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What Is Hypnotherapy? A Comprehensive Beginners Guide

What Is Hypnotherapy And How Does It Work?


Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy, in which a patient is guided into a deep trance-like state of relaxation. This allows the patient to visualize the change they want in their life. Hypnotherapy can work through visualizations, giving a heightened awareness of the patient’s own mental and physical state


The words hypnosis or hypnotherapy can be used interchangeably, and refer to a patient being guided into an intense state of focus and concentration, allowing them to communicate directly with the subconscious mind. The internal focus is so intense that the patient becomes unaware of outside distractions.  


This video by Calmer You, outlines further what exactly hypnotherapy is, and what it can do for you:



The subconscious mind is responsible for controlling our emotional responses. Wanting sweet or fatty foods is an emotional response. Feeling compelled to drink is an emotional response. Hypnotherapy opens up a connection to the subconscious mind, and allows us to reprogram harmful emotional responses


Is Hypnotherapy Rubbish?


There’s a lot of hype around hypnotherapy, some people swear by it as a life-changing force, and others are quick to call it quackery, rubbish or BS. Is hypnotherapy rubbish? There is evidence to suggest when people are drowsy, they can become highly suggestible, indicating it can be effective.   


This short video by family therapist Kati Morton explores what hypnotherapy is, and whether it works or if it’s a fake therapy:



Kati points out that hypnotherapy is often done in conjunction with other forms of therapy, such as talk therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), or dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT). 


By putting the mind in a highly-suggestible state, the hypnotherapist can speak directly to the subconscious mind, and help the patient to either unlock past repressed memories, or to remove their desire to consume excessive amounts of alcohol, quit smoking, or even remove chronic pain.  


Many critics put down hypnotherapy as a form of brainwashing or mind control – and while those are appealing science fiction images, they could not be further from the truth. Hypnotherapy is simply a way of relaxing and speaking to the mind, but the patient must consent to all images being experienced. 


What Can Hypnotherapy Be Used For?


Hypnotherapy is often used for a wide array of conditions, including losing weight, fears, anxieties, phobias, depression, sleep disorders, nail biting, mood disorders, fear of flying, shy bladder, PTSD, grief or loss, or improving public speaking confidence


Hypnotherapy can also be used as an effective treatment for stress, as the process specifically involves relaxing the conscious mind. By entering a deep state of relaxation, the parasympathetic nervous system is able to engage, allowing the body to rest and relax.


By contrast, hypnotherapy should not be used by patients experiencing psychosis, including delusions or hallucinations, as it can exacerbate these conditions.  


This video by Marissa Peer explores whether or not hypnotherapy is dangerous for patients:



What Type Of Therapy Is Hypnotherapy?


Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that induces a state of hypnosis in the patient to resolve issues directly related to the subconscious mind. This can involve better emotional control, improved eating habits, self-control as well as relieving anxiety and depression


Hypnotherapy is a complementary type of therapy, meaning that it is generally used in conjunction with other forms of therapy, including psychological therapy or other medical interventions. Hypnotherapy has a wide range of use, including sexual dysfunction, bad habits, mood disorders and addictions.


It’s important to remember that the patient remains in complete control through the session, and does not have to accept the therapist’s suggestions if they don’t want to. In fact, hypnosis does not work if you do not willingly want to be hypnotized


What Is The Difference Between Hypnosis And Hypnotherapy?


The words hypnosis and hypnotherapy are used interchangeably, however hypnosis refers to the trance-like state of mind the patient experiences, while hypnotherapy refers to the therapeutic healing practice that uses hypnosis. In order to practice hypnotherapy, the therapist must be a certified professional as dictated by local laws. 


The trouble arises as many people associate ‘hypnosis’ with stage hypnotism, which is generally done for entertainment purposes and has no medical basis. By contrast, hypnotherapy is done in the context of a professional therapists office, with the purpose of relieving medical symptoms


Stage hypnotists have unfortunately given the industry a bit of a bad name, as people associate hypnosis with doing tricks on stage, and pretending to be barn animals. This can make it hard to take the practice of hypnotherapy seriously. However in reality there is virtually nothing in common between stage hypnosis and a hypnotherapy session. 


This video by MedCircle explores the differences between traditional therapy with Dr. Ramani, and hypnotherapy with Grace Smith, and how each can be used to treat patients: 



What Is The Success Rate Of Hypnotherapy?


In a report by Forbes, they found that hypnosis had had a 93% success rate, and required fewer sessions than either behavioural or psychotherapy. The findings suggested that hypnotherapy could not only be more effective at changing habits, beliefs or moods, but also work faster, requiring fewer sessions. 


Hypnotherapy has further been found to be successful with entrepreneurs and high achieving individuals, by helping them to better visualize their goals, inspire motivation, and overcome fears of missing targets (FOMT). This helps professionals to be more optimized in their line of work. 


There are a wide range of professional situations that hypnotherapy can help with to improve performance, including networking, public speaking, presentations, salary negotiations, improving motivation, giving clarity on goals, and developing an assertive personality


This video by Marissa Peer guides you through how to remove success blocks from your subconscious mind, to help manifest abundance in your life:



Is Hypnosis Worth The Hype?


Depends on your point of view and your personality. Hypnosis works better on participants that are highly-suggestible, and are open to examining their minds. For them hypnosis can be quite effective at relieving stress, anxiety or overcoming addictions. For less suggestible people, hypnosis may be less effective. 


In order for hypnosis to be effective, it requires the complete consent and cooperation of the participant. Hypnosis cannot be done on someone who is unwilling. Therefore the participant must mentally agree to undergo hypnosis, as well as be highly excited by the outcomes


Hypnosis works on a similar basis of the Law of Attraction – that what you think about, becomes your reality. The more intensely that a participant wants the end result of the hypnotherapy session, the more invested they will be in making it happen. 


For those that are curious, here is The Secret (full movie) on YouTube:



Hypnosis And Theta Brainwaves


The mechanics behind hypnosis is accessing the Theta brainwaves. These are the brainwaves that occur during REM sleep as well as meditation. It is Theta brainwaves where communication directly to the subconscious mind can start to occur. 


The purpose of hypnosis is to relax the subconscious mind into that dream-like state, to enhance Theta brainwave activity. By inducing this state, the hypnotist is then able to communicate directly with the thoughts and memories of the subconscious, unlocking deeper levels of healing


What Are Theta Brainwaves?


Theta brainwaves occur during light sleep such as during REM cycles, as well as right as you’re just drifting asleep. They can also be induced during meditation or hypnosis. Think of Theta brainwaves as occurring when you’re in a dream-like state. 


Research has found that Theta brainwaves are an essential part of processing memories or learning new information. They are essentially a mechanism for storing new knowledge within the brain. Strong long-term memory is linked to Theta brainwave activity. 


Be aware that stress, lack of good sleep, certain medications, or dramatic changes in environment, can throw out of whack proper brainwave functioning. This can have negative impacts on short-term memory and cognitive function


How To Access Theta Brainwaves?


The following are some simple exercises to prepare your mind for producing Theta brainwaves:


  1. Sit in a comfortable position, feet flat on the floor, back straight
  2. Take 3 deep, slow, breaths
  3. Close your eyes, feel your body getting heavy, and allow yourself to relax
  4. Listen to some low-end, Theta producing calm music
  5. Continue to breathe deeply, and slowly
  6. Meditate, allow your mind to go quiet and blank. If a thought enters your mind, that’s okay, let it be and let it pass. 
  7. Undergo hypnosis. A trained hypnotist will be able to get you in a calm and relaxed state, inducing Theta brainwave production. 


Example of low-end, Theta brainwave music to get calm and relaxed:

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