Monday, 6 June 2011

Hypnosis on the NHS?

A new report from the hypnosis and psychosomatic medicine section of the Royal Society of Medicine is in favour of hypnosis becoming a standard technique on the NHS to relieve pain and treat stress related conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.

I am, of course, very glad indeed to find that the hypnosis and psychomatic medicine section of the Royal Society of Medicine and I are finally in agreement, but I have to wonder how - and whether! - this excellent idea is going to work in practice.

Hypnosis is a very efficient and beneficial form of therapy that can be used to address many problems and alleviate many distressing conditions - but it is very time-consuming form of therapy.  A single hypnosis session usually lasts for an hour or more - and some conditions demand many sessions.  General Practitioners who take the trouble to learn how to use the technique therefore frequently find that they never have the time to use it.

The answer to that problem is, of course, outsourcing, and there are doubtless many medical practioners who would be prepared to outsource their patients to qualified hypnotherapists, and many qualified hypnotherapists who would be only too glad to take on the work.  Unfortunately, as both Emily and I know only too well, getting an NHS Provider Number in the first place is very difficult, and keeping it current is the sort of bureaucratic nightmare that forces most therapists to give up and try to forget all about it.

Sadly, I think that hypnosis can only become a standard technique that is available to everyone on the NHS if people are encouraged to understand what they can get out of it  - and you can begin to do that for yourself by visiting - and then ask for for what they want, and go on asking in an increasingly loud voice until they get it.

Bill -

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