I have just been diagnosed with cancer and I am really scared. I heard that hypnosis is helpful. I am so angry and upset all of the time. I don’t know what to do. Please help me.
Thank you for your e-mail. Hypnotherapy has been used for a long period of time to hep people who have been diagnosed with cancer. There are several techniques that I use, but probably the most important point I need to make is that I combine the hypnosis with psychotherapy. It is the support and the hypnosis that makes the treatment effective. One technique that I used is an ‘instant calm’ technique and help people to experience life without constant worrying. I also can spend some time looking at the diagnosis and how to tackle this information. In addition, we can talk about how to deal with pain.
The most common features of cancer are pain and fatigue. Hypnotherapy is extremely helpful with this in mind. Hypnotherapy can enhance the quality of life and provides support throughout the day. Hypnosis is very valuable in helping people go through radiotherapy or operations. I also teach self hypnosis. The value of this is that it gives patients (or clients), more control throughout the day. I also use dissociative techniques to move the pain further away and to decrease the intensity of the pain in specific areas of the body. Hypnotherapy is extremely valuable for pain relief. If you would like to book a session, I look forward to seeing you.
Dr David Kraft; hypnotherapist and psychotherapist
Dr David Kraft (PhD) is a full member of the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH), and a member of the Royal Society of Medicine. He is also on the General Hypnotherapy Register. He has three diplomas–the BST Foundation Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis, the BST Foundation Advanced Certificate in Clinical and Strategic Hypnosis and a diploma in Clinical Psychology. He has published four articles in Contemporary Hypnosis, the official journal for BSCAH, and three articles in the Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. At present, David is based in Harley Street and has a private practice there. He uses hypnosis as an adjunct to his treatment programme, which essential employs psychodynamic psychotherapy. Dr David Kraft is not a medical doctor.