Hypnosis, or hypnotherapy, uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance.
The person’s attention is so focused while in this state that anything going on around the person is temporarily blocked out or ignored. In this naturally occurring state, a person may focus his or her attention, with the help of a trained therapist, on specific thoughts or tasks.
What are the benefits Hypnotherapy?
The hypnotic state allows a person to be more open to discussion and suggestion. It can improve the success of other treatments for many conditions, such as phobias, fears, and anxiety, sleep disorders and depression. Hypnotherapists can also work with stress, post-trauma anxiety and grief and loss.
Hypnosis may be used to help with pain control and to overcome habits, such as smoking or overeating. It can be helpful for people whose symptoms are severe or who need crisis management.
What does a typical Hypnotherapy session look like?
A hypnotherapy session with a ‘guide’ or hypnotherapist is usually carried out in a calm, relaxing, safe environment free from interruptions.
The preliminary ‘talk’ between the person to be hypnotised and the ‘guide’ normally highlights expectations and past experiences of hypnosis (if any). Furthermore, there is a discussion of the specific problem to be worked on.
Oftentimes, these problem areas include behaviour or thoughts that need to be re-balanced; or changed completely. For example, help with stopping smoking or losing weight.
During this preliminary talk, a skilled hypnotherapist gains a lot of information. Thus, the initial talk will help the hypnotherapist to work out the best induction technique for a particular individual.
How do I find a hypnotherapist that suits me?
A hypnotherapist should hold some type of certification in the field of hypnosis. There are many different organisations that certify however, there are only a few who have strict training and education requirements.
You may also want to look for are license professional, such as licensed psychologist or licensed mental health counsellor.
It is important that the hypnotherapist you choose to have experience relevant to your particular problem. If you have a deep-seated fear of water or spiders, you will probably have better success using a hypnotist who specialises in treating phobias. If you want to stop smoking and get rid of your cravings, a hypnotherapist who has helped hundreds of others kick the habit can improve your odds of success.