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BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i839 (Published 17 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i839

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Clinical hypnotherapy instead of mindfulness

Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy has demonstrated 70% enhanced treatment outcomes and long term remission compared to CBT alone, in meta-analysis of 18 relative studies.
Additionally, hypnosis sessions can also deal with associated phobias, substance abuse, eating disorders, low self esteem, social behavior patterns, motivation development, etc, commonly encountered in such patients, at the subconscious level.
Methods like reframing, ego reinforcement, releasing tension, taking responsibility, age progression, physical dissociation, metaphor, anchors, confusion techniques for facilitating specific amnesia, have profound long term impact.
Clinical hypnotherapy is widely used against for depression, anxiety, somatization syndromes.
Furthermore, overall necessary treatment with sessions of clinical hypnotherapy is much shorter than sessions of classical psychotherapy, CBT or mindfulness workshops.
References
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7751482
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24660336
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22655331
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20183000
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11269629
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24837063

Competing interests: Dr Stavros Saripanidis is also certified in providing clinical hypnotherapy interventions.

14 March 2016
Stavros Saripanidis
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Thessaloniki, Greece