What is hypnosis and hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is a state that allows a person to suspend the logical conscious thinking and access their subconscious mind. Why would anyone want that? A lot of behaviours are automatic, and driven by our inner processes. Some may say these ways of operate are innate, or part of one’s makeup, but in reality they represent a secondary way of thinking that’s hidden under the surface.
Accessing this ‘other’ brain is a good way to understand why we do what we do, our belief system, but most importantly how to influence it. Humans are in control of their own minds, and hypnosis gives anyone the opportunity to dig deeper. Even our logic is dictated by our beliefs, so the power to change how you feel, and what you do is at your reach!
A form of speaking therapy, it induces hypnosis to reaching those states where intervention is possible. It is a guided approach, meaning that it is based on suggestions given by the therapist, with the patient in complete control of what is happening, even if they don’t remember afterwards.
There is evidence that pain is diminished, habits are stopped, and symptoms of emotional disorders are eased with the use of hypnotherapy. It is an effective method of modifying behaviour, and can be used in support to psychotherapy. Some conditions are even treatable in alert mode, without the need to enter a trance state.
Hypnotherapy has recently been included in the UK’s National Health Service as a form of therapy doctors can prescribe, in recognition of hypnotherapy’s effectiveness.
“Studies show that hypnosis can treat everything from chronic pain to poor study habits. Chances are, it can work for you.” Deirdre Barrett in Psychology Today
Did you know that actress Reese Witherspoon used hypnosis to overcome her insecurities?