While hypnotherapy used to be viewed as an alternative therapy, in recent years, the practice has gone more mainstream. Practitioners use hypnotherapy to treat conditions like anxiety disorders, drug and alcohol addiction and chronic pain as well as to help people overcome limiting self beliefs and to let go of compulsive behaviors like smoking and overeating.
But what, exactly, is hypnotherapy? How does it work? And is it really effective?
What Is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic practice that utilizes hypnosis to get to the root cause of people’s addictions and compulsive behaviors. By hypnotizing their clients and getting them into a fully relaxed state, hypnotherapists are able to bypass the conscious mind and access the subconscious mind. Through working with the subconscious mind, hypnotherapists are able to help clients reprogram their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and inspire lasting change.
During a hypnotherapy session, the hypnotherapist will first discuss with the client the thoughts, feelings, or behaviors they wish to let go of during their session. Then, the practitioner will use hypnosis to get the client into a fully relaxed state. Once the client is relaxed, the hypnotherapist can access the subconscious mind and help the client to find the root cause of their problematic thought, feeling, or behavior, address it, and suggest new, healthier alternatives.
How Does Hypnotherapy Work?
Often, problematic thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are a result of painful memories, trauma, or deeply held beliefs that a person has blocked from their mind. Even though they’re not conscious of it, these thoughts have a powerful influence over their behavior.
Hypnotherapy allows the client to relax their conscious mind and access their subconscious, where these memories, trauma, and beliefs are stored. While in a hypnotized state, clients are much more open to suggestion. So by addressing these painful experiences and thoughts while the client is hypnotized, the hypnotherapist is able to replace them with more healthy and appropriate alternatives; once processed, these painful thoughts, memories, and experiences no longer hold power over the client’s behaviors.
So, for example, let’s say a hypnotherapist was trying to help a client quit smoking. The hypnotherapist might suggest to the client “You hate smoking. It makes you feel sick to your stomach.” When this suggestion is offered during hypnosis, while the client is more receptive to suggestion, they replace their old thoughts (I love smoking, I need a cigarette) with the new, healthier one, enabling them to kick the problematic behavior.
Is Hypnotherapy An Effective Treatment?
The biggest question most people have when it comes to hypnotherapy is “does it work?”
And the answer is yes.
Most people respond extremely well to hypnotherapy, with many needing only a few (or even one) session to successfully reprogram their behaviors. Because hypnotherapy is so successful in treating a wide variety of conditions, doctors are eager to learn more about exactly how hypnosis treats pain, addiction, disease, and other issues and have started conducting more research into the practice.
If you’re struggling with addiction, pain, health issues, or just want to change limiting thoughts and behaviors, hypnotherapy could be the key to changing your life. And I’m here to help. Get in touch today for a free consultation to discuss whether hypnotherapy is right for you.