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If you’re intrigued by the idea of hypnotherapy but aren’t 100% sure what it is, or what it involves – you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re keen to quit smoking, ease anxiety or encourage healthy habits, hypnotherapy could well help. – From an article on Hypnotherapy Directory

Here we’ll go through some frequently asked questions to help you understand what hypnotherapy is, how it can help and how to find a hypnotherapist.

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that uses the power of suggestion to encourage positive change. A hypnotherapist will use relaxation techniques to help you reach a state where the conscious part of your mind is relaxed and your subconscious part is more open to suggestion.

They will then use suggestion techniques (where they ‘talk’ to your subconscious) to help encourage the change you’re looking for.

Are there different types of hypnotherapy?

There are many different approaches and techniques used by hypnotherapy professionals – some of which may be more suitable for you than others. Your therapist may have trained in a specific type of hypnotherapy, or they may have studied a number of different approaches. It’s possible that they may have also crossed over into other disciplines, such as counselling, or complementary therapies.

We would advise taking the time to do a little research. As a client, it’s not necessary for you to understand the different types of hypnotherapy before your treatment. But, having a little insight can ease your mind and make you feel more relaxed about the experience.

What will happen in a hypnotherapy session?

Many hypnotherapists now offer an initial consultation, generally lasting around one hour and usually involving several elements:

  • A discussion about your requirements and goals.
  • Gathering personal information such as sleeping patterns, lifestyle information, medical symptoms or medication, any treatments involving other healthcare providers.
  • An explanation of how the hypnotherapy process will work.
  • Practical details such as cost, cancellation policy, how many sessions might be needed.

After your consultation, your session can begin. While the way your session works may differ from therapist to therapist (each will explain how the process will work), the following typical session structure gives you an idea of what to expect:

  • A welcome chat where you can ask any other questions you have and get comfortable.
  • Induction. The hypnotherapist will lead you into a state of deep physical and mental relaxation.
  • Once deeply relaxed, the hypnotherapist can then begin ‘change work’ using techniques and approaches discussed and agreed to help you towards your goals.
  • Once the ‘change work’ is complete, the hypnotherapist will begin the transition to wakefulness, in which you are gradually brought out of your trance.
  • Time for any questions you may have, a summary of the session and progress made so far.

Does hypnotherapy work?

Hypnosis has the capacity to work for most people but some are more susceptible to suggestion than others. Being fully committed to the process and feeling that you can trust your hypnotherapist is key. It’s also important to keep an open mind, as any scepticism may subconsciously dampen your susceptibility.

Read more at the Hypnotherapy Directory