Hypnosis is the process of inducing a trance state in a willing conscious mind by using the power of suggestion to achieve healing. Hypnotherapy is the practice of hypnosis for therapeutic purposes. A recognized practice by the WHO, it can be used to treat anxiety, phobias, substance abuse including tobacco, sexual dysfunction, undesirable spontaneous behaviors, bad habits, learning disorders and much more. There are certain myths surrounding hypnosis about people losing control of their mind, however they are false. This therapy can only be achieved if clients are conscious, awake, willing, and remembering.
Various relaxation techniques are employed to help relax the patient and prepare them for entering the trance state. After entering a deep state of altered consciousness, suggestions are given to change thought patterns and behaviors. These suggestions are often agreed upon before the session starts and are repeated over several sessions for the mind to take hold to it. Once done, thought patterns begin to change for the better.
The most powerful feature of hypnosis is the ability to connect our conscious minds with our subconscious mind which aids in surfacing repressed memories that often lie at the root of our mental health challenges. Multiple clinical studies across the world corroborate the effectiveness of hypnotherapy as an alternative/complementary treatment for mental health challenges.