What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the art and science of inducing the hypnotic state for a therapeutic purpose – as in stopping a smoking habit or removing an irrational fear. Hypnotherapy is an eclectic field that includes and complements a wide variety of disciplines. Each practitioner offers therapeutic options according to his/her training.

Is Hypnotherapy safe?

According to NHSUK, “You shouldn’t use hypnotherapy if you suffer from psychosis or certain types of personality disorder, as it could make these conditions worse. If you have any type of mental health problem or serious illness, such as cancer, make sure the hypnotherapist is trained in working with your particular condition. Similarly, children should not be hypnotized by anyone who isn’t trained to work with this age group.”

What can I use hypnotherapy for?

Hypnotherapy has been used successfully for the following purposes and more:

Stop Smoking
Personal Organization
Interpersonal Skills
Become Persuasive
Stress / Anxiety
Facilitate Wellness
Sleep Improvement
Medical Issues
Occupational Issues
Academic Performance
Job Satisfaction
Weight Management
Sports Performance

What is the hypnotic state?

Hypnosis is a treatment intervention that involves inducing the client into a relaxed, suggestible state and then offering post-hypnotic suggestions for relief of symptoms. It uses the hypnotic state—the simple shifting back and forth between the conscious and subconscious mind, a natural process that occurs every day—in order to create this relaxed, suggestible state.

Hypnosis (and hypnotherapy) induce the “hypnotic state.” It is actually a natural state of mind that many of us encounter in everyday life on a regular basis. If you’ve ever been engrossed in a book, movie, or performance, then you have likely experienced the trance state.

The only thing that distinguishes a naturally occurring hypnotic state from the induced hypnotic state is that hypnotherapists induce the latter and are able to control the state to create understanding and healing.

How is the hypnotic state used in hypnotherapy?

The hypnotic state creates a deep sense of relaxation and allows the client to let go. During this process, the hypnotherapist is able to uncover subconscious motivations, access repressed memories, perform regression therapy, and/or use the power of suggestion to “re-map” the mind’s responses to stimuli.

For more information on the hypnotic state and how it is used in hypnotherapy, read 10 Specific Therapeutic Advantages of the Hypnotic Trance State [Jung].

How long has hypnosis been practiced?

Hypnosis is one of the world’s oldest sciences. Amazingly, ancient hieroglyphics show that the Egyptians were using hypnosis as early as 3,000 B.C. There is evidence the Greeks and the Mayans understood it and used it as well. Like other sciences, hypnotism has had its experimenters, its pioneers, its lucky guessers, and its experts.

While hypnosis has had a place in society for thousands of years, it has also carved out a place as a legitimate modern medical practice, where it is called hypnotherapy. As early as 1892, the British Medical Association verified the efficacy of hypnotherapy.