Hypnotherapy could be an option in the case of physical symptoms that apparently relate to an unconscious conditioning due to an old trauma, that will not surface to awareness. Ever since the psychotherapeutic research of especially Freud in the beginning of the 20th century, there’s broad consensus that the mind has both a conscious (rational) and an unconscious (impulsive ) part. Many of your drives, tempers, urges and beliefs share their source in various unconscious conditionings. When these hamper your life to such a degree that you cannot operate normally any more, some form of psychotherapy is required. Hypnotherapy is one way to gain controlled access to the unconscious part of the mind.
The effectiveness of the trance effect lies in changes in the brain wave frequencies. In various stages of a hypno therapy session, the brain wave frequencies are increasingly lowered, from 10-14 Hz on a normal working day, to 6-9 Hz in the alpha range (at rest) and, if needed, to 4-5 Hz, the state of drowsing and light sleep.
An important precondition for effective hypnotherapy is full reciprocal trust between client and practitioner. If it turns out to be difficult to establish a relationship in which both of you trust each other unconditionally, this will seriously hamper the effectiveness of this method.
In the course of the years, various forms of self-hypnotherapy surfaced. In these cases, the client is guided by instructions (through headphones). The instructions may or may not come with fitting background music, which can itself facilitate the brain wave calming process. However, this form of hypnotherapy means that the direction by the therapist inevitably remains much more global. In some cases, self-hypnotherapy is more reminiscent of sound therapy.
Acceptance of hypnotherapy as an effective therapy varies. On the one hand, there are ample scientifically documented cases that demonstrate the effectiveness of hypnotherapy; on the other hand, there is still a widely spread feeling of skepticism about such a ‘mysterious’ form of therapy. Hypnotherapists usually unite in associations, for example the Dutch Professional Association for Hypnotherapy, which also organizes some form of accreditation. Whenever you consider hypnotherapy, you would do well to check the membership of the therapist with such an association.