How does Hypnotherapy Work?

Hypnotherapy is conducted using hypnosis allowing the subconscious mind to become more receptive to coming forward.  Hypnosis is a safe, functional, and effective way to build new behaviors, create new patterns and find alternate ways of dealing with situations, thereby enforcing positive, lasting change and restoring well-being of mind and body.  Hypnosis can be used to treat many mood disorders including post traumatic stress disorder.  It can also be used to help individuals suffering with depression and anxiety.

How Can Hypnosis Benefit the Process of Psychotherapy?

Most hypnosis involves an induction technique that enables the patient to achieve a welcome state of relaxation.  This becomes valuable in and of itself for the patient suffering from anxiety, obsessive thoughts, panic or depression.  Hypnosis can help a  person learn to practice Hypnotherapyrelaxation techniques effectively on their own, allowing them to release stress and tension.  The patient learns that they can become proactive in controlling or reducing undesirable states.

Hypnosis can also be effective in helping a person break through to subconscious materials that have adversely affected their mood or behavior.  In doing so, such material becomes more available to be addressed in treatment.  Often hypnosis is used to “break through” into an area that the patient had difficulty exploring or for which they were “resistance”.  Very often, hypnosis is used to examine past trauma that the patient effectively “bottled up” in order to protect themselves from painful feelings.

Hypnosis is only effective if the patient feels willing to emerge into a trance state.  No one can truly be hypnotized against their will.  The therapist and patient need to agree that any unconscious material that surfaces from the session will be dealt with in a manner that will not overwhelm the patient and be a positive contributor to the overall treatment process.