Hypnotherapy, or hypnosis, is a type of therapy in which clients are put in a trance-like state that leaves them more open to suggestion. Hypnotherapy is used to help a client create unconscious change, which may result in new behaviors, feelings or thoughts. Unlike how it is sometimes portrayed in pop culture, hypnosis will not cause you to lose control over your behaviour. People under hypnosis typically feel calm and relaxed, and remain aware of what is happening. Hypnotherapy can be helpful in treating conditions including depression, anxiety, stress and insomnia. It can also be beneficial in conquering negative habits, like smoking or over eating.
Hypnotherapy is seen as potentially effective for clients suffering from issues such as phobias, addictions, and other difficult or unwanted habits. Hypnosis can be beneficial for individuals struggling to handle stress or chronic pain and women have even been known to undergo hypnosis as a way of managing the pain of childbirth. Individuals suffering trauma-related conditions such as posttraumatic stress (PTSD) may find it easier to confront their traumatic memories under hypnosis.
Hypnosis can be used as a mechanism to allow individuals deep self-exploration and discovery of unconscious intentions, motivations, or events and experiences which often result or manifest themselves as unwanted symptoms. Hypnosis bypasses our conscious thought processes which allows a person to access their subconscious and gain better understanding of problem. Each person achieves different results with hypnosis. However, it seems that some people are more receptive to this treatment and achieve increased benefits.