Definition of Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a mindbased treatment that uses hypnotic states to access your subconscious and generate change both in the psyche as well as the physical.

A New Definition of Hypnotherapy

The definition of hypnotherapy has evolved. As with many therapies, modern hypnotherapy has becoming a client-centered therapy in which you are guided by the hypnotherapist to dialogue with your subconscious mind - also known as the body-mind -  in order to gain an understanding and resolution of your issues, symptoms, and reactive emotions.

Listen here to Eva M. Clark explaining hypnotherapy using three client cases.

How does Hypnotherapy Dialogue with the Subconscious Mind?

Every night when you go to sleep and begin dreaming, you are -in effect- having direct dialogue with your subconscious mind. Most of the time, however, you might not remember all your dreams and, the ones you do, are extremely unclear, fragmented, and confusing. 

In hypnotherapy, a similar dream like state is achieved - a sort of waking dream - for the issue you want to work on. The hypnotherapist guides you in dialoguing with all the elements of the dream until you understand the underlying messages, memories, and meaning the subconscious is communicating through the imagery and experiences of the dream.

A hypnotherapy session is kind of like going to see a movie clip with the director of the movie. As the session unfolds the hypnotherapist asks the director questions and the client learns all about the different elements involved and their deeper meaning.  Additionally, the director works with the client and the hypnotherapist to update the old movie and change the way the client sees themselves and life.

The different techniques used in modern hypnotherapy to dialogue with the subconscious mind are the following:

  • Suggestion and visual imagery:  Traditional directive hypnosis focuses on these techniques.
  • Regression Therapy: To return to the original cause.
  • Medical Hypnotherapy.
  • Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) for Health
  •  Voice Dialogue and Gestalt Therapy
  • Transformative MedicineConsiders disease as symbol pointing the way to wholeness.

Medicine Has Researched Hypnotherapy and Found it Effective

Hypnotherapy has been studied and approved by the American Medical Association (AMA), the National Institute of Health (NIH),  as well as the British Medical Association (BMA) and much research has been done on medical hypnotherapy's effects on chronic pain, autoimmune disorders and illness, and anxiety.

"The use of hypnosis has a recognized place in the medical armamentarium and is a useful technique in the treatment of certain illnesses." - AMA

"Hypnotism is of value and may be the treatment of choice in some cases (…) It may also be of value for revealing unrecognized motives and conflicts in such conditions. As a treatment, in the opinion of the Subcommittee it has proved its ability to remove symptoms and to alter morbid habits of thought and behavior." - BMA

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