When you think of hypnotherapy or hypnosis, what comes to mind? For many people, the term itself seems rather mystical, with not much validation or clarity as to what really occurs. The American Psychological Association (APA) emphasizes the fact that hypnotherapy is a very controversial topic – primarily because of the way movies and other forms of media have depicted it. Despite common beliefs, hypnotherapy has been considered quite effective for many people. For instance, Traci Stein, a clinical psychologist, told Women’s Health, “Hypnosis can be very helpful for addressing behaviors that are deeply entrenched but unhealthy, such as smoking or overeating. It can also reduce anxiety, shed light on and shift dysfunctional relationship patterns, and help people overcome procrastination.”
Before we discuss what hypnotherapy is, let’s first address what it isn’t:
- Hypnotherapy takes away all of a client’s control.
Unlike in the movies, where a person is often doing outrageous acts (such as clucking like a duck), hypnotherapy in “real-life” isn’t anything like this! With hypnotherapy, you have full control over the experience. You determine how deep you will go with it.
- Hypnosis is a party trick that is never used by licensed medical professionals.
While there are people out there who claim to be hypnotherapists but do not have a license, there are many more who actually go through intensive schooling and training to provide the best care possible. Always make sure the hypnotherapist you are seeing is licensed and accredited.
- You cannot exit hypnotherapy unless a hypnotherapist allows you to.
Just as you can enter a subtle form of hypnosis while reading a delightful book, you can enter into hypnosis with a hypnotherapist and can easily return your attention back to the present moment should you so choose.
Hypnotherapy often starts with telling the hypnotherapist what you are wanting to focus on in your life and what messages you need to hear. Your session will then begin with relaxation, as you are then gently guided into a very deep, relaxing, calm state of being. Once you have achieved a deep enough state of subconsciousness, your hypnotherapist will use their voice to guide your attention to positive suggestions that could help you gain new perspective on your life. Hypnotherapy could be an excellent addition to your recovery – speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today to learn more.
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