How hypnotherapy works

During a hypnotherapy session, you go through a process that induces a trance-like state that helps you to focus your mind and become deeply relaxed. This relaxed state helps you to respond more readily to suggestions and to focus more deeply on a problem.

Your hypnotherapist will assist you to visualize yourself in a state of peacefulness and relaxation, even when confronting a problematic behaviour or the object of your fears.

Your hypnotherapist may make gentle suggestions for behaviour changes that can help you conquer your issue. For example, you may be taught to see yourself as a supportive advisor during a phobic reaction, thus learning to trust yourself and your ability to get through the situation.

You may be taught certain cognitive-behavioural coping skills, such as guided imagery and a technique you can use when confronting your fears or anxieties.

You may be encouraged to talk about the first time you experienced the behaviour or problem that you are trying to overcome and how you felt at that moment.

Most hypnotherapists utilize a series of calming messages, such as “you are safe” and “no one can harm you” to reassure their clients that during hypnosis they can objectively face their problems without having a panicked reaction.

Impact of Hypnotherapy

The way hypnotherapy impacts individuals will vary. You may experience dramatic results. In other cases, you may simply feel very relaxed.

Awareness: You may remain fully aware during the entire experience. Some people recall everything that happens and are even able to have conversations while under hypnosis. Other people experience states of relaxation that are so deep that they may even feel detached from what is happening.

Focus: Most of the time, we are distracted by our surroundings. Whether the TV is blaring, your kids are demanding attention or your spouse wants to talk, it can be difficult to fully focus on yourself. Our conscious minds are also cluttered. You may be worried about paying a bill, concerned about an upcoming project, or planning tonight’s dinner. Even during a therapy session, these day-to-day concerns tend to distract us from focusing on our problems.

Relaxation: In the hypnotic state, you are deeply relaxed. Your conscious mind is quieted, allowing your unconscious mind to deeply focus on your issue (in this case, your phobia). You are also calmer, and therefore more receptive to facing your problems or fears.