What is Hypnotherapy?


Hypnotherapy is the giving of therapeutic suggestions to a person while they are in the state of hypnosis. It is a clinical technique used to treat physical disease, physical or psychological issues through the use of hypnosis.

Hypnotherapy is more powerful than conventional medicine in this respect: modern medicine treats the symptom. Hypnotherapy addresses the cause, which eliminates the symptom.

The aim of hypnotherapy is to assist people in finding meaningful alternatives to their present unsatisfactory ways of thinking, feeling or behaving. It can be said that hypnotherapist induces a hypnotic state in a client to heal an illness, solve a problem or achieve a specific goal like losing weight or quit smoking.

Purposes for hypnotherapy can range. It could be used to achieve a specific goal or recall accurate information about a past experience. In many other scenarios it is treatment option that promote both body and mind wellness.

Clinical hypnotherapy is distinctive in that it addresses the client’s subconscious mind. In hypnosis this can be done more easily than in the state of normal awareness. The conscious mind is the reasoning mind and has a memory factor. This memory factor recalls the times we tried to stop certain behaviors and failed. Therefore suggestions given while not in the hypnotic state will be unsuccessful.

In order to affect change we need to get past this factor and the only time this is possible, is when you are in hypnosis. Suggestions that are given to you while in hypnosis bypass the conscious mind and go directly to the subconscious mind.

These positive suggestions form new programming of the subconscious, which in turn results in new behavior and it cannot be rejected by negative thoughts. Constructive, healing and beneficial suggestions can effectively counteract or eradicate damaging beliefs and behavior.

Hypnotherapy is of course also a two way process between the therapist and the client. A person cannot be forced to do anything against their will and what the therapist does is, by definition a therapeutic alternative treatment that can be applied to many psychological, emotional and physical disorders.

It can be used to relieve pain in surgery and dentistry, pain management and overcome addictions. Children can be helped with bedwetting and teenagers can conquer stammering or blushing. Phobias of all kinds can be treated successfully including panic attacks, stress related problems and insomnia.

A clinical hypnotherapist is a skilled and trained certified profession who helps clients use their own powerful mind to increase motivation or change behavior patterns.  Hypnosis is used as the primary tool and differs from other therapies by focusing on the role of subconscious behaviors and influences in the client’s life.

Many people assume that a hypnotherapist must be a psychologist or medical doctor. A hypnotherapist is however a profession in and of itself whose scope and preparation is quite different from these other professionals. Typically these medical professionals have undergone a two-day course on hypnotherapy. Professional Hypnotherapists have undergone at least 1 year’s training at a reputable institution, along with hundreds of hours of internship, and sessions with clients.

A clinical hypnotherapist uses a string of suggestions or statements on what you will now do, think and feel. These suggestions are called a therapy and can help you get rid of bad habits, develop new ones and achieve even higher goals. There are many overweight people, smokers and insomnia sufferers who can be helped by hypnotherapy. Sports performance, confidence and motivation are all the specialty of the hypnotherapist. See the Therapies page for areas that can be successfully treated by hypnotherapy.

Many therapies create a foundation for addressing other issues; for instance resolving a person’s sleep disorders can aid them in losing weight.

Hypnotherapy is a powerful method for conditioning the mind to change and bring about positive changes or improvement in some area or another. It can involve changing aspects of an individual’s personality, emotional reactions, motivation and confidence. One of the biggest benefits of hypnotherapy is the absence of side effects and long-term positive results.

Hypnotherapy is a powerful method for conditioning the mind to change.