The Truth About Hypnotherapy: How Does It Work?
Many misconceptions and myths about hypnotherapy and hypnosis pervade, particularly because of the way the media has portrayed hypnosis for entertainment purposes.
As a result, hypnotherapy is not as well-regarded as other types of psychotherapy. This is unfortunate because hypnotherapy is a widely used tool that has been shown to work in a variety of situations where other methods have failed.
For that reason, if you are thinking about getting a hypnotherapy treatment or simply want to learn more about the procedure from trained professionals, you will find everything you need to know right here.
The following discusses some of the most important questions and answers about hypnotherapy:
- What Is Hypnotherapy?
- What Is the Difference Between Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis?
- What Are the Benefits of Hypnotherapy?
- Does Hypnotherapy Work?
- What Can Be Treated With Hypnotherapy?
- What Are the Side Effects of Hypnotherapy?
- Who Should Not Do Hypnotherapy?
- What Happens During Hypnotherapy?
- Will I Lose Control Over My Mind During Hypnotherapy?
- How Long Will it Take Until I Begin to See Results from Hypnotherapy?
- How Will I Know When My Hypnotherapy Sessions Are Working?
- What Is the Success Rate of Hypnotherapy?
- Why Should I Choose Evolve Brain Training for My Hypnotherapy Treatment?
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a type of psychotherapy technique that uses total concentration and complete relaxation and repetition to attune the mind to a state of heightened consciousness and awareness — to get you to a state of wakeful awareness with deep relaxation that borders on detachment.
This way, your mind is focused to the point where it can ignore outside stimuli while it is focused on internal issues, so you can get to the root cause of whatever is ailing you.
What is the Difference Between Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis?
“Hypnosis” is the term used to describe the trance-like state of mind during treatment, whereas “hypnotherapy” is a term used to describe the entire therapeutic process that uses this state of mind to treat various conditions.
In simpler terms, hypnosis is the tool, while hypnotherapy is the use of this tool.
What are the Benefits of Hypnotherapy?
The hypnotic trancelike state is a remarkably flexible tool for solving physical and mental health problems. This is why trained and licensed therapists use hypnosis to focus the mind and treat a variety of conditions such as weight problems, smoking, sleeping disorders, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and more.
Does Hypnotherapy Work?
Hypnotherapy works, and it has been shown to help a wide range of people in a variety of situations — from reducing the effects of stress, grief, and loss to assisting with depression and anxiety, eating disorders, and other physical ailments such as pain and nausea.
However, what you get out of the treatment will depend on you and how open you are to the process.
What Can Be Treated With Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is used to treat all kinds of mental and physical ailments such as chronic pain, anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), past traumas, phobias, addictions, lessening pain during childbirth, reducing nausea during chemotherapy, and as a stress management tool.
It is important to note, however, that hypnotherapy is often used in conjunction with other therapies.
What are the Side Effects of Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy conducted by a trained therapist rarely has any side effects. That being said, the common risks of hypnotherapy include dizziness, confusion, and anxiety. These typically fade after a short time after the session and have no long-term negative consequences.
In rare cases, hypnotherapy may create false memories and worsen mental issues. This only happens when it is not administered by a trained therapist. As such, it is advisable to consult a psychiatrist to ensure you are suitable for hypnotherapy before starting a session.
Who Should Not Do Hypnotherapy?
People suffering from psychotic disorders may not be the best candidates for hypnotherapy.
People that have hallucinations, delusions, chronic psychosis, or a personality disorder should consult a psychiatrist before beginning hypnotherapy. Because sometimes, hypnotherapy can aggravate your symptoms.
People who use drugs are also advised not to use hypnotherapy because it may be ineffective on them. After all, hypnotherapy requires focus.
What Happens During Hypnotherapy?
Most people do not enter the trancelike state the first time they attend a hypnotherapy session. Usually, the goal for the first session is for the therapist to discuss your treatment goals and desired outcomes.
Then, using relaxation techniques, focus and repetition, and gentle suggestions, your therapist will help you get to a trancelike state of mind where your body is relaxed, aware, focused, and open to gentle suggestions.
Once a certain level of progress is achieved, the therapist will gently bring you out of the trancelike state. You can expect to feel fresh and relaxed after your session.
Will I Lose Control Over My Mind During a Hypnotherapy Session?
No, hypnotherapy will not cause you to lose control of your mind. In fact, some people cannot be hypnotized if they do not wish to be. You are never under the control of anyone, and you will never do anything that you believe is morally wrong.
If you agree to enter the required hypnotic state, you will be fully aware at all times and will be able to refuse suggestions and even bring yourself out of the trancelike state if you so desire.
How Long Will It Take Until I Begin to See Results from Hypnotherapy?
There is no standard answer to this. The length of time you need to undergo hypnotherapy for a specific condition will be determined by several factors, including your disposition to hypnotherapy and the condition — whether it’s weight loss, a sleep or eating disorder, a phobia, or simply the need to boost self-esteem.
It can take anywhere from a few one-hour sessions to a few months of hard work by both you and the therapist before you see results.
How Will I Know My Hypnotherapy Sessions are Working?
The effects of hypnotherapy do not always manifest immediately after a session; they take time to build up. That being said, you may feel drowsy or low immediately after a session. This is usually your mind's way of dealing with what your session helped with, and it is a good sign. You may also feel uplifted and lighthearted at times.
As the weeks pass, you should notice positive reinforcement of certain aspects of your life goals.
What is the Success Rate of Hypnotherapy?
There is no data that truly demonstrates hypnotherapy's success rate, but when compared to other behavioral therapies, hypnotherapy is shown to be the most efficient and successful.
It requires fewer sessions and is more effective with a greater number of people than other forms of behavioral therapy.
Why Should I Choose Evolve Brain Training for My Hypnotherapy Treatment?
Evolve Brain Training is committed to assisting you in achieving the best possible results from your treatment, which is why we use an integrated approach — cognitive-behavioral coaching to rewire your conscious mind before we begin rewiring the subconscious mind through hypnotherapy.
How Hypnotherapy Works
- Initial Consultation
- Hypnotherapy Assessment
- Counseling and Hypnotherapy
- Timeline of Therapy