Hypnotherapy is a therapy technique that uses guided meditation, where your conscious mind becomes more narrowly focused, placing you in a hypnotic state. The hypnotic state is similar to our everyday daydreaming state. The brain waves cycle down from beta to alpha and/or theta waves when one is in a hypnotic state. This enables the therapist to talk to the subconscious mind rather than to the conscious mind, by anchoring suggestions into the subconscious.
Psychology Today describes hypnotherapy as a “trance-like state of focus and concentration” that is reached with the guidance of a clinical hypnotherapist. Hypnotherapy is one technique that may be used to help you to change your habits through intense focus. This state is likened to being fully absorbed in a good book, and it allows individuals to turn the focus fully inward to access resources present within themselves.
Hypnotherapy may also help to improve learning disorders, sleep problems, relationship issues, and communication abilities. Hypnotherapy may help people to manage their pain and to help with skin problems, digestive issues, and the side effects of chemotherapy and pregnancy. Dentists may use hypnotherapy to help people to stop grinding their teeth or to control their fear of dental care.