Hypnosis can be legally practiced in Australia by qualified members of the Medical, Psychological and Dental professions. It usually promotes relaxation and peace of mind thus increasing a sense of comfort and security and minimising fears. Hypnotherapy is commonly used for the following applications:
- Medical: Treatments for most conditions including asthma, enuresis, hypertension, migraine, obesity, smoking cessation, gastrointestinal disorders and anxiety. It is also used extensively for labour and childbirth, minor surgical procedures, and pain control.
- Psychological & Psychotherapeutic: Anxiety control, motivation training, attitude change, depression, eating disorders, fears and phobias, memory training, nail biting, panic and performance anxiety, sexual dysfunction, sleep disorders, stuttering, study problems, trauma counselling, thumb sucking.
Hypnosis can enhance the benefits of psychotherapy. It is particularly useful for helping people change their behaviour, symptoms, and attitudes. It is one of the most powerful psychological methods for mental and physical relaxation. Thus, hypnosis is useful for anxiety, stress control, and phobias. It is also useful in dealing with attentional deficits, motivation, assertiveness and confidence building, ego-strengthening and improving confidence and self-esteem.
Hypnosis does not work miracles and should never be seen as a cure for all problems. It usually is one method among others and patients are required to practice and actively implement changes as suggested during the treatment. Sometimes hypnosis does not work and other techniques may be more useful and successful.
Information adapted from the Australian Society of Hypnosis.