Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis for therapy and behavior modification. To practice hypnotherapy, you enter into hypnosis, a deeply relaxed state in which the mind becomes more responsive to suggestions. Hypnotherapy is performed by a certified hypnotherapist. In general, hypnotherapists are required to complete more advanced training, and therefore, they offer a more complete and therapeutic hypnosis experience. Hypnosis can be conducted via a 1-on-1 session, but it’s also self-administered, through recordings and scripts. Each patient seeking hypnosis has his or her own subconscious thinking patterns. And these subconscious thoughts are what keep a negative behavior in place.
Ultimately, hypnotherapists want you to succeed. Yet, hypnotherapy tends to empower clients more effectively. The reason? Hypnotherapists are trained to recognize change resistance behaviors and uncover the root cause. Additionally, hypnotherapists encourage follow-up appointments to reinforce positive behaviors. Therefore, results may be longer-lasting and achieved more quickly.
The duration of therapy will be dependant on your circumstances and the reason for which you are seeking hypnosis. Other issues, however, may require a longer-term approach with regular weekly sessions.
A session can be a minimum of 45 mins to 2 hours depending upon client circumstances and issues, which will be planed during the initial consultation. One-off services such as smoking cessation or gastric band hypnotherapy can last around two hours, while a general hypnotherapy session will usually take 50 – 60 minutes.
Hypnotherapy for children and young people is considered both effective and safe. Children tend to respond very well to hypnosis as they are naturally quite imaginative and use their subconscious minds a great deal more than adults do. Hypnotherapy can help to address several issues commonly experienced in childhood, including exam stress, sleep problems, bed-wetting, phobias, and low self-esteem.
A study analysis from 1970 found hypnosis to have a 93 percent success rate, with fewer sessions needed than both psychotherapy and behavioral therapy.
The effects of Hypnosis can be permanent in the same way that any sort of epiphany can lead to permanent mental changes. The direct effects of hypnosis wear off rather quickly in most people…. For instance “post-hypnotic” suggestions usually don’t stick around very long.