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Hypnotherapy is a technique that uses the hypnotic state to effect changes in perception and memory and increase response to suggestion.

Hypnotherapy uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance. An individual’s attention is so focused while in this state that anything going on is temporarily blocked out or ignored. In this naturally occurring state, a hypnotee may focus his or her attention on specific thoughts or tasks.

How does Hypnotherapy work? Hypnotherapy helps because the hypnotic state allows individuals to explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories they might have hidden from their conscious minds. Further, hypnosis enables you to perceive some things differently, such as blocking an awareness of pain.

Hypnotherapy can be used in two ways:
Suggestion therapy
— In the hypnotic state you are better able to respond to suggestions. Hypnotherapy can help some people change certain behaviors, such as to stop smoking or stop nail-biting. It can be particularly useful in relieving pain.

Analysis — This approach uses the relaxed state to find the root cause of a disorder or symptom like a traumatic past event that is hidden in the unconscious memory. Once the trauma is revealed, it can be re-framed and resolved.

What are the benefits of Hypnotherapy? The hypnotic state allows you to be more open to discussion and suggestion. It can improve many conditions, including:
Phobias, fears, and anxiety
Sleep disorders
Depression
Stress
Post-trauma anxiety
Grief and loss
Pain control
Weight control
Smoking cessation


What are the drawbacks of Hypnotherapy? Hypnotherapy is not appropriate for a person who has psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations and delusions, or for someone who is using drugs or alcohol. It should be used for pain control only after a doctor has evaluated the person for any physical disorder that might require medical or surgical treatment. Some therapists use hypnotherapy to recover repressed memories they believe are linked to the person’s mental disorder. However, hypnosis also poses a risk of creating false memories. For this reason, information and memories gained during hypnosis would not qualify as evidence in the legal sense and should only be used for purposes of healing.

Is Hypnotherapy dangerous? Hypnotherapy is not a dangerous procedure. It is not mind control or brainwashing. A therapist cannot make a person do something embarrassing or anything the person doesn’t want to do. 

Hypnotherapy as well as EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is safe for everyone, including children.