Hypnotherapy is often associated with smoking cessation and weight loss programs but has many other uses to support personal change in the realm of mental health. Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness that can be induced to access the unconscious mind through intense focused relaxation techniques. Hypnotherapy can be especially helpful for treating phobias, exploring emotions and changing habitual negative thought patterns.
Everyone experiences this self-induced state every day whenever they become lost in thought or daydream and find themselves less aware of their outside environment. While in this condition our conscious ‘walls’ lower and our subconscious is more open to suggestion. When induced you will not do anything that goes against your own personal values or beliefs. Generally, most people are aware of their surroundings while in the room as the treatment takes place.
Negative thought patterns are often so ingrained in your everyday patterns. You don’t register the self-defeating messages that you tell yourself. This can leave you anxious, depressed, or feeling like you have no energy to make the changes you would like. A therapist can help you uncover these patterns by using hypnotherapy as a tool to change these inner beliefs. Combined with cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnosis can act as an ‘amplifier’ for ongoing treatment.
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