Complementary Medical Hypnosis Supplement
Performance of: Hypnosis, Relaxation, and Guided Imagery
Norman Cousins, in his book, Healing Heart, repeatedly referred to the patient’s feelings of fear, panic, and helplessness. He states that the three ingredients necessary for successful recovery are curiosity, a sense of challenge and confidence. It is here that Jeff’s certification and training can aid both patient, physician and healthcare facility.
Jeff’s certified hypnotherapist will help the doctor alleviate the combination of apprehension and despair so often felt by the patient which, if left unattended, can retard the medical procedure and its aim of returning the patient to health.
As the patient realizes that through the use of his/her mind, a sense of power, control, and confidence is gained. In this respect, the patient is enabled to take responsibility and to acknowledge the power from within to transform thought into an experience.
Jeff’s certified hypnotherapists are trained to recognize the patient’s particular communication style and to use it to tap the patient’s innermost source of strength – the power of he mind to control physical response and to continue to respond to the medial crisis in such a way as to transcend assumed or assigned limitations to wellness and/or quality of life. This is the focal point of hypnotherapy.
The objectives are clear: to help create a sense of peace and harmony within the individual, so that the current medical challenge can be met and dealt with in a positive manner, thus making the procedures toward wellness and peace of mind less traumatic.
The objectives include the following:
- Aid the physician and healthcare team, by preparing the patient for the procedure, thereby enhancing the healing process.
- Aid the physician in bringing the patient to a state of wellness and quality of life.
- Reinforce the physicians “orders” and give suggestions for continued speedy recovery.
- Aid the hospital or healthcare facility in the performance of their function to: meet the requirements of D.R.G. and reduce the number of drugs the patient would normally require, especially in the control of pain.
- Reduce the fear and anxiety associated with medical procedures as well as catastrophic illness.
- Assist the family in reducing their anxiety – stress relief therapy if needed.
- Teach the family members to appropriate positive suggestions to reinforce the physician’s and hospital staff’s efforts on behalf of the patient.
- Teach the patient how to use self-hypnosis after the hospital stays to control pain and aid in his/her healing process.
In addition to medical challenges, Jeff’s certified hypnotherapist helps persons deal effectively with non-medical problems. Finding solutions to self-sabotaging habits leads to peace of mind and control of negative attitudes can lead to physical illness.
The benefits of this program are far-reaching.
- The DOCTORS will have available a highly trained hypnotherapist whom they can call. This therapist will work in close harmony with the doctors.
- The HOSPITAL will benefit from a shorter patient stay in their facility, because of the patient’s increased response to getting well and thus go home early. This will aid the hospital/healthcare facility in decreasing the cost of operation while increasing services to the patient and aid in meeting the requirements of D.R.G.
- The PATIENT will have an opportunity to learn how to control his/her mind with the assistance of an empathetic and skilled hypnotherapist.
- The FAMILY of the patient will have the opportunity to become a partner in effecting change. This can be done privately or in group sessions.
- The COMMUNITY AT LARGE will benefit as each person becomes able to produce positive reactions through the use of Self-hypnosis.
This program is designed as a Win/Win situation for all involved!
The Hypnotherapist must have knowledge and experience in hypnotic procedures which include: rapid hypnotic induction, Hypnoanesthesia, relaxation, visualization, guided imagery, the use of the imagination and the power of suggestion, (verbal and non-verbal).
- Education: Special training in hypnosis, relaxation techniques and guided imagery of at least 120 hours.
- Judgment and complexity: Procedures require a caring, thoughtful person of integrity and the ability to adapt techniques to the needs and character of the patient.
- Credential: Certification from one or more of the following organizations: International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association; National Guild of Hypnosis, International Hypnosis Training Consultants.
- Proficient in the use of Hypnosis, rapid hypnotic induction’s, relaxation, visualization and guided imagery techniques.
- Articulate in the use of positive suggestion.
- Responsibility for personal conduct and the ability to interact with all levels of the healthcare team for the welfare of the patient.
- Confidentiality concerning patient information is required in line with the physician’s referral.
- Must have a referral or consult with a patient’s physician or other healthcare staff person or request from the patient.
- Make sure referral or consult is recorded in the patient’s chart.
- Talk with the patient, explain the procedure, establish rapport, determine if the patient wants the procedure. (NOTE: If the patient refuses procedure, not it is the patient’s chart.)
- Solicit information from the patient that will be helpful in developing and using hypnosis, relaxation, visualization and/or guided imagery.
- Pain Clinic – Trigger Points, Spasm, Chronic Pain.
- Rehab – Phantom Limb Pain, Cardiac Rehab help in BP, Stress and Weight Control.
- Pediatrics – Magic Spot for injections.
- Emergency Room – facilitate calm and stress relief.
- ICU – facilitate reduction of time spent in ICU through mental programming, to encourage healing and keeping all of the vital signs stable.
- Oncology – Pain control, target cell stimulation, relaxation for sleep and well-being.
- OB – reduce pain and anxiety during labor and delivery.
- Sports Medicine – help enhance athletic ability, healing of injuries, etc.
- Cardiac Care – to reduce patient’s tension, anxiety and/or fear.
- To help reduce pain and discomfort, i.e. drawing of blood, respiratory therapy.
- To enhance healing.
- To prepare the patient for surgery by relieving anxiety and creating confidence.
- To help patient post-op by reduction of pain and by the proper suggestions to enhance healing.
- To reduce nausea and other side effects of chemotherapy.
- To reduce harmful effects of over-stress.
- To help the patient overcome unwanted habits: smoking, nail-biting, hair-pulling, etc..
- To use for weight loss.
- To overcome insomnia.
- To relieve dental anxiety.
- To program for a positive outcome of medical procedures.
- To help the patient improve memory, concentration and study habits.
- To increase self-confidence and self-image.
- To be used in adjunct with other medical procedures where indicated, i.e. physical therapy, surgery, MRI, respiratory therapy and more.
- To teach self-hypnosis to continue positive response to medical procedures.
Same as for Inpatient Care with the following exception:
- A physician’s referral or consultation is required for pain management and/or enhancement of healing.
- If a patient is going to a psychologist or psychiatrist so that they work together with the hypnotherapist for the benefit of the patient.
Charges for both inpatient and outpatient can be charged as “HYPNOTHERAPY” or “RELAXATION THERAPY” through the hospital system. Charges are by “unit” with a “unit” being thirty minutes unless otherwise designated. (At Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital in New Orleans, LA, inpatients are charged as part of the patient’s regular bill. Just as a physician can order speech therapy, occupational therapy or physical therapy, he/she can order hypnotherapy. Information supplied by Chaplain Paul G. Durbin, Ph.D., Director of Pastoral Care. The term used for billing is HYPNOTHERAPY at this hospital.)
Any and all of this information can be used or adapted to a specific healthcare facility. This is primarily written with the hypnotherapist as a paid employed on the staff of the hospital. If not on staff, but given hospital privileges, changes in “charges” may be adapted to reflect the agreement between the hospital and the individual hypnotherapist. Charges may go to the patient for a fee for service, from the hypnotherapist. The above depends on the arrangement made by the healthcare facility and the Hypnotherapist.
Jeff Martin CHT and Devan Martin CHT are uniquely qualified to help patients in need of their services under this program, offered both at the Lincoln and Omaha offices.