Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy uses guided relaxation with a trained therapist to achieve a heightened level of focus and concentration to address specific issues or habits.  Hypnosis is usually considered an aid to psychotherapy counseling or therapy, because the hypnotic state allows people to explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories they might have hidden from their conscious minds. In addition, hypnosis enables people to perceive some things differently, enabling patients to overcome addictions or self-destructive behaviors.  Hypnotherapy generally is used for either suggestion therapy or analysis.  Suggestion therapy relies on the hypnotic state to improve the patient’s ability to respond to suggestions.  This is generally utilized when the patient wishes to change problem behaviors such as smoking or drug use, or even as a method for coping with chronic pain.  Analysis hypnotherapy utilizes the relaxed state to explore the underlying cause of a disorder or symptom, such as a traumatic event that a patient has blocked from their conscious.  Clinical or medical hypnosis is used by professionals trained in medicine, psychology, social work, counseling, nursing, and dentistry.  Generally, it is used as an aid to psychotherapist in their treatment sessions.

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