Hi, Robert Shields here writing to you from the U.K.
What is Hypnotherapy
A simple explanation on the uses and application
A common misconception in the general public's
eyes is that Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis are the same.
Let me say this emphatically, Hypnotherapy is
What is Hypnotherapy:
Simply explained it is a form of therapy that
uses hypnosis as part of its tools to achieve a successful conclusion to an
applied therapy, usually a form of counselling or psychotherapy.
Hypnotherapy, How it is used and applied:
A visit to a Hypnotherapist will almost always
start with a consultation session when the Hypnotherapist will ask questions
to ascertain what the presenting symptom to the problem is and to learn the
personal details of the client. The Hypnotherapist will begin by
assuming that the presenting symptom is not necessarily the cause of the
problem to be resolved.
During this consultation, the Hypnotherapist
will also ask additional questions to be sure that should he/she decide to use
hypnosis, that it will be safe. For example, the therapist will always ask
about past and present medical backgrounds and drug usage. There are
certain modern drugs that are not conducive to effective hypnosis, such as
major psychotic drugs.
During the initial consultation the
Hypnotherapist will decide on the best procedure to start with towards resolving the
client's problem. He can use various techniques to establish
whether the therapy should be a talking therapy, known as counselling, or
the use of hypnosis alone or both. He may or may not do this
during the first session, but whenever it is done, the outcome will be the
As you can see, a Hypnotherapist has a number of
tools available to him to help resolve a client's problems, including
psychotherapy techniques and even behavioural methods. However,
counselling techniques can be slow to reach a satisfactory conclusion and
therefore, most Hypnotherapists will use hypnosis, if appropriate, to
resolve problems quickly.
An example could be that a client has a
relationship problem that only needs to be talked through to a sympathetic
ear. Using hypnosis would not be necessary. However, if the
client also has an anger issue, it may be helpful to use hypnosis to control
Another example could be a client who wants to
break or give up a habit or phobia. After discussing the problem and
using techniques to ensure the correct approach to using hypnosis, the
client may be offered purely hypnosis to resolve the problem.
The above examples could be combined in cases
where counselling is given and hypnosis used to reinforce the counselling.
What is Hypnotherapy? It is the use of
counselling techniques following certain psychotherapy guidelines that the
Hypnotherapist will have studied and qualified in.
Or it could be using hypnosis to produce a
relaxed and receptive state of mind when beneficial suggestions can be given
to a client. Or, it can be a combination of the two.
As I have said, Hypnotherapy is not the same as
hypnosis. Anyone can hypnotise as it is mostly a mechanical process.
Stage hypnotists, for example, are just ordinary people who prefer the
highlights and exposure to people who sometimes see them as extraordinary.
However, a Hypnotherapist always has the client's welfare at heart and
uses hypnosis as one of the many tools to his trade and has learned how to
use hypnosis to benefit a client, not to make him or her look foolish on a
I hope the above has helped you to understand a
little better what Hypnotherapy really is.
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