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Hypnotherapy in Healthcare: Collaborating for Holistic Wellness


In recognition of World Hypnosis Day, the spotlight shines on the transformative role of hypnotherapy in healthcare. The New Zealand Association of Professional Hypnotherapists (NZAPH) champions this cause, showcasing how hypnotherapists work in concert with other health modalities to provide comprehensive care. This collaborative approach underscores the versatility and efficacy of clinical hypnotherapy in treating a variety of conditions.


The Collaborative Role of Hypnotherapists

Hypnotherapists, as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team, bring a unique skill set that complements traditional medical treatments. They work alongside GPs, psychologists, and other health professionals to create holistic treatment plans. This collaboration ensures that patients receive well-rounded care, addressing both their physical and psychological needs.


Broad Applications of Clinical Hypnotherapy

Clinical hypnotherapy’s applications are diverse, offering solutions for a range of health challenges:

  • Chronic Pain Management: Hypnotherapy provides an effective tool for reducing chronic pain, often working alongside physiotherapists or pain specialists.

  • Mental Health Support: It’s a valuable adjunct in treating anxiety, depression, and stress-related disorders, complementing psychological therapies.

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Hypnotherapy has been shown to alleviate IBS symptoms, working in conjunction with dietitians and gastroenterologists.

  • Insomnia and Sleep Disorders: In collaboration with sleep specialists, hypnotherapy can help retrain sleep patterns and improve sleep quality.

  • Support for Cancer Patients: Hypnotherapy aids in managing pain, nausea, and anxiety, enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients undergoing treatment.


New Zealand Success Stories

  • Lucy’s Battle with Insomnia: A Wellington resident, Lucy struggled with chronic insomnia for years. Through hypnotherapy, in combination with sleep hygiene advice from a sleep specialist, she achieved regular, restful sleep, transforming her daily life.

  • Mike’s Journey with Chronic Pain: Mike from Christchurch, suffering from long-term back pain, found significant relief through hypnotherapy. This was part of a multi-disciplinary approach including physiotherapy and pain medication management.

  • Sophie’s IBS Management: Auckland-based Sophie turned to hypnotherapy as part of her IBS treatment plan, which also included dietary adjustments. The results were life-changing, with a marked reduction in her symptoms.


Clinical hypnotherapy in New Zealand is more than a standalone therapy; it’s a vital component of holistic healthcare. The NZAPH’s commitment to promoting hypnotherapy as a complementary treatment option is instrumental in enhancing patient care. As we celebrate World Hypnosis Day, let’s acknowledge the integral role of hypnotherapy in fostering overall wellness and the success stories that inspire continued exploration and application of this therapy.As we celebrate World Hypnosis Day, it’s essential to recognise hypnotherapy’s role in healthcare, a field where it has moved beyond stereotypes to become a respected therapeutic tool. The New Zealand Association of Professional Hypnotherapists (NZAPH) is at the forefront of this integration, championing the use of hypnotherapy in various healthcare settings across New Zealand.







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