Hypnotherapy (hypnosis) is the use of intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness. Sometimes referred to as a trance. In this naturally occurring state, you can focus your attention on specific thoughts or tasks.
Hypnosis is considered an aid to psychotherapy (counseling or therapy). The hypnotic state allows you to explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories they might have hidden from your conscious minds. This is due to the brains defense mechanisms. In addition, hypnosis can helps you to perceive some things differently, such as blocking an awareness of pain.
Hypnotherapy uses a relaxed state to explore possible psychological root cause of a disorder or symptom, such as a traumatic past event that a person has hidden in his or her unconscious memory. This allows for integration of a past experience to help promote healing.
The hypnotic state allows you to be more open to discussion and suggestion. It can improve the success of other treatments for many conditions, including:
- Phobias , fears, and anxiety
- Sleep disorders
- Post-trauma anxiety
- Grief and loss
Hypnosis is not dangerous. It is not mind control or brainwashing. A therapist cannot you do something embarrassing or anything you don’t want to do.