What is Hypnotherapy? As a therapeutic technique, clinical hypnosis is highly versatile and powerful. We have many resources within our own mind that hypnosis allows us to utilize when addressing problems in our lives. For this reason, I often use hypnosis in my work with psychotherapy clients.
Hypnotherapists can help facilitate the desired changes and support the achievement of therapy goals related to most clinical situations, symptoms, and disorders. When there is interest, I also encourage clients to learn self-hypnosis as an additional treatment tool.
Practitioners use clinical hypnosis in three common applications to support desired changes and goals:
- Encourages the use of imagination. Mental imagery is very powerful and different from simple visualization.
- Ideas are presented while in a state of hypnotic trance that are compatible with the clients’ goals. These hypnotic suggestions seem to have a more powerful impact on the mind.
- Hypnosis may be used for unconscious exploration, to better understand underlying motivations, or identify whether past events or experiences could be the cause of a problem.
When the decision is made to incorporate hypnosis into our work together, we will identify the goal of the hypnotic session prior to inducing a trance state (or state of concentrated attention). Then, while in trance, ideas and suggestions that are compatible with the identified goal are presented.
After the planned intervention is completed, the trance state is ended with a re-alerting process, and we discuss the experience. Many clients notice some level of desired change immediately, while others notice change over time and with additional sessions. It generally depends on the nature and complexity of the identified goal and the type of hypnotic application used.
It is important to keep in mind that hypnosis is like any other therapeutic technique. Depending on the clients’ needs and preferences, hypnosis may be an effective treatment in combination with other therapeutic techniques.
Some people are unsure if hypnosis is right for them. We can assess your level of comfort through discussion or experiencing a simple hypnotic relaxation exercise.