Hypnotherapy can supplement psychotherapy as a way to help clients uncover and work through painful memories or experiences and reduce stress and anxiety.
Recently, clinical hypnotherapy has gained traction as a therapeutic intervention for reducing stress and anxiety. Hypnotherapy is defined as “the use of hypnosis in the treatment of a medical or psychological disorder or concern.” Hypnotherapy leverages the power of positive suggestion to evoke subconscious changes in thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
A form of psychotherapy, clinical hypnotherapy works for a wide range of psychiatric disorders. During sessions, the therapist uses guided imagery and soothing speech to help the person feel relaxed and safe. With the client in an altered state of consciousness, the therapist helps the client uncover suppressed emotions and tap into destructive behavioral patterns such as irrational fears and phobias, and replace them with positive affirmations.
How Hypnotherapy Helps
Hypnotherapy uses self-directed therapeutic suggestions to cultivate the client’s imagination and tap into their psyche, thereby facilitating the mind-body connection at the basis of many health conditions. The therapist helps clients delve into subconscious levels of traumatic experiences, memories and negative stored emotions. Releasing deep-seeded fears and repetitive thoughts enables healing on several levels. By resolving underlying, long-buried emotional issues, hypnotherapy helps people regain control of their lives, bodies, relationships and environment.
Benefits of Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy has a proven track record in helping people break addiction cycles and maintain sobriety. Hypnotic suggestions can help eliminate triggers of anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders. It can resolve underlying psychological issues contributing to sleep disorders and other mind-body conditions. Benefits include:
- Stress reduction
- Addiction relapse prevention
- Improved sleep
- Decreased chronic pain
- Decreased blood pressure
- Accelerated healing
- Enhanced self-control
- Connectivity to core beliefs
- Improved self-management skills