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Discover the Power of the Mind: Ask a Hypnotherapist- Is Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy or Self-Hypnosis Right for You?

Updated: Jun 5

What Can Hypnotherapy Do?

A woman smiling in hypnosis
In hypnosis you hear everything and it's easy to smile and enjoy the uplifting messages

Hypnotherapy is more than just a party trick. It’s a scientific practice used to address a myriad of personal challenges such as stress, addiction, pain, and even to enhance sales performance, increase confidence or improve your game of tennis or golf. Imagine being able to overcome a lifelong smoking habit or getting over the pain of an affair. Imagine the joy of breaking a sugar addiction, losing weight more easily or boosting self-esteem—the possibilities are nearly endless.

Have you ever wondered how powerful the mind truly is? Hypnotherapy is a fascinating field that taps into the natural power of the mind, helping people make profound changes in their lives. If you're curious about how you can transform your life, or the lives of others by learning hypnosis, self-hypnosis or experiencing a hypnotherapy session or becoming certified as a hypnotherapist, here’s what you need to know.

Hypnosis: What’s It Like?

The state of hypnosis is a natural state. It's actually the state between awake and asleep. It's that daydreamy state that people enter just as they awaken and just before they drift to sleep. It's sometimes called zoning out or vegging out, or highway hypnosis. People drift into the state of hypnosis while watching tv or scrolling, or sitting in a classroom. You can recognize the state by that blank stare. When we are in the state of hypnosis the mind is more open to accept new possibilities. And that's why it works so well in helping people break habits, resole problems and reach goals.

From hypnosis to sleep- audience drifts into sleep during a boring presentation

What is Hypnotherapy, Is it different from Hypnosis?

Hypnotherapy is different from hypnosis. Hypnosis is a natural state, as described above, but hypnotherapy is the use of therapeutic suggestions that are spoken to the client, when they are in the state of hypnosis. The hypnotherapist helps the client enter that relaxed hypnotic state, after the client and the hypnotherapist discussed the clients goals. If a client wants to lose weight but never seems to be able to control the portion size and wants to be able to eat less, or drink less alcohol, the hypnotherapist designs suggestions that echo the client's goals.

The client does all of their talking to the hypnotherapist about their goals on the conscious level so that the hypnotherapist can gather the information that is important to helping them reach their goals. Then the hypnotherapist carefully formulates the suggestions that the client wants, in a way that matches the clients goals, so the client can accept those suggestions while they are in the state of hypnosis.

How and Why Does Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Work?

Hypnotherapy works when a person is in hypnosis and the suggestions given to the client both match their goals and is stated at the right time, in the right way for that person to be open to considering the suggestions. Formulating and delivering the suggestions is the art of hypnosis. Because people learn in different ways, the hypnotherapist must speak with people based on how they learn.

A hypnotherapist, hypnotizing her relaxed client
A hypnotherapist uses hypnotherapy to help a client break a habit or reach a goal.

Here's a real life example: A new client once told me that he had seen several hypnotherapists and he knew what worked best for him. He only wanted the hypnotherapist to give him positive suggestions and never give him negative suggestions. His goal was to stop drinking, and didn't want any suggestions about how bad alcohol was or what terrible things it could do to him. Instead he wanted suggestions about how much better he'd feel without alcohol.

This is the kind of information that the hypnotherapist gathers from the client long before they enter hypnosis. Once the information gathering part is complete, the hypnotherapist helps the client enter the state of hypnosis and speaks the suggestions to the client at the right time, in the right format for that client, while the client relaxes.

Can the Hypnotherapist Control Your Mind?

No. The hypnotherapist does not control your mind. Essesntially, the hypnotherapist teaches the client how to take control over their own mind. Your mind will reject the suggestions that go against you. If the hypnotherapist told you to rob a bank, you would open your eyes and come out of hypnosis and leave. Unlike the way hypnosis is depicted in the movies, the hypnotherapist cannot control your mind.

I remember when I went to see a hypnotherapist myself. When she gave me suggestions in hypnosis that didn't match with my goals, my mind rejected them. Even though I was in hypnosis, and deeply relaxed, the words jarred me and I naturally moved out of the state of hypnosis and into the more alert, awake state. That's because the subconscious part of the mind protects us from anything that does not match us. The hypnotherapist didn't say anything bad or intentionally harmful, but what she said didn't match my goals well. My mind automatically rejected those suggestions in my behalf. That's how the mind protects us. It rejects any suggestions that do not match our goals and when that happens, it pulls a person out of hypnosis.

Once a person experiences hypnosis, they may want to learn self-hypnosis. Self-hypnosis is a great tool to reinforce goals and break habits- especially those that a person is clear about. So a client may want to feel less stress, and enjoy life more, and they can be taught how to access the state of hypnosis and use the suggestions for their benefit. There is a format the works really well for self-hypnosis and we offer training in this area so you can help yourself.

Could Hypnotherapy Be Your Calling?

A client comfortably relaxed in the recliner during her hypnotherapy sessionsession
A career in Hypnotherapy is rewarding

If you’re inspired by the idea of unlocking your human potential or if you think you might enjoy working closely with others to help them achieve their personal goals, hypnotherapy might be the perfect fit for you. It’s a way to reach your goals more easily and more quickly because hypnotherapy taps into the creative and emotional mind. And if you love helping people, a career in hypnosis not only offers flexibility and financial independence but also endless opportunities to continue learning and growing.

Ready to explore more?

Want to finally solve the problems or habits that have been haunting you for years. Just reach out and schedule a free phone consultation and let's talk. And if you're interested in hypnosis and hypnotherapy training, I’d love to answer any questions you have about the journey to becoming a hypnotherapist. I can barely wait to help you become an expert in the field of hypnosis.

Contact us today to schedule a question and answer appointment.

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