What is Hypnotherapy?

Does It Really Work?

APRIL, 2019


Research suggests that hypnosis may provide a wide range of benefits for a multitude of psychological, physical, and behavioral issues and conditions.

Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy used to create change in a patient while in a state of sleep, or unconsciousness, known as hypnosis. The therapy itself uses guided relaxation techniques from a trained hypnotist that invoke feelings of intense relaxation, concentration, and/or focus to achieve a heightened state of awareness or trance-like state.

The therapy is commonly used as an aid to psychotherapy due to the relaxed nature brought on by the hypnotic state that allows people to explore painful and suppressed feelings and emotions or memories that are often hidden from their conscious minds.

Hypnotherapy has been used to treat a wide range of conditions or unwanted behavior, such as:

  • Phobias
  • Sleep disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

  • Smoking cessation
  • Weight loss
  • Grief and loss of loved ones
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Hypnotherapy is commonly used in one of two ways: suggestion therapy and analysis. 

Suggestion therapy relies on the patient’s ability to respond to suggestions from the hypnotherapist while in this trance-like state. This method is commonly used to control or stop unwanted behaviors such as smoking, gambling, nail biting, or over-eating.

The analysis method of hypnotherapy, sometimes referred to as regression therapy, is more exploratory and related to uncovering the root of an issue, disorder or symptom. A hypnotherapist will hypnotize a patient by putting them into a relaxed state and exploring a past event in their life in order to explore the person’s subconscious and unconscious memory.

It is important to interview several hypnotherapists and psychologists to see which one matches your temperament and personality. Then, go with your gut. If your intuition says it’s a good fit – give it a chance. If not – keep searching.

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