Hypnotherapy is used as a treatment method for anxiety disorders, depression, and addictions. While under hypnosis, the hypnotherapist alters how the person views different situations in order to help the person be able to handle these situations in a way that is beneficial rather than having a depressed or anxious reaction to them.
People's experiences with hypnosis vary greatly. The hypnotherapist may give the client some relaxation techniques to practice quieting the mind between hypnosis sessions.
One client who went to see a hypnotherapist for anxiety said that the hypnotherapy was beneficial, but the effects weren't long term. Another client named Joe thought that the hypnosis helped his anxiety, he found the sessions particularly helpful since he learned relaxation techniques that he continued to use on his own. Another client was so happy with her results with hypnotherapy for social anxiety that she became an anxiety hypnotherapist.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a special type of therapy that often is used to treat post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which is an anxiety disorder that arises from experiencing a life-threatening event. This type of therapy is designed to help the person effectively process the memory of the traumatic event so that the symptoms of PTSD can be resolved.
During an EMDR session, the therapist may snap their fingers, click a pen, tap their knee, or move a finger in front of the person's eyes repeatedly while the client is telling details about the traumatic event. This stimulation is thought to help the mind integrate the memory.
Heidi, a client of a therapist, received EMDR therapy for PTSD. She said that the PTSD symptoms became much less severe for her, but the therapy did not remove all the symptoms. While some clients say that the EMDR works well to lessen or eliminate the symptoms after only one session, others say that EMDR requires several sessions to be effective. These differences can be related to the severity of the illness and individual differences in how well the person responds to this treatment.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is sometimes referred to as tapping. Like EMDR, this therapy uses stimuli while the client is talking. With EFT, the therapist taps specific points on the person's body while the person is repeating statements made by the therapist. Meredith visited a therapist for panic attacks. The therapist helped her to use EFT on herself when she begins to feel anxious. Meredith feels that the EFT has been a beneficial tool to reducing the number and severity of her panic attacks.
Hypnosis, EFT, and EMDR can be positive experiences for the clients even if the method was not completely successful in curing the depression or anxiety. A person may need to try one of more of these or other types of therapy before finding the best treatment method.
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