Hypnosis is a treatment intervention that involves inducing a client into a relaxed, suggestible state and then offers post-hypnotic suggestions for relief of symptoms, mental and physical. It uses the simple shifting back and forth between the conscious and subconscious mind. A hypnotic trance state creates a deep sense of relaxation and allows a client to let go. During this process, the Hypnotherapist is able to uncover subconscious motivations, access to repressed memories, perform regression (in age) therapy, and/or use the power of suggestion to re-map the mind’s response(s) to stimuli.
Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis are in the same “family”, but they differ from one another. The core difference is that hypnotherapy is recognized as a therapeutic technique for treating mental and psychosomatic issues by a licensed/certified and trained mental health professional. Hypnotherapy is consensual, trauma-informed evidenced based best practice and provides a comfortable and informative space for a client to further access their wellness and understanding of self.
Hypnotherapy has consistently assisted clients with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, dissociative disorders, obesity, addiction, sleep disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, childbirth/womb trauma, physical and/or somatic issues. The key difference that Hypnotherapy offers is depth and speed. Using Hypnotherapy techniques like relaxation, guided imagery, and trance state, a therapist can access the subconscious more quickly than traditional methods such as talk therapy. Traditional methods of therapy may take weeks to years whereas Hypnotherapy’s access to the subconscious uncovers issues manifesting within clients in as little as one full session.
Hypnotherapy is simply a state of relaxed deep focus. A hypnotized person always has control and can hear and speak to what is happening with and around them. It is a natural state humans find themselves in such as when they wake up and go to sleep. While undergoing Hypnotherapy, during the entire process, clients are empowered with the ability to communicate with their therapist and express any requests and concerns they may have. Your consent, confidentiality, and comfort are consistently assessed and verified for the utmost benefit from your therapeutic process.
The Wellness Institute. Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis: Frequently Asked Questions. By Kasey O’Neal, MSW, LSW, CHt www.Wellness-Institute.org