Clinical hypnotherapy for depression, anxiety, somatization syndromes
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.
Furthermore, overall necessary treatment with sessions of clinical hypnotherapy is much shorter than sessions of CBT.
It is good news that Behavioural Activation proved equally effective to CBT, but it would be great news if Clinical hypnotherapeutic sessions proved more effective than Behavioural Activation, in specifically designed comparative research studies against depression.
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