When we hear about the word “hypnosis”, most of us would think that it is a dangerous procedure as we have stereotyped it as brainwashing or mind control. However, this is not entirely true. Hypnosis is actually used to promote relaxation through guided imagery, intense concentration, and focused attention.
How does it Work?
Hypnosis, or hypnotherapy, is considered to be one of the therapies used for psychological counseling and therapy. This is primarily because when the subject is in his/her hypnotic state, it allows therapist to explore blocked thoughts, feelings, and memories that they have put away from their conscious minds. Aside from that, hypnosis also helps people to alter their beliefs about something; thereby, changing negative thoughts to positive ones.
Types of Hypnotherapy
- Suggestion Therapy
The hypnotic state helps the person to respond to suggestion better. Thus, it makes it easy for some people their negative behaviors and habits, and channels them into healthier ones. This is often used to those who wish to stop smoking or limit alcohol drinking. In addition, suggestion therapy is also useful in helping people change the way they perceive and feel. It is also particularly useful in the treatment of pain.
Analysis is another hypnotherapy approach which makes use of the relaxed state of mind to explore the root cause of a symptom or a disorder. This is particularly helpful to those who have experienced a traumatic event in the past; those who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder. Once the particular negative thought is revealed, then the symptoms of the disorder will be addressed accordingly through psychotherapy.
Benefits of Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is useful in the treatment of phobias, fears, anxiety, sleep disorders, depression, grief, loss, post-traumatic stress disorder, or any types of stress for that matter. Furthermore, it is also effective in distracting and diverting one’s attention from pain, as well as their unhealthy habits.