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