Hypnotherapy is a talking therapy involving hypnosis, which focuses a client’s imagination and subconscious to help bring about positive changes to their thoughts, feelings or behaviour. Together, the hypnotherapist and client will decide on the desired changes to work on prior to any hypnosis being provided.
Unlike counselling, psychotherapy or psychology, which may involve looking at a number of issues in a conscious way, hypnotherapy often focuses on a singular issue and works with the unconscious. However, this doesn’t mean you risk losing control or that you can be manipulated to do or think things you don’t want to. At all times when being hypnotised the client remains in control, and although very relaxed, should be able to talk or get up and leave the room if they want to.
Common issues that can be addressed through hypnotherapy include giving up smoking, phobias, weight loss and loss of confidence. Hypnotherapy usually involves a short course of treatment, with only one or two sessions needed to address a particular issue.