What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is an approach which utilizes the use of hypnosis in a therapeutic setting. Hypnosis has been used for different purposes in history (e.g., stage shows, anesthesia, coaching), thus leading to a mixed feeling in most people when they first hear about hypnosis and hypnotherapy. However, it is important to note that in hypnotherapy, the main goal is to use this modality, as safely and ethically as possible, to help the person treat something which has become a significant problem in their lives.
The main basis of hypnotherapy is to intervene on a subconscious level rather than a conscious level. Usually, it is generally agreed that most “talk-therapies” would intervene on the conscious level and sometimes this in itself may not result in sustainable long-term change. However, when working with the subconscious (think of it as your mind’s storage or attic which stores all your beliefs, fears, and thoughts about yourself and others), hypnotherapists are generally successful in facilitating change “from the roots” and thus more stable change is often seen.
Who is it for?
It is quite common to hear hypnotherapists say that most of their clients come to them after they have tried pretty much everything to treat a particular problem and none of the previous attempts worked. However, this should not be the case as this approach generally helps everyday people work through their everyday problems.
It is also important to note that hypnotherapy is effective when a few criteria are met:
- The person believes that hypnosis and hypnotherapy can help them. This is because it is generally considered that our beliefs are strongly related to our subconscious. If the subconscious believes something, it is easier for us to direct our subsequent behaviors.
- The person has an ability to imagine or use their imagination. The whole basis of hypnotherapy is to help the person imagine (under hypnosis) a different alternative and lifestyle and thus the more imaginative and receptive a person is, the better the results.
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