Hypnotherapy is a type of psychotherapy and the treatment involves hypnotizing the patient and then creating unconscious changes in thoughts, attitudes, behavior and feelings. Whilst under hypnosis, patients are more susceptible and responsive to suggestions. Not all patients can be hypnotized. There are some techniques for measuring how easily a person can be hypnotized (Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale, the Friedlander Sarbin scale) but no single test has proved foolproof.
There are several forms of hypnotherapy – traditional hypnotherapy, Ericksonian hypnotherapy, neurolinguistic programming (NLP) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT or CBH).
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Hypnotherapy is a valid part of a personalized treatment strategy and can strongly support all other treatments with no side effects.
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Rules Regulations and Associations
There is no single global umbrella organization, association or federation for hypnotherapy. Each country has its own rules and regulations and there are various associations for the different styles of the practice of hypnotherapy
UK Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations http://www.ukcho.co.uk/
AUSTRIA Milton Erickson Society for Clinical Hypnosis and Brief Therapy, Austria http://www.hypno-mega.at/
BELGIUM Flemish Scientific Hypnosis Association http://www.vhyp.be/
DENMARK Danish Society of Clinical Hypnosis www.hypnoterapi.com
FINLAND Scientific Hypnosis Association Vetenskaplig Hypnos rf www.hypnoosi.net
FRANCE Association Française d’Hypnose www.afhyp.com
GERMANY German Society of Hypnosis www.hypnose-dgh.de
HUNGARY Hungarian Association of Hypnosis www.hipnozis-mhe.hu
ITALY Associazione Medica Italiana Studio Ipnosi www.amisi.it
NETHERLANDS Dutch Association for Hypnosis www.nvvh.com
NORWAY Norwegian Society of Clinical Evidencebased Hypnosis www.hyposeforeningen.no
SPAIN Spanish Association of Clincial Hypnosis and Physcotherapy www.sociedadhipnosis.com
SWEDEN Swedish Society of Clinical Hypnosis http://www.hypnosforeningen.se/
SWITZERLAND Society of Clinical Hypnosis Switzerland Société médicale www.hypnos.ch
Israel Society of Hypnosis www.hebpsy.net/hypno