What is Hypnotherapy?

The word hypnotherapy is a combination of two words; hypnosis and therapy. So, it is a double combination that works in harmony to provide the best of both worlds. Hypnosis is a state of focused concentration and relaxation in which you are either fully awake or fully asleep. Your mind becomes open and receptive to new ideas, suggestions, thinking and behavioral pattern.

There are two dimensions of a human mind: the conscious mind and the unconscious mind. Our unconscious mind contains everything from the day we were born.

This includes our:

  • Upbringing
  • Education
  • Belief System
  • Values
  • Experiences

All of this works together very quickly to make up our decision making process.

Our conscious mind is similar an iceberg which floats above the sea level. On the other hand, the vast continuation of the same iceberg, below the surface seems insignificant. Similarly, the unconscious mind is analogous to that part of the iceberg which resides beneath the water level.


How does hypnotherapy work?

This process focuses on the subconscious mind and hence primary methods of relaxation are used to achieve this state. Any hypnotherapy session would typically contain the following steps.


  • The hypnotherapists asks you to be comfortable and sit on a chair.
  • The therapist starts talking to you to get you in your comfort zone.
  • Later he/she starts feeding your mind with positive suggestions to relax you.
  • This relaxed state of mind is similar to the moment where you are just about to fall asleep. This is also the theta state of neural oscillations (see: theta healing). Here, the hypnotherapist continues feeding your mind with more and more positive suggestions.
  • These suggestions will bring about a change in the clarity of your thinking. Moreover, the mind will be more receptive to positivity as hypnotherapy doesn't involve questioning the client.
  • After an hypnotherapy, the clients will effortlessly glide through thoughts and emotions that were a burden to them in the past.


Before and after the session, the hypnotherapist discusses various strategies to combat the client's underlying issues. So, the person going through hypnotherapy is completely aware about the changes that takes place within himself.

Our subconscious controls a lot of things automatically, for example, if there's something that frightens you, your heart starts beating faster. This is because, your subconscious mind has now become aware of the danger and is preparing your body to enter fight-or-flight mode. Therefore, hypnotherapy works at the subconscious level rather than addressing the issue forefront.


Types of hypnotherapy

There are different types of hypnotherapy that address specific purposes

  • Traditional
  • Ericksonian
  • Solution Focused
  • Curative
  • Cognitive/Behavioral


What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness. Interestingly, we all experience hypnosis every single day. For example, daydreaming, losing yourself in a good book, etc are all part of self hypnosis. Our subconscious mind uses this trance state as a stress reliever. Since this is a self induced hypnosis, you have total control over it.

Whereas, hypnotherapy is a use of hypnosis as a therapy to offer a person suggestions on a subconscious level to enable them to fulfill their goals and aspirations. Since a hypnotherapist performs this therapy, clients only have a partial control over it. However, because hypnotherapy clears out the blockages in the mind, it is considered better as compared to hypnosis alone. In this therapy, you can't be made to do things against your will.


How can Hypnotherapy help you?

There are several benefits of this therapy.

  • It is faster than Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Hypnotherapy sessions can guarantee the same results in fewer sessions as compared to CBT.

  • Very high success rate

Since hypnotherapy focuses on the unconscious mind, which is a direct repository of our personality, its success rate is very high.

  • Tackle fears, phobias, and bad habits

It resolves issues such as; anxiety, panic attacks, confidence, phobias, weight loss and fears effectively

There are over half a million hypnotherapists all over the world. They work to bring a change into people's lives by incorporating the healing dimension of hypnotherapy.


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