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Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic approach that uses hypnosis as a tool to help individuals achieve a state of focused attention, heightened suggestibility, and deep relaxation. It is often employed to address various psychological and emotional issues, as well as to promote personal growth and behaviour change. Here's how hypnotherapy generally works:

Hypnotherapy is used to address a wide range of psychological, emotional, and even some physical issues.

  1. Anxiety and Stress Reduction: Hypnotherapy can help individuals manage and reduce anxiety and stress, teaching them relaxation techniques and altering thought patterns contributing to these issues.

  2. Phobias and Fears: It is often used to treat specific phobias, such as fear of flying, heights, spiders, and public speaking, by helping individuals reframe their perceptions and reactions.

  3. Smoking Cessation: Hypnotherapy has been used as a tool to help people quit smoking by addressing the underlying psychological factors and behavioural patterns associated with smoking addiction.

  4. Weight Management: Hypnotherapy can assist individuals in adopting healthier eating habits, controlling their appetite, and staying motivated to exercise.

  5. Pain Management: It is used to help manage chronic pain, such as in cases of fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or migraines.

  6. Sleep Disorders: Hypnotherapy may help individuals overcome insomnia and improve the quality of their sleep by addressing underlying stress or anxiety.

  7. Depression: While not a standalone treatment for depression, hypnotherapy can be a complementary approach to help individuals develop more positive thought patterns and coping strategies.

  8. Addictions: It can be used to address various addictions, including alcohol and drug addiction, by targeting the underlying triggers and behaviours associated with addiction.

  9. Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem: Hypnotherapy can boost self-confidence and self-esteem by addressing underlying self-doubt and negative self-perceptions.

  10. Memory Enhancement: Some people use hypnotherapy to improve memory, concentration, and focus by tapping into the subconscious mind.

  11. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Hypnotherapy may be part of a broader treatment plan for individuals with PTSD to help them process traumatic memories and alleviate associated symptoms.

  12. Habit Control: It can be used to break unwanted habits, such as nail-biting, teeth grinding, and hair-pulling (trichotillomania).

  13. Performance Improvement: Hypnotherapy is used to enhance performance in sports, public speaking, and creative endeavours by reducing performance anxiety and improving focus.

  14. Exploration of Inner Issues: Some people use hypnotherapy for personal growth and self-discovery, exploring their subconscious to better understand themselves and their motivations.

During a hypnotherapy appointment, you can expect several key stages and activities:

Assessment and Discussion: The session typically begins with an initial discussion between you and the hypnotherapist. This is an opportunity for you to express your concerns, goals, and what you hope to achieve through hypnotherapy. The therapist may ask questions to gather information about your issue or condition.

Establishing Goals: The hypnotherapist will work with you to establish specific and achievable goals for the session or a series of sessions. This helps ensure that the therapy is tailored to your needs and objectives.

Relaxation: To induce a hypnotic trance, the hypnotherapist will guide you through a relaxation process. This may involve deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or other relaxation techniques to help you become more calm and focused.

Hypnotic Induction: The hypnotherapist will use verbal cues, suggestions, and imagery to guide you into a state of hypnosis. You remain fully aware and in control throughout the process; hypnosis is a state of focused attention and heightened suggestibility.

Addressing the Issue: In the hypnotic state, the therapist will address the specific issue or concern discussed during the assessment. They may use therapeutic techniques and suggestions to help you explore and work through the issue on a subconscious level.

Suggestion and Therapy: Depending on your goals and the issue being addressed, the hypnotherapist will provide suggestions for positive change, help you reframe thought patterns, or guide you in processing emotions and memories.

Exploration: For some clients, hypnotherapy may involve exploring memories, emotions, or insights related to the issue. The therapist helps you gain deeper understanding and potentially resolve the problem.

Termination: The session concludes with the hypnotherapist gradually bringing you out of the hypnotic state. You may feel more relaxed and refreshed, similar to awakening from a nap.

Discussion and Feedback: After the session, you and the therapist will discuss your experience, any insights gained, and your overall feelings. You can provide feedback and discuss progress toward your goals.

Homework or Self-Help Strategies: Depending on the issue and the therapist's approach, you may receive recommendations for self-help strategies, such as practicing relaxation techniques or mental exercises between sessions.


The number of sessions required can vary depending on the issue and individual needs. Some issues may be addressed in just a few sessions, while others may require more extended treatment. It's essential to work with a qualified and licensed hypnotherapist who follows professional ethical guidelines and ensures your safety and well-being during the sessions.


Remember that you are an active participant in the process, and your willingness and openness to the therapy can play a significant role in its effectiveness. Additionally, hypnotherapy is often used as a complementary or integrative approach in conjunction with other therapeutic methods, and the therapist will discuss this with you if necessary.

Wendy Feltrup

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