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Hynotherapy for treating anxiety

Hynotherapy for treating anxiety

For many years now, we’ve learned about several effective ways to treat anxiety. Some of these different forms of treatment include medication, counseling, and therapy. Some people try to ignore the feeling of anxiety and its symptoms because they believe is not a big deal or it shall come to pass.  Personally, I don’t prefer to use medications for treating anxiety which is why I find other ways to reduce the symptoms and frequency of their occurrence. Another form of therapy found to be effective in treating anxiety and stress is hypnotherapy.

What is hypnotherapy?

The word Hypnosis comes from the Greek word – hypnos which means sleep.  Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on creating change in thought or behavior of a patient while in an unconscious or sleep-like state. It is also thought to have a few similar concepts as cognitive behavioral therapy. During hypnosis, a hypnotherapist uses guided relaxation style to keep patient in a focused and intense relaxation state to achieve a lucid state of awareness. Being under hypnosis can allow a patient to be more open to professional advice made by the hypnotherapist. This also brings up another reason why hypnotherapy can be used as an effective form of treatment for reducing anxiety and stress by allowing therapist to search through the subconscious mind. Searching the subconscious mind does not imply that the hypnotherapist has control over a patient’s mind. Hypnotherapy can also be used to treat other abnormal behaviors and thoughts including; insomnia, depression, smoking cessation, posttraumatic stress disorder, and psychotic symptoms such as hearing voices, paranoia, and visual hallucination.


Techniques used in hypnotherapy

Suggestion therapy – the idea of this technique is to get patients to be more open to suggestions made by the hypnotherapist. One effective way to utilize this technique is to halt behaviors such as smoking. It can also aid in changing a person’s perception or sensation, making it useful in treating severe or mild pain.

Analysis – this approach is used to explore and unveil possible unconscious factors that serve as a past traumatic event that a person has hidden in their unconscious memory. With the patient in a relaxed state of mind, the hypnotherapist can explore the unconscious mind of the patient.

Desensitization – is a behavior modification method used to treat phobias, panics and other undesired emotional responses. To learn how desensitization is used in hypnotherapy. To learn more about how it is used in hypnotherapy click here

What makes hypnotherapy effective in treating anxiety and stress?

Hypnotherapy is an effective form of treatment because it focuses on three primary problems that relate to anxiety and overall stress issues. Some of these problems are physical stress, emotional stress, medical issues such as sleep problems.

  • Emotional stress:- Frequent anxiety or panic attacks can result in emotional stress because you are always worried about different things going on in your life that you may or may not have control over. If you suffer from frequent anxiety, you have an idea of how much human energy it requires to experience those physical symptoms. Sometimes it feels like a workout. The goal in hypnotherapy is to place patients in a relaxed and positive state of mind by removing false negative beliefs and implementing ones that bring happy thoughts.
  • Physical stress:- This can often result from emotional stress. It can be tackled in hypnotherapy by working on specific triggers that pertains to your anxiety. Hypnotherapy can also help reduce the intensity of physical symptoms of anxiety and how often they occur.
  • Medical problems such as sleep abnormality can also be addressed using hypnotherapy. How? A hypnotherapist can assist with issues relating to sleep disorder by suggesting to you that it is possible to alter that part of your anxious self that spirals out of control causing you to be awake at night. To learn more about other techniques implemented during hypnosis.

What to look for when hiring a hypnotherapist.

Because hypnotherapy involves listening and hearing the voice of your therapist throughout your session, I believe it is essential to hire someone that you connect with and find their voice to be soothing. Another thing to look for is someone licensed to practice hypnotherapy (this part is very important). Hypnotherapy is no joke, and cannot be delivered by someone who is not licensed or authorized to do so. This usually involves someone who holds a masters degree in psychology, social work, a doctorate in psychology, or a medical doctor.

The myth behind hypnotherapy.

There are several myths behind hypnotherapy that many people believe to be true. Some of these myths include: people thinking that undergoing hypnosis will result in the hypnotherapist controlling their mind. This is false because no one can control your mind. To learn more about myths behind hypnosis click here

P.S I am super excited about getting my hypnotherapy certification.

“You use hypnosis not as a cure but as a means of establishing a favorable climate in which to learn.”

― Milton H. Erickson


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