With so many forms of therapy on the market, albeit mainstream or alternative, knowing which will “fix” what ails you can be tough. Did you know traditional therapy that involves cognitive behavioral techniques, or do you want to take a more holistic approach?

Most of us can admit that we know exactly what we need to do to address unpleasant situations we often find ourselves in. When we want to get in shape, instead of joining a Pilates class, we instead turn to emotional eating.

We know that logically, the possibility of being struck by lightning is pretty slim, yet we still fear it. We also know that there is only one way to stop smoking, but yet we continue to make excuses as to why we can’t.

With so many choices, why would you ever consider hypnotherapy for treatment? When most people hear the word hypnosis, they probably conjure up someone being put to sleep by a swinging pendulum. As entertaining as that may seem, hypnosis is far from that.

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a guided relaxation therapy that helps you achieve a heightened state of awareness. While in a trance, your attention is only focused on yourself, blocking out external stimuli.

Since hypnosis allows patients to explore painful memories and feelings, it’s often used in conjunction with psychotherapy.

Hypnosis is a way to look inside yourself and make the changes needed to live a happier life, reduce pain or get over a traumatic event.

Let’s have a look at why hypnosis is so beneficial.

It’s Transformative and Effective

Most of us can admit that we know exactly what we need to do to address unpleasant situations we often find ourselves in. When we want to get in shape, instead of joining a Pilates class, we instead turn to emotional eating.

We know that logically, the possibility of being struck by lightning is pretty slim, yet we still fear it. We also know that there is only one way to stop smoking, but yet we continue to make excuses as to why we can’t. Hypnosis allows us to look inside and find the reasons why we aren’t doing what we need to do for ourselves. It helps us understand why we feel the way we do and how to stop feeling that way. 

Less Expensive than Traditional Therapy

Asking the final cost of your therapy is not one that can be answered, no matter how many times you ask. Since everyone’s circumstances are different, it’s almost impossible to tell someone how much money they will spend.

On the other hand, hypnotherapy tends to be a much faster solution in terms of seeing results. Hypnotherapy can be as short as one session or as many 20.

While this may seem to parallel traditional forms of treatment, the overall cost is less. This isn’t saying that hypnosis is a quick fix. There is no miracle cure, however, creating sustainable changes in a shorter timespan is 100 percent possible.

It’s Versatile

Hypnosis is a versatile form of therapy for a variety of conditions, both physical and emotional. Hypnotherapy can even boost self-esteem and increase job performance. Its versatility allows you to implement its core principles into many different situations.

Improves Sleep

Hypnotherapy can also help you get a good night’s sleep. Under hypnosis, you’re able to find the reason why you can’t sleep while teaching you strategies to calm yourself when you feel nervous. Understanding the root of insomnia gives you the power to silence your thoughts and fall into a peaceful slumber.

Eases Digestive Woes

Hypnosis is also proven to reduce complex digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome. Hypnosis for IBS involves relaxation techniques that focus on soothing sensations and imagery. In addition, undergoing hypnosis can improve an IBS sufferer’s overall quality of life, reduce abdominal pain, gas and even reduce painful bloating.

Minimizes Pain Response

When we are in pain, our bodies unconsciously become more tense and rigid. Hypnotherapy is also effective in reducing pain levels in patients suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia and even cancer. Through hypnosis, patients are able to relax and in turn, the tension in painful muscles and joints is also reduced.

Reduces Anxiety

Suffering from anxiety is not the same as feeling nervous before a job interview or a big exam. Anxiety can range from mild symptoms to full-blown panic attacks that land you in the nearest ER. Hypnosis can help you change your way of thinking and perception of stressful situations. You’re better equipped to handle your feelings of anxiety and understand that it’s okay to feel this way.

Because hypnosis can harness the power of the mind, it’s often used to reduce anxiousness prior to having medical procedures. Similar to the placebo effect, it helps change a patient’s expectations. Hypnosis changes those expectations by minimizing the fear of the unknown.

Final Thoughts

As with conventional therapy, hypnosis may not be right for everyone. People who suffer from alcohol or drug addiction may not be suitable candidates for hypnotherapy. When used for pain control, patients should also speak with their physician before proceeding.

Regardless of your own personal reasons for seeking treatment, hypnotherapy could be the answer you’ve been looking for. In Brisbane City Psychologist Dr Jane Zhao-O’brien focuses on you and what you need. Inquire about what hypnosis can do for you today.

Cite this article as:
Editorial Staff, "Using Hypnosis as a Therapy 7 Reasons Why," in Medicalopedia, June 13, 2019, [Permalink: https://www.medicalopedia.org/7529/using-hypnosis-as-a-therapy-7-reasons-why/].