When we talk about the mind and how it can help us feel better, two words often come up: hypnosis and hypnotherapy. They might seem similar as they both involve altered states of consciousness and harness the power of the mind, but they have different meanings. Let’s explore what makes them unique so you can make sense of their benefits.
Hypnosis: Going into a Special State of Mind
Hypnosis is like when you’re focused on a book or a movie and lose track of time.That’s a form of light hypnosis, where your attention is directed toward a single focus, and your awareness of the external world diminishes.
It’s a state where you’re very focused and relaxed. Some people might think it’s mysterious, but it’s something we experience naturally.
When you’re in this state, the conscious mind takes a step back, allowing the subconscious mind to come to the forefront, and you’re more open to suggestions. It’s like your brain is listening more carefully. This can make you more open to suggestions and create an atmosphere for changes in perception or behaviour.
Hypnotherapy: The Healing Power of the Mind
Now, let’s shift our focus to Hypnotherapy—a purposeful and guided application of hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic technique that uses the hypnotic state to address various psychological and even physical issues. Unlike the common portrayal in media, Hypnotherapy is not about relinquishing control to a hypnotist. Instead, it’s a collaborative process between the client and the therapist.
Hypnotherapy is like using hypnosis in a specific way to help with problems. It’s when you work with a trained person to use the special state of hypnosis to feel better. They don’t control you – it’s a team effort. They guide you to use your mind to make positive changes.
Clinical Hypnotherapy is a specialised form of Hypnotherapy conducted by trained professionals, often with a medical or therapeutic background, ensuring a structured and evidence-based approach to address specific psychological and emotional issues.
In Clinical Hypnotherapy, you talk to the person first to explain what you want to work on. Then, in the sessions, they help you use hypnosis to make those changes. It’s a bit like having a coach for your mind. You’re part of the process – you make the decisions.
So in hypnotherapy, a trained professional guides you into a deeper hypnotic state and then uses carefully constructed, individually tailor-made suggestions to facilitate positive changes.
These suggestions target specific goals, such as breaking habits, managing pain, reducing anxiety, improving sleep, or enhancing confidence. The power lies within your subconscious mind, where changes can be made to old patterns and then new patterns of thinking and behaviour can be established with the guidance of the therapist.
How Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Work Together
While hypnotherapy is a structured approach that involves hypnosis, the distinction lies in the intent and application. Hypnosis is like a door that opens up your mind. Hypnotherapy is walking through that door to fix something specific. They’re like friends – one helps the other.
Hypnotherapy sessions begin with an initial consultation, during which the therapist gains insights into your goals and concerns. The subsequent sessions are tailored to your unique needs, utilising hypnosis to access your subconscious mind and work toward positive change. It’s a dynamic process where you actively participate in your healing journey. It’s a journey where you start to believe in yourself, your inner strengths and the process of positive change.
Busting Myths about hypnosis and Setting Realistic Expectations
It’s crucial to dispel common misconceptions associated with both hypnosis and hypnotherapy. One myth is that under hypnosis, you can be made to do anything against your will. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Hypnotherapy doesn’t compromise your moral compass or values. Instead, it aligns with your intrinsic motivations and desires and helps you to achieve them.
And hypnotherapy isn’t like magic. It’s not a quick fix. It’s a way to work on things step by step. You need to be ready to try and patient to see results.
Likewise, hypnotherapy is not a quick fix – it creates long term changes. It’s a way to work on things step by step and it’s a collaborative effort that requires your commitment and participation.
While some individuals experience immediate results, others might require multiple sessions to achieve their desired outcomes. Patience, open-mindedness, and trust in the process are key.
Choosing What’s Right for You
There are various types of psychotherapy available for you to consider. Clinical Hypnotherapy stands out as a method that taps into your subconscious mind to bring about profound and lasting changes. This occurs while you’re in a state of deep relaxation and focused attention.
To assist you in making an informed choice that suits your needs, Gabrielle provides a completely free online consultation. During this session, you’ll have the opportunity to talk about your aspirations and how hypnotherapy can support you in reaching your goals. Click here to arrange your complimentary consultation now.