Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis in a therapeutic situation.
It is important to understand that hypnosis is not in and of itself therapeutic in nature. Although some may point out that the deeply relaxing nature of hypnosis can be very beneficial in reducing stress and a pleasant experience.
The simplest definition of hypnosis is that it is the introduction of an altered state of consciousness in someone, and that altered state is usually called an hypnotic trance.
Altered consciousness in what way? Hypnosis reduces the domination of our conscious (critical) mind, and allows us to open up to our wider sub-conscious awareness.
Why would we want to do this in a therapeutic context? Well, by bypassing the critical mind, it gives a therapist and client access to a wider range of change potentials.
There are a wide range of techniques which an hypno-therapist may use to facilitate positive change in a client’s life.
One of the most common, and obvious methods, is to use suggestion techniques to alter an unwanted behaviour pattern such as smoking.
These are invitations to change our perceptions and personal beliefs which often underpin our unwanted habits.
In more modern methods of hypnotherapy, hypnosis is combined with other life changing techniques such as Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
This has a two-fold benefit: Firstly it acknowledges that on its own hypnosis is not a cure-all for any symptoms that clients may have, and secondly, it gives clients access to a wider range of techniques which can assist them in achieving their goals.
This broader based approach also deepens a therapist’s knowledge base, so they can more easily recognise when a client’s presenting problem is relatively superficial and when they may have a more significant underlying issue or issues.
Hypnotherapy has been proven highly effective in helping people to stop smoking, lose weight, gain confidence, in stress reduction and in over coming irrational fears.
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