What Is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy has been used for mental health treatment, including hypnotherapy for addiction. Hypnotherapy involves using hypnosis to unconsciously inform a person on how to make changes in their life. Hypnosis is a state of relaxation where a person is extremely focused and highly susceptible to suggestions. Under normal circumstances, a person may be resistant to change, even when it could have a positive effect on their life. Hypnosis helps to break down that barrier and make a person more open to suggestions.
There are two types of hypnotherapy: traditional and Ericksonian hypnosis. Traditional hypnosis uses the belief that someone can be told what to do through direct commands while under hypnosis, while the Ericksonian hypnosis method uses suggestions rather than direct orders.
During a hypnotherapy session, a hypnotherapist will first speak with the person about their disorder. They will learn about the challenges the person faces and what changes they would like to make in their life. The therapist will then help the person to achieve a hypnotic state. While in this hypnotic state, the therapist will give the person suggestions about changing their life that they want them to implement later on after the hypnosis session is over.
What Does Hypnosis Feel Like?
There are many myths about hypnosis, mostly brought on by the stage performances where people from the audience are hypnotized and told to do ridiculous things. Unlike these performances would suggest, hypnosis will not make you do things against your will. However, it can help you let your guard down and be more receptive to suggestions that will be helpful to you.
A person gets into a hypnotic state when a hypnotherapist helps the person deeply relax. They will get to a point where they are open to suggestions the therapist is making and will take them into consideration later after the session is over and after they have returned to their normal state.