Today I ran across an interesting article entitled: “Home-Based Hypnotherapy Helps Kids. with IBS.” The subtitle reads: “Non-inferior to individualized hypnotherapy with a therapist.”
The gist of the piece is that a study was done in which kids treated via hypnosis for IBS and related problems using a CD at home were reported to do “as well” as those who actually visited the office of a hypnotherapist for their sessions. While that may seem like hopeful news for those who would rather do their hypnosis at home, it begs a number of questions and omits a number of details.
First and foremost, what was on those CDs? A reading of the fuller journal article tells us that kids used the CD to do “exercises” and that they did so five times per week for three months, but gives no clue as to the content of the CDs or what was involved in the exercises. One would hope that the CDs were prepared by competent and certified hypnotherapists, but this is not stated.
Another issue is that the kids who got live hypnotherapy only received 6 sessions over the three months (versus the estimated 60 or more sessions on CD for the other group over the same period of time). Thus, the CD treatment modality involved significantly more exposure to the presumably positive hypnosis suggestions that led to some success.
And success is yet another key factor here. According to the study, “After 1-year follow-up, the 62.1% treatment success in the CD group was non-inferior to the 71.0% in the iHT group.” Obviously 62 percent success IS inferior to the 71 percent success rate of the live hypnotherapy group, but statistically, it was judged to be “non-inferior.” When we consider, however, that the CD group had many more exposures to what was ostensibly the same material, the CD success rate should, in fact, have been much higher than that of the live group.
If anything, this study demonstrates the far greater effectiveness of the live model.
This is not to say, however, that listening to CDs at home is not helpful. In fact, when we at 10:10 Hypnotherapy and Counseling do a hypnosis session, it is usually recorded and sent home with the patient on CD to allow listening in between sessions. This amplifies the positive messages of the session and increases the chances of success.
The bottom line is that the best chance of success in your hypnotherapy is achieved when you are in session with a qualified professional who may or may not send home a CD with you in order to strengthen the already powerful positive suggestions in your live sessions.
Do you have an opinion on this topic? If so, let us know!