What is Hypnotherapy and Can it Help You?

Curious About Hypnotherapy? Here’s What You Need to Know

Have you ever heard the term “hypnotherapy” and wondered if it’s just something out of a movie? While hypnosis has been depicted in dramatic ways on screen, the reality is far more practical. Hypnotherapy can be a powerful tool for positive change, helping people address a variety of concerns.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a technique that uses guided relaxation and focused attention to access the subconscious mind. In this relaxed state, you become more open to suggestions that can help you make positive changes in your thoughts, behaviours, and emotions.

Is Hypnosis Mind Control?

Don’t worry, you won’t be clucking like a chicken in a hypnotherapy session. During hypnosis, you remain completely in control. You can’t be forced to do anything against your will, and you can easily come out of the hypnotic state at any time.

How Does Hypnotherapy Work?

Researchers are still exploring the exact way this kind of therapy works. Here’s how it seems to influence the brain in a few key ways [1]:

  • Focused Attention: Hypnosis helps you focus your attention inward, becoming less aware of distractions and more receptive to suggestions.
  • Increased Suggestibility: In the relaxed state of hypnosis, you become more open to accepting and acting on positive suggestions for change.
  • Neuroplasticity: The brain is constantly forming new connections and changing throughout life. Hypnotherapy may help create new neural pathways that support positive behavioural changes.

Why is Hypnotherapy Effective?

Hypnotherapy can be a powerful tool because it taps into the potential of your own mind. By addressing the subconscious mind, which plays a significant role in our habits and behaviours, hypnotherapy can help you make lasting changes that traditional willpower might struggle to achieve [1].

How Can Hypnotherapy Help You?

Although the science is inconclusive, hypnotherapy has been shown to be effective for a wide range of concerns [2,3], including:

1. Weight Management

By addressing unhealthy eating patterns and emotional triggers for overeating, hypnosis can help you develop a healthier relationship with food.

2. Smoking Cessation

By increasing your motivation, reducing cravings, and managing withdrawal symptoms, hypnotherapy can be a great option for smoking cessation.

3. Tinnitus Relief

Hypnosis can help manage the perception of tinnitus by providing relaxation techniques and reducing the emotional distress associated with the condition.

4. Alcohol Reduction

Hypnotherapy can help you develop a healthier relationship with alcohol by addressing underlying triggers and cravings.

5. Anxiety

Hypnotherapy can promote relaxation and teach you self-hypnosis techniques to manage stress and anxiety in everyday life.

6. Relationships

Hypnotherapy can help improve communication skills, address negative relationship patterns, and build self-esteem for healthier connections.

7. Pain Management

Hypnotherapy can help you manage chronic pain by reducing your perception of pain and improving coping mechanisms.

8. Grief and Loss

Hypnotherapy can provide a safe space to process emotions and memories associated with loss, while promoting relaxation and emotional healing.

9. Sleep

A hypnotherapist can help you to address underlying causes of sleep disturbances, such as stress and anxiety, and promote better sleep hygiene.

Is Hypnotherapy Right for You?

If you’re looking for a natural, drug-free approach to address a specific concern, hypnotherapy might be a good option to explore. Be sure to discuss your individual needs with your psychologist or GP and determine if it is a suitable approach for you.

What to Expect During a Hypnotherapy Session

There are two main ways to experience hypnotherapy:

  • In-person sessions: During an in-person session with a qualified hypnotherapist, you’ll discuss your goals and concerns. The therapist will then guide you into a relaxed hypnotic state using techniques like deep breathing and visualisation. Once relaxed, the therapist will offer personalised suggestions tailored to your needs. You’ll remain completely aware and in control throughout the session.
  • Audio programs: Pre-recorded audio programs offer a convenient and flexible option. These programs use guided relaxation and suggestive statements to help you achieve a similar state of mind as an in-person session. While audio programs can be effective, they may not be as personalised as working with a therapist directly.

Ready to Learn More?

At Body & Mind, we are proud to offer a growing library of targeted hypnotherapy programs specifically designed for Veterans as part of our comprehensive Veteran Mindfulness Program.

Additionally, we offer confidential consultations with experienced mental health professionals who can help answer your questions and discuss if hypnosis could be a helpful tool in your journey towards better well-being. Book a session online.

Book a Free Consultation Today! Let us help you find the right approach to achieve your goals. 


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