ContraindicationHypnotherapy and Hypnobalancing™ in Berlin
Patient characteristics might contraindicate the use of hypnosis. This is a controversial subject. Different experts have varying opinions about the appropriate uses of hypnosis. I tend to be more conservative than some other experienced clinicians. I believe no one should use hypnosis for public entertainment. It is not a good idea to try to induce hypnosis in a patient who does not want it. One should not use hypnosis to try to achieve goals other than the patient’s wishes. Generally, it would be difficult to use hypnosis in this way.
There are a number of specific patients who I might feel would benefit more from another type of psychotherapeutic intervention. Hypnotherapy is one of a number of psychotherapeutic treatment techniques. The person doing the hypnosis should first be a well-rounded expert with knowledge of diagnosis and treatment.
When evaluating a patient for potential hypnosis, it is important to consider possible contraindications, including the emotional state of the patient and the desired outcome. Cooperation is an essential element for effective hypnosis. If an individual is uncooperative or hostile, hypnosis may not be the best treatment option. Additionally, some patients will not be able to be hypnotized due to brain trauma or cognitive deficits. In these cases, hypnosis is contraindicated.
Contraindications for or cases in which hypnosis, hypnotherapy, and Hypnobalancing aren’t recommended:
Perhaps the most important concern is that hypnosis could exacerbate a pre-existing psychosis. Therefore, hypnosis is contraindicated for a patient displaying signs of psychosis.
- Bipolar Disorder
- Brain Injury
- Seizure Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Tourette’s Syndrome
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Alcoholism or another drug addiction
- Borderline Personality Disorder
For patients with a borderline personality disorder or dependent personality disorder, there is a risk that the patient will want to form intense or inappropriate relationships or interactions with the practitioner.
I don’t work with patients when there is such a kind of contraindication.
Are you not sure?
Before you make your reservation ask your medical doctor. This is especially important when you get medical treatment.
Be sure to read the following notice
Before contacting me, please read the detailed information on fees, booking, contraindications of hypnotherapy, and the answers to other common questions (FAQ). I would be happy to discuss your specific needs with you in a free preliminary telephone consultation.
These pages are intended to provide information to those interested in psychotherapy with hypnotherapy. They are neither intended to replace psychotherapy nor a personal consultation, examination, or diagnosis by a licensed physician. I am not a medical doctor. I am specialized to help people with fears and anxiety disorders. The profession of a hypnotherapist (official permission to practice psychotherapy according to the HPG) is fundamentally different from the practice of a medical doctor. Medical diagnoses are not made, nor are promises of healing made or medications prescribed. A medical or psychiatric intervention, if necessary, is not to be replaced by hypnotherapeutic treatment under any circumstances.
If you have questions about psychotherapy with hypnosis, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am happy to inform you.
Published: March 12, 2007
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: January 27, 2022
Translation: August 23, 2019