What you need to know about hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is a type of therapy that utilises hypnosis to help treat health conditions, mental or physical, and standalone symptoms. It’s practiced by hypnotherapists, who don’t necessarily have to be qualified or licensed but will often have relevant qualifications or accreditations.
It works by the hypnotherapist using hypnosis to induce a hypnotic state in their patient, allowing them to experience external stimuli and suggestions while deeply relaxed. The heightened conscious awareness brought about by hypnosis is said to provide the ideal mental background for behaviour changes, relaxation, and exploration of past experiences.
Hypnotherapy is often used as a treatment option for people with conditions including chronic pain, dementia, nausea, skin conditions, IBS, ADHD, and more. It’s also a relatively common procedure for people wanting to change or reduce problematic behaviours, such as those relating to drug use, smoking, eating, or sleeping.
There are some common misconceptions about hypnotherapy, including that it’s the same thing as stage hypnosis (the legitimacy of which is debated), that you are under the hypnotherapist’s control while hypnotised, or that you will forget what happened while hypnotised. However, online hypnotherapy is largely considered to be a legitimate practice by the medical community, with studies showing it can be used effectively as part of a broader treatment plan.
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