in time provide more evidence of effectiveness or otherwise and more clarity as to the specific ‘state’ of hypnosis.
It is when hypnotherapists make claims about the subconscious that a whiff of pseudoscience breezes in.
Because what is the subconscious? Does anyone know exactly what they mean when they use this term?
Best to keep it simple and not use terms that make a simple therapy more complicated.
Unless you want to charge huge sums training others, then it pays to blind them with pseudoscience!
See Ben Goldacres Bad Science blog about these matters.
Pain relief is one of the seemingly magical effects of hypnosis and hypnotherapy.
This study compares Hypnosis with Imagination and Placebo and found that all three reduce pain and that Imaginiation is as effective as Hypnosis.
Interesting stuff…well for me it is anyway.
The study also showed that expectation, the idea of a positive outcome, increases the effect of all three methods, while Placebo benefited the most from the expectation of success.
Now we know why snake oil salesman talk up their product, it really does make snake oil more effective!
Interested in using hypnosis to reduce pain, give me a call here
In these rational and skeptic times, more and more people are rightly looking for research evidence to test the claims made by therapists. Thankfully there is a lot of hypnotherapy and hypnosis research material available.
Donald Robertson has collected some links on this page as part of his work for the National Council for Hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy has been around for quite a while and so over the years there have been many trials, studies and experiments investigating the elusive quality of hypnosis. Elusive because it is a hard thing to measure and quantify. This is partly why CBT has come to the forefront of psychotherapy due to the simple directness and repeatability of its use.
Followers of Ben Goldacre and Bad Science will be aware of the bashing that alternative therapies have been getting.
Homeopathy and Chiropractic have been under scrutiny and have been perhaps rightly knocked for having pseudo scientific concepts.
So is hypnotherapy the next in line for such treatment? Well it wouldnt be a bad thing to have a discussion on the theory behind hypnosis.
Researchers in the field of hypnosis are now heavily promoting the idea that its all suggestion and that a distinct definable ‘state’ that indicates hypnosis does not exist.
Check out the great work by Irving Kirsch.
In other words its a great big wonderful placebo that can be applied without deception because the client knows ‘its all in the mind’.
Hypnosis, the non deceptive placebo.