Question by Kitkat: Does anyone know of a place that will do hypnotherapy for someone with schizophrenia?
I have schizophrenia and a severe spider phobia. I take (amongst other things) Sertraline which helps tremendously but lately I’ve found that my spider phobia is starting to get worse. I’ve had two rounds of CBT which didn’t help and I really want hypnotherapy. But every place I’ve gone to as soon as they hear the word schizophrenia they back away and refuse to treat me. Does anyone know of a place where I can get hypnotherapy with schizophrenia? Thanks in advance!
Answer by TobyF
Most hypnotherapists are not medically qualified, and schizophrenia requires special care with hypnotherapy. Usually only psychiatrists (who are doctors who have studied psychology) would hypnotize someone with schizophrenia. So you need to find a psychiatrist is is also trained in hypnotherapy. If you have a regular psychiatrist then he / she may be able to refer you to someone suitable. If you have difficulty you could contact a large hypnotherapy organization and ask for someone suitable.
In the US The International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association and The National Guild of of Hypnotists are two possibilities. (links below)
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