Relaxation and intense concentration are some of the things that are used in hypnotherapy, and this is used to put the mind in a state of trance. In this state, the participant is in a state of awareness that is very high. Anything and everything that is happening around the individual is ignored or blocked out.
This is done so in order to concentrate on a specific thought or task and is done under the supervision of a trained hypnotherapist.
Rather than being considered as a form of treatment, hypnotherapy is seen more as a tool in psychotherapy. It is helpful in the field of psychotherapy as the person becomes exceptionally relaxed. This, in turn, helps them explore thoughts, feelings or memories that are otherwise painful. Said thoughts or emotions could be in their subconscious mind.
Being in hypnosis also enables the participant to see things in a new light as pain is often blocked out. There are two ways with which hypnotherapy can be used, namely suggestion therapy and patient analysis.
Suggestion therapy is often used to rectify bad behavior such as smoking. This is because being in a hypnotic state can help the participant become more open and susceptible to suggestions, thereby changing their perception on certain sensations and feelings. Suggestion therapy is also used to treat chronic pain.
After being induced in a trance, the doctor then tries to identify trauma or repressed memories that lie within the unconscious mind. Said trauma or memory could be the cause of a disease.
After this has been determined, it is then discussed in a psychotherapy session. Although this method has been used for an extended period of time, in today’s age, hypnotherapy is often separated from psychoanalysis.
As the person is in a state of hypnosis, there is plenty of room for the treatment of diseases and mental illnesses such as depression, stress, and phobias.
Although hypnosis can prove beneficial among individuals that have a healthy mind, the same cannot be said for those who aren’t mentally sound. Hypnosis cannot be recommended for people that suffer from hallucinations or alcoholism, drug abuse.
A significant risk that comes with hypnosis is that there is a high chance that false memory is created. This usually stems from suggestions from the therapist that are unintended and hence, why using hypnosis on mental disorders is still not mainstream.
There aren’t elements in hypnosis that pose physical threats to the participants, and the significant challenges that it faces are the ones that have already been discussed above.