The theta brain wave state produced during hypnotherapy is essentially the same as that which we experience when we are daydreaming. So this is not a special state only accessible to a few but something which can be accessed by all of us. In this state it is possible to create new neural pathways which support positive patterns of thinking and behaviour, replacing less helpful pathways.
Scientific studies have established beyond doubt that not only does hypnotherapy work but in fact can be more effective than other interventions including psychotherapy, behavioural therapy and medication.
A 2016 study by researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine showed through functional magnetic resonance imaging that hypnotherapy had an observable physiological effect on brain activity to beneficial effect. The study’s senior author, Professor David Spiegel MD, professor and associate chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences states that hypnotherapy is “a very powerful means of changing the way we use our minds to control perception and our bodies”.
Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions
Behaviour Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions
Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions
Source: Barrios A “Hypnotherapy: A Reappraisal,” Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice
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