What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis, also called hypnotherapy, is sometimes used to help certain conditions.
It is similar to psychotherapy and makes use of specific relaxation techniques, deep concentration and channeled attention to get to an intense condition consciousness – something that is also known as a trance in layman’s parlance. The person gets intensely focused and in this state he does not know, temporarily, what is happening around him.
A person’s attention gets acutely focused on precise thoughts and jobs when he is in this condition, which happens naturally, but only when a therapist is working with the person.
How it Works
Hypnosis is meant to be a help to psychotherapy – or what is also called counseling. When in this state the person can talk openly about hurtful thoughts and feelings, besides the memories that might have been hidden when their minds were in a conscious state.
Additionally, hypnosis helps people to see things in a different way. It can, for example, block pain awareness, when a person gets hypnotized.
Hypnosis can work in 2 ways: suggestion therapy or analysis of patient.
Suggestion therapy: When in a hypnotic state, a person can respond in a better way to suggestions. Hypnotherapy may thus help certain people modify certain kinds of behaviors, like stop smoking or give up some other indecent habit like nail-chewing. When in a hypnotic state, people can change their perceptions and feelings and so it can be especially useful in easing pain.
Patient analysis: This method makes use of a relaxed state to discover basic causes of disorders or symptoms like a traumatic event of the past that is hidden in a person’s unconscious mind. Once this trauma comes out, it can be cured by using psychotherapy.
Benefits of Hypnosis
When in a hypnotic state a person is more open to talking and taking suggestions. It can be a vital step to improvement of other problems. For example, severe fears or phobias as well as anxiety can be cured through hypnosis. It can also help problems related to sleep, stress and depression as well as anxiety brought on after traumatic experiences and grief.
Hypnosis can be useful in helping pain control, overcoming certain habits like smoking or eating too much. It can help persons who need crisis management for their severe symptoms.
Drawbacks of Hypnosis
Persons who have psychotic problems may not get help from hypnosis. This is because these persons get delusions or hallucinations or who are drug-users, and so they may not respond to hypnosis in the correct manner. It must be used to control pain only if a physician has weighed the pros and cons of the disorder. Again, traditional treatments may be better that hypnosis for certain psychiatric ailments.
Hypnosis is also used sometimes to bring back repressed memories that are believed to be connected to the mental disorder. But hypnosis also contains the risk of creating erroneous memories, generally due to the therapists’ unintentional propositions. Because of this, hypnosis is considered a controversial treatment if it is used for some mental problems like dissociative disorder.
Is It Dangerous?
Hypnosis is not a dangerous method. It is not akin to brainwashing or control of the mind.
A therapist will not be able to force somebody to do something against her or his will. But the most serious risk is that of creating false memories. Hypnosis may also not be as effective as other, traditional treatments.
Only a professional who has a license and is certified in the mental heath profession, can perform this therapy.