When it comes to alternative medicines and therapy there will have a variety of different opinions and responses depending on who is asked. Some people are just naturally skeptical while others are ready and willing to at least accept the possibility of these alternate means and methods. One popular, and yet slightly controversial, alternate method for therapy is hypnosis, often called hypnotherapy. While some are still skeptical about the effects of hypnosis and their claims, it is hard to deny that there are multiple sources and studies that suggest that hypnotherapy can have positive and proven results.
What is Hypnosis?
Essentially hypnotherapy is used as an aid for counseling and standard therapy and generally not viewed as a stand-alone treatment; nonetheless it can be very helpful as a tool to help supplement therapeutic treatment. So what exactly is hypnosis and how does it work? Hypnosis is a trance-like state designed to reach into a patient’s subconscious. Hypnosis is reached through a series of techniques design to relax the body and bring it into a state of extreme focus and relaxation. Your subconscious stores hidden memories, rituals, habits, and even perceived attitudes towards various people, places, things, and concepts. Once in this state of mind a trained mental health professional can use two methods of hypnotherapy as an aid for psychotherapy to further explore the subconscious. The two related methods are known as suggestion therapy and analysis therapy.
When in trance state your mind is much more willing to receive suggestions and ideas since its guard is somewhat down. Suggestion therapy is designed to use this openness to change as a way of helping the patient to break bad habits or to help change certain behaviors and perceptions. Then there is analysis, which essentially is a method in which a therapist asks certain key questions that their patient won’t or can’t reveal during a conscious state. This is important for finding the root of the problem such an event from the past they have repressed because of fear, anxiety, shame, and a variety of other possible options. Once the problem is uncovered it can be addressed in standard therapy.
Benefits of Hypnosis
So what are some of the key benefits of hypnosis in regards to therapy? Overall it can be successful in helping treat a variety of different problems from phobias, sleep disorders, depression, stress, and even post-trauma just to name a few.
Though once considered nothing more than an illusion or a stage trick, therapy have become a trusted technique in allowing a professional to reach a patient when other methods seem to fail. Hypnosis is not for everyone and some people just can’t suspend their skepticism enough to give it a try. If a patient doesn’t believe that hypnosis can help them then it often won’t work, especially when it comes to suggestion therapy. Despite having mixed opinions regarding it by the average person it has become a trusted tool in the therapeutic world and with proper utilization can really make a difference in a patient’s life.