What is Hypnotherapy?

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According to the Hypnotherapy Directory, hypnotherapy is defined as “a form of complementary therapy that utilizes the power the positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings, and behavior.” Many movies have depicted hypnotherapy as a mysterious, magical spell that causes people to act in ridiculous ways. Contrary to pop culture, hypnotherapy is a safe and effective tool used to help people work through their problems.

Hypnotherapy may be used to treat anxiety, phobias, addiction, sexual dysfunction, undesirable spontaneous behaviors, unhealthy habits, and more. Psychology Today notes that hypnotherapy can aid in pain management and can help resolve medical conditions such as digestive disorders, skin issues, and more.

Hypnotherapy is not a form of psychotherapy but rather a tool that facilities other forms of treatment. Research conducted by the American Psychological Association states that hypnotherapy has been proven effective in reducing pain and soothing anxiety. The Wellness Institute states that hypnotherapy “helps free the client from toxic behaviors. Hypnotherapy will lead people toward healing the unresolved issues that have been hounding them their whole lives.” Upsetting events throughout our childhood and adolescence often cause us to develop perceptions of ourselves and the world through a very underdeveloped mind. This may lead us to make decisions that seem helpful at the time, but later haunt us. Hypnotherapy is designed to untap those deep, hidden issues so that they can be discovered and treated. How does hypnotherapy work?

The beginning of a hypnotherapy session involves the hypnotherapist speaking in a gentle, soothing tone and describing images that create a sense of relaxation, security, and well-being. The therapist will then help you think about experiences and situations in positive ways that may help you change the way you think and behave. Unlike depictions shown in media, you will not be unconscious, and you will have full control over yourself. Hypnotherapy is said to work very well alongside cognitive behavioral therapy.

Individuals who are considering hypnotherapy should first consult a doctor or physician, as hypnotherapy could worsen symptoms, or produce undesirable side effects such as headaches, dizziness, and anxiety. These symptoms, however, typically dissipate within a few hours after the session.

If you are considering hypnotherapy along with other effective forms of treatment for your mental illness or addiction, call us today at 888-743-0490. Simple Recovery offers a multitude of services to develop a treatment plan that best fits your needs. Our licensed, experienced healthcare professionals truly care about your recovery and will work with you to restore your mind, health, and body. Call us today for a consultation.