What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a procedure in which a psychotherapist makes suggestions to a person so that they experience changes in perception, thoughts or behavior. It is a proven method of helping people move through unconscious barriers to self improvement, enabling a person tap into their natural abilities, use more of their potential and gain more self-control.

Hypnosis (sometimes referred to as ‘hypnotherapy’) is a therapy tool normally used in individual therapy but it is not a stand-alone, separate type of therapy. It cannot, by itself, help people with psychological or physical problems. If the therapist thinks hypnosis will be beneficial, this option would be thoroughly discussed before the client is asked to consent to this treatment.

Applications of Hypnosis

Hypnosis can be used in psychotherapy to treat many disorders and unwanted behaviors including:

Dealing with Resistance to Change

When you want to improve your life, part of your psychology can work against you. In other words, you can have a resistance to change. This is normal. Resistance can originate in childhood and grow stronger over a lifetime. Most of us have several ways of resisting change.

Generally, resistance and self-improvement go together. Often showing up during self-improvement work as unexpected thoughts or feelings, resistance doesn’t mean you won’t or can’t change, but it can slow you down or stop you. Here is one form that resistance to self-improvement commonly takes: