Hypnotherapy is therapy undertaken when a person is in a state of hypnosis. When in a state of hypnosis, a person’s mind is in a state of deep concentration and is often used to treat deeply ingrained habits and patterns.
While the practice of hypnotherapy has evolved, it remains a popular technique to bring about positive change and lasting improvement, which in turn, increases quality and enjoyment of life. Many hypnotherapists engage in a form of client communication known as neuro linguistic programming. This hypnosis method relates to the connection between neurological processes (neuro), language (linguistic) and behavioral and emotional patterns learned through environment (programming). Many hypnosis practitioners believe that by studying the relationship between these three elements the human state, a state of transformation can be achieved that can change the way an individual thinks or acts. To this end, hypnotherapy is also a form of therapeutic treatment for relationship and family issues.
Hypnosis is an alternative practice sometimes used in the treatment of pain management, mind-body healing and addiction. Hypnotherapy is known to be a rapid working technique, however effectiveness of treatment is dependent on the state of mind of the patient, the issue needing resolution and the manner in which the client responds to treatment. Hypnotherapy can take anywhere between two and up to five sessions to take effect. Self hypnosis is also used in hypnotherapy. Patients can be taught self hypnosis techniques to induce a state of hypnosis aimed at reducing stress or anxiety or increasing a sense of wellbeing. Consultation with a hypnotherapist does not require a medical referral.