Phill Curr

Phill Curr is a full member of the Australian Hypnotherapy Association (Australia’s premier registration association for hypnotherapists). Phill provides intervention for phobias, weight loss, mood disorders, and to quit smoking. Phill has strong interests in the neuroscience of mood disorders and the mind and body relationship.

What is hypnosis?

The process of hypnosis is one person being guided by another (the Hypnotherapist) to respond to suggestions for changes in subjective experience, alterations in perception, sensation, emotion, thought, or behaviour. Hypnosis typically involves suggestions to induce mental and physical relaxation. When in hypnosis, the conscious mind (the busy and analytical mind) takes a rest and the subconscious mind (also referred to as the unconscious mind) is accessed to facilitate change. Like traditional psychological interventions, the goal of hypnosis is to reduce cognitive and behavioural dysfunction and expand wellness.

What does hypnosis feel like?

The feeling when in hypnosis has been likened to the feelings we experience before drifting off to sleep or the period prior to waking from sleep. Some people say that it feels like daydreaming.

Is there empirical evidence that clinical hypnosis really works?

Hypnosis tends to receive a mixed reaction from professionals and the general public; people are often curious about hypnosis and curiosity is also met with skepticism based on commonly held and predictable misconceptions (e.g., hypnosis is a powerful form of mind control in which the hypnotised person has no free will) that can be formed from variations of stage hypnosis and other misconceptions.

The science of clinical hypnosis has been directly influenced by the push for empirically supported treatments and in recent years there has been a substantial and high quality body of research to assess the treatment effectiveness of hypnosis. Clinical hypnosis has been successfully applied to a wide range of disorders including anxiety, depression, PTSD, anorexia nervosa, pain, habit control, sleep disorders, and psychosomatic disorders. For further information, review: American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, International Society of Clinical Hypnosis, Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, The Milton H. Erickson Foundation, and National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute.

Yapko, D. M. (2012). Trancework: An introduction to the practice of clinical hypnosis (4th ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.


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