What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a technique that uses the hypnotic state, which enables changes in perception and memory, a major increase in response to suggestion, and the potential for controlling
many physiologic functions that are usually
involuntary. 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 or ignored. In
this naturally occurring state and
with the help of a trained therapist, the person may focus his or her attention
on specific thoughts or tasks.
Who Performs Hypnotherapy ?
is performed by a licensed or certified health care professional who is specially trained in this technique. The decision whether or not to use hypnotherapy
in a clinical setting as a sole treatment or as an adjunct treatment in psychotherapy should
be made in consultation with a qualified professional
who is trained in the use and limitations of hypnotherapy.
How does Hypnotherapy work?
is usually considered an aid to psychotherapy, rather than a treatment in itself.
It helps with psychotherapy because
the hypnotic state allows a person to
explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories that may be hidden from the
conscious mind. Hypnotherapy also enables a person to perceive some things differently,
such as blocking an awareness of pain.
- Suggestion therapy — The hypnotic state makes a person better able to respond to suggestions. Hypnotherapy can help a person change certain behaviour , such as stopping smoking or nail-biting. It can also help change perceptions and sensations which can be particularly useful in treating pain.
- Analysis — This approach uses the relaxed state to find the root cause of a disorder or symptom, such as a traumatic past event that a person has hidden in his or her unconscious memory. Once the trauma is revealed, it can be addressed in psychotherapy