Hypnotherapy uses guided relaxation with a trained therapist to achieve a heightened level of focus and concentration to address specific issues or habits. Hypnosis is often considered an aid to counseling or therapy because the hypnotic state allows people to explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories they might have hidden from their conscious minds. In addition, hypnosis enables people to perceive some things differently, enabling patients to overcome addictions or self-destructive behaviors. Hypnotherapy is generally used for either suggestion therapy or analysis.
Suggestion therapy relies on the hypnotic state to improve the patient’s ability to respond to suggestions. This is generally utilized when the patient wishes to change problematic behaviors such as smoking or drug use, or even as a method for coping with chronic pain.
Analysis hypnotherapy utilizes the relaxed state to explore the underlying cause of a disorder or symptom, such as a traumatic event that a patient has blocked from their conscious mind. Clinical or medical hypnosis is used by professionals trained in medicine, psychology, social work, counseling, nursing, and dentistry. The hypnotic state allows a person to be more open to discussion and suggestion. It can improve the success of other treatments for many conditions, including phobias, fears, anxiety, sleep disorders, depression, stress, smoking cessation, overeating, pain management, skin conditions digestive disorders and so on. Hypnotherapy can also be used to ease the side effects of treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.
For more information visit the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis at http://www.asch.net/