“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

Albert Einstein

Hypnotherapy is an alternative medical practice that has been used for thousands of years to solve a number of physical, mental, and emotional problems. It is a form of psychotherapy that is applied to a patient while in a state of sleep or unconsciousness called trance. This method is called hypnosis, which is a natural process that a hypnotherapist uses to influence how the patient thinks, feels, and behaves.

The therapy utilises guided relaxation techniques from a trained hypnotherapist to promote intense relaxation, concentration, and focus to achieve heightened awareness. It is used to address and treat a wide range of conditions including:

• Anxiety
• Depression
• Sleep disorders
• Phobias
• Panic attacks
• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
• Grieving
• Smoking withdrawal
• Weight loss

It is also useful for a number of physical problems such as chronic pain and muscle tension as well as addictive behavioural problems such as smoking, overeating, and over consumption of alcohol.

Hypnotherapy Methods

Depending on a person’s condition or concerns, the styles of hypnotherapy that therapists use are varied.

Hypnotherapy methods fall into two groups: suggestion therapy or regression therapy.

Suggestion therapy focuses on the client’s ability to respond to suggestions while in a state of trance. This method is commonly used to control addictive behavioral problems. It is also used to reinforce positive behavior through self-motivation. Through this process, a hypnotherapist is able to discover the root of the problem such as depression, social anxiety, or trauma.

Regression therapy (aka analysis therapy) is a method used to explore the root cause of a symptom or disorder. The therapist hypnotizes the patient by putting them into a relaxed state and analyses past events in their life. This allows them to explore the person’s subconscious and unconscious memory.

Hypnotherapy has been found to be a useful addition to, or as an alternative to, medical care. And the popularity and recognition of this therapy is growing daily.