CLINICAL hypnosis is a form of therapeutic intervention that generates an altered state of awareness in order to treat psychological, emotional or medical issues. It is also a powerful tool for behavioural or personal development, empowerment and motivation. Humans naturally experience the state of hypnosis (known as hypnoidal state) several times a day for example when we daydream or the moment shortly before we fall asleep. It is a highly relaxed state of alert inner focus, enhanced concentration and focused attention. Essentially, it is when both our cognitive (thinking) and emotional (feeling and intuitive) systems are engaged in creating a conducive state for therapeutic treatment. According to clinical hypnotherapist and London College of Clinical Hynopsis Asia principle Dr Sheila Menon (pix), “The hypnotic state creates a super alert inner focus which means that learning can take place quickly and efficiently.” Importantly, clinical hypnosis is a collaborative practice where the patient is always in control and where change can only take place if there is consent. COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTION There is a huge body of research that demonstrates the benefits of clinical hypnotherapy within healthcare. This includes the efficacy of clinical hypnosis in pain management, as an adjunct to surgery, to weight management, changing habits and treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other psychosomatic conditions (physical illness or other conditions caused or aggravated by a mental factor such as internal conflict or stress). It is also effective in mitigating psychological problems and anxiety disorders, helping with insomnia and mental health disorders such as depression. Additionally, it helps patients cope with chronic illness and the side effects of long-term treatment. Besides that, clinical hypnotherapy can also be employed to help in childbirth, psychogenic infertility, assist with IVF and for psychosexual disorders. There is even research on its benefits in treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Clinical hypnosis is also an excellent tool for corporate coaching and for helping people cope with performance anxiety and public presentations. It is useful in problem solving, removing limiting beliefs, maintaining concentration and shaping a goal-driven attitude and focus. SAFE PRACTICE Clinical hypnosis provides a safe and ethical way to work with a range of issues. It can even empower people towards success. The practice is within a clinical context, meaning that the rationale and methods of assessing its effectiveness are rigorous and consistent with evidence-based assessments of mainstream science. “It also means that the training, practice and code of ethics are of a high quality,” shares Menon, who worked with Academy of Family Physicians of Malaysia from 2006 to 2015 to introduce safe ethical hypnosis to healthcare in Malaysia. LCCH MALAYSIA The London College of Clinical Hypnosis Malaysia (LCCH) is a pioneer in clinical hypnotherapy in Malaysia and leads the way for the practice in the region. Established in 2006, it has been committed to raising awareness and standards for the practice of clinical hypnotherapy. Besides having trained 1,000 students in Asia comprising doctors, HR managers, teachers, IT professionals and others, it has collaborated with Universiti Malaya in researching the effects of the practice and has established the first Clinical Hypnotherapy Centre with Pantai Hospital. LCCH Malaysia offers courses designed for both medical and therapeutic practice for general and corporate interest. Graduates from the LCCH Malaysia who have completed the professional training are eligible for membership with the Academy of Family Physicians of Malaysia and corporate training is registered with the Human Resource Development Fund. In conjunction with its 10th anniversary next year, LCCH Malaysia is offering a commemorative course in January at a special fee of RM5,300 (normal price RM6,500). For more information, log on to www.lcchasia.comor call 03-7960 6439.