What is Hypnotherapy?

What is hypnotherapy? In simplest terms, it is a form of hypnosis but not in the traditional sense. There won’t be someone sitting opposite you asking you to bark like a dog. Instead, it is used to induce a trance-like state to heighten your suggestibility.

Anyone who has had stressors in their lives (just about everyone breathing) knows how hard it is to simply relax. When we get anxious we overeat. That is also the time when we say that we need those habits we are trying to get rid of in order to help us calm down.

Hypnotherapy is a safe way to do that without resorting to old measures. You are in a relaxed state that allows you to focus on the reason you are in the session. The hypnotherapist will then guide you through your treatment.

This is an alternative therapy. Depending on the prescribed course of treatment, this can be a companion therapy to other forms of counseling like psychotherapy or behavior modification.

There are two ways to conduct a hypnotherapy session: for suggestions, or to achieve a recollection of some past event. The suggestion form of hypnosis has proven effective for weight loss, cessation of smoking, nail biting, phobias and anxiety disorders. When it comes to recovering old memories, the therapy allows you to talk about them without the feelings that blocked the incident in the first place getting in the way.

This is how hypnotherapy works. With the aid of techniques used by the therapist, you are guided through to a relaxed but conscious state. It is believed that although the conscious and unconscious minds are connected, that connection can be suspended. It is in this state that positive reinforcement can be given to help with those habits and conditions that are ruling our lives.

For people trying to recover painful memories, hypnotherapy allows the therapist to find the information in your mind and then deal with it openly in another session.

An advantage of this type of treatment is that there are no side effects. It can be used in conjunction with more traditional treatments to heal the mind and the body. People with severe mental instability and psychoses are not advised to participate in hypnotherapy, however. People who suffer from delusions may perceive one of their hallucinations as a recalled memory which can be dangerous in their condition.

Before participating in any treatment for any condition, consult your doctor. They can advise you on alternative forms of treatment that won’t interfere in what they are doing and also will be beneficial for you.