Hypnotherapy is a technique that can be used in counseling as an adjunct to talk therapy by putting someone in the hypnosis state. Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness where you are more susceptible to suggestions. You experience altered states of consciousness many times a day, for instance, when you are driving on autopilot, not paying attention to the mechanics of driving and sometimes even not remembering passing certain landmarks or even that so much time has passed that you have actually reached your destination.
How hypnotherapy works
The mind is divided into the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. The conscious mind is the thoughts and thought processes that we are aware of on a regular basis. It is where your logic, will-power, superior judgment, and decision making is housed. The subconscious mind plays a behind the scenes role. We are not aware of our subconscious mind and what it is doing or why it is doing it. It has access to memories and information that we are not aware of with our conscious mind. It plays a huge part in our dreaming which is a way of it processing information and emotions and trying to come up with solutions to problems. We may consciously want to change a behavior, but subconsciously we may be self-sabotaging due to associations. For instance, you may know that you are on a diet and want to lose weight, but as soon as you become stressed, the association between food and comfort in the subconscious mind takes over and you find yourself eating off of your diet. Hypnotherapy is helpful in getting the conscious mind to “step aside” and allow the counselor to work directly with the more powerful subconscious mind to make changes to these associations that are blocking you from reaching your goal.
Hypnotherapy is conducted by accessing the subconscious mind and making changes on a deep level with emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Hypnotherapy has been proven to be a powerful tool in working with most issues and is easily tailored to the individual.
Will I lose control of myself while in hypnosis?
No, you will not lose control while in hypnosis. Hypnosis is a state of relaxing the body and focusing the mind. While in hypnosis, the therapist can only make changes to the subconscious mind that the client wants. The therapist is not able to make you do anything against your will.