Understandably quite a number of people wish to know whether there are contraindications for hypnotherapy – and if so, what are they. The straight answer is Yes and below are outlined conditions where this applies.
But, as with so much in life, the full answer is rather more complicated than just a simple Yes or No. So this page will also try to explain in a little more detail. ,
It may be helpful to start by considering a condition which may not appear to be a contraindication. The client’s own attitude to the therapy.
Some people are extremely nervous, even scared of the idea of experiencing hypnotherapy. They may fear losing control, or revealing innermost secrets, or drifting into some esoteric world.
Such fears are unnecessary because for most people hypnotherapy is a pleasant, gentle, and extremely safe experience.
However for those for whom hypnosis arouses strong, persistent feelings of anxiety – even after meeting and talking over these concerns with a therapist – it would probably be best to seek some other form of therapy.
Then there is a range of ailments where hypnotherapy is appropriate, and often highly effective, but where it should only be provided if the condition has been diagnosed and confirmed by the client’s own doctor. These include asthma and irritable bowel syndrome.
Moving up the scale we come to the area where hypnotherapy is contraindicated. These include: