Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy used to create unconscious change in the patient in the form of new responses, thoughts, attitudes, behaviors or feelings. It is undertaken with a subject in hypnosis. There are several types of hypnotherapy in wide use today for a variety of problems, from smoking to trauma and depression.

The Ericksonian hypnotherapists make use of an informal conversational approach with complex language patterns to induce a trance state and to therapeutic strategies. Cognitive/behavioral hypnotherapy (CBH) is an integrated psychological therapy employing clinical hypnosis and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

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What to Expect

There are many different therapy techniques of hypnotherapy and each therapist has his or her  methods. Some hypnotherapists will prefer to use a very traditional approach which focuses primarily on direct suggestions of change. Some will follow the same procedure for everyone. Others tend to be much more flexible, incorporating some of the newer psychotherapy techniques and tailoring each consultation to the needs of their client.

A client who is hypnotized is inducted into states of heightened suggestibility and responsiveness  with their consent in which the therapist encourages the desired goals set by the client in preliminary interviews.

After the session, most therapists will give you an audio recording or a word document with the suggestion that you heard during hypnosis.  Clients are ask to read or listen to this recording for in order for the suggestion or affirmations to work.

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American Society of Clinical Hypnosis  Download List PDF

Additional resources:

Braid, J. (1843). Neurypnology or The rationale of nervous sleep considered in relation with animal magnetism (PDF). London.: John Churchill.

Yeates, L.B., James Braid: Surgeon, Gentleman Scientist, and Hypnotist, Ph.D. Dissertation, School of History and Philosophy of Science, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, January 2013.

Gibson, H.B. (1991). Hypnosis in Therapy.

Lynn, Steven (1991). Theories of Hypnosis: Current Models and Perspectives.
Blackwell, Willey (2015). The Handbook of Contemporary Clinical Hypnosis: Theory and Practice.

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