What Hypnosis is really like

A therapist may suggest hypnosis as a way to relax a patient during a therapy session. This technique allows the patient to narrow their thoughts, focusing on specific suggestions made by a therapist. These suggestions are meant to encourage positive changes in the patient. Hypnosis is commonly misunderstood. This technique is not a form of mind control. A patient will not be rendered unconscious and at the mercy of the therapist, controlled to do exactly as they are told. The patient is in control the entire time. The therapist only helps to facilitate the patient’s experience.

Hypnosis and Self-Empowerment to Overcome the Obstacles in Your life

Hypnosis is all about empowerment and contrary to popular belief, the patient does not fall into a state of deep sleep during this session. However, it does introduce a trance-like state. During this state the patient is in an enhanced state of awareness, as they concentrate on the voice of the therapist. While in this state it’s believed that the subconscious mind is revealed while the conscious mind is suppressed. During this time the therapist will suggest concepts and ideas and lifestyle changes and adaptations to the patient. The aim of this treatment is to reprogram certain patterns of behavior that are rooted deep in the mind. This type of therapy is referred to as hypnotherapy and it’s often recommended to patients who suffer from phobias, irrational fears and depression.

How Does Hypnotherapy Work and How Successful is it?

Hypnotherapy is believed to work by altering the patient’s state of consciousness in a manner that the analytical side of the brain is switched off, while the other side, which is nonanalytic, is made more alert. The subconscious mind features a more instinctive force than the conscious mind and it has the ability to change a patient’s behavior.

As an example. A patient who seeks treatment because they wish to overcome their fear of dogs may have previously tried several ways to overcome this fear with no success because their subconscious mind continues to retain this fear, preventing the patient from moving past it. At this point, the patient’s only option may be hypnotherapy in order to reprogram their subconscious mind to let go of their fear.

How successful hypnotherapy is for a patient will depend specifically on that patient and their ability to be hypnotized. In order for this treatment to be effective the patient must meet with their therapist several times, building rapport.  The must trust their therapist as they let go and become vulnerable in this trance-like state. Many people who are very strong-willed find it difficult to make themselves this vulnerable. This stems from lack of trust and a fear that if the therapist is able to put them in this trance-like state then their mind is weak. For this type of patient a therapist will encourage them to practice self-hypnosis at home, in a more private and relaxing environment. This is also an effective treatment for patients who suffer from anxiety related conditions.