Have you ever seen a Vegas-style hypnosis show filled with people flapping their arms like birds or barking like dogs? Those shows are usually raucously fun and hilarious but they are purely for entertainment and have almost nothing in common with Clinical Hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy, also referred to as guided hypnosis, is a form of therapy that uses relaxation, extreme concentration, and intense attention to achieve an altered state of consciousness or mindfulness. In other words, it places the individual into an altered state of awareness in which you have heightened focus and concentration. Hypnosis is usually done with the help of a hypnotherapist using verbal repetition and mental images. When you’re under hypnosis, you usually feel calm and relaxed, and are more open to suggestions but contrary to popular belief you are always awake and in full control of yourself. This form of therapy is considered alternative medicine with the purpose of utilizing one’s mind to help reduce, alleviate or help gain control over a variety of issues, such as stress, anxiety, phobias, chronic pain or illness, undesired behaviors or negative habits (i.e. smoking cessation and/or weight loss). Hypnotherapy is also useful as a reinforcement tool, as it is useful in assisting clients to visualize goals and see themselves achieving their most desired outcomes. The aim of hypnotherapy is to create a POSITIVE shift in an individual’s way of thinking