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Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy in which the subconscious mind is accessed and reprogrammed to solve problems such as coping with stress and breaking bad habits. It combines cognitive therapeutic counselling techniques with subconscious healing techniques. When the patient is under hypnosis, their mind and body is put into a heightened state of learning which makes them more susceptible to suggestions for self-improvement or behavior modification. The goal of hypnotherapy is to harmonize the subconscious and conscious minds to give the person a greater control over their emotions and behavior.
Hypnotherapy is used to treat various physical and psychological issues such as:
During a hypnotic state, the person under it becomes deeply relaxed. The conscious mind becomes quieted which allows the unconscious mind to focus deeply on the issue at hand. The person also becomes more calm, and therefore they become more receptive in facing their fear.
Most hypnotherapists use a series of calming messages to reassure the client that under a hypnotic state, they can face their issues objectively without having a panicked reaction.
Then, the hypnotherapist will make gentle suggestions to the client for behavior changes that can help overcome the issue. They may also teach certain cognitive-behavioural coping skills to confront these issues.
Hypnotherapy has been known to become an effective tool in addressing weight management and quitting smoking. However, it can be used to overcome other issues such as:
Find out more about AACHP, Australia's professional association for hypnotherapists & psychotherapists that provides benefits to its members.
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