Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

You may hear the terms hypnosis and hypnotherapy bandied about, but is there a difference? A distinction? You bet. Hypnosis is a form of altered consciousness that is brought about using hypnotic techniques such as the process of induction. Once the subject is in the hypnotic state, then one can inject any therapy such as stop smoking; lose weight, nail biting, headaches, ticks, etc. So think of hypnosis as a state of consciousness and think of hypnotherapy as the insertion of one program or another that the hypnotic state houses, so to speak. So let use take an imaginary trip and see how hypnosis works hand in hand with hypnotherapy: STOP SMOKING.

If you are trying to stop smoking and go to a hypnotherapist,probably one of the first questions she will ask you is: Have you ever been hypnotized? You may have been hypnotized as a joke, as an exhibit in a comic act, and if this is the case, the hypnotherapist will probably want to know if you have had any experiences with clinical hypnosis. The therapist may then ask you if you are willing to undergo certain tests to see if you are a good subject for hypnosis. If you comply, then one such procedure is to have you stand and close your eyes...then to extend your arms and begin to imagine that you are holding up feathers in one hand and a five pound book in the other. The therapist will continually plant suggestions about how the arm supporting the book is getting more and more tired. She may then amplifiy the suggestions by saying to the client that she has tied a balloon to the other arm and that the arm is getting lighter and lighter. After doing this for a while, the therapist will have the person open their eyes and they will usually see that there is a significant difference in the position of their arms, all attributed to suggestion and not to actual weight changes.

Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Work Together

If the therapist does a good job with the tests, then it will make it easier when it is time for inserting the therapeutic portion of the process. This is so because the client will now be more inclined to believe that he/she is responsive to suggestion. So, at this point, any number of techniques may be used to bring the client into a deeper hypnotic state. You may already have established a mild hypnotic state by using the tests. Let us assume you will use a closed eye technique. This is a rapid induction and one of the favorites of the famous psychotherapists, David Elman. It goes like this. The therapist tells the client that in a few moments she is going to touch the client's eyelids and gradually pull them closed and the client at that point is going to test them and make sure they do not work and as soon as he/she notes that the eyelids do not work, then they suggestion is that as soon as they note this, they will go deeper into trance. This all happens very rapidly so it is a imperative for the therapist to have the timing down to a fast clip and much time will be saved.

Now comes the process known as deepening..Usually a count system is used and the client is brought into a deeper hypnotic state. The therapist might say, for example, that as she counts down from ten to one, when they get to one the client will fall into a deep state of relaxation and that this deep state of relaxation will be indicated by her head falling forward or to the side. This gives the therapist a gauge on what state the client is experiencing.

Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy: Time for the Therapy

Now is the time for therapy suggestions. Here we are focused on Stop Smoking, but it could be almost anything...anything such as improving one's golf game, curbing nail biting, lose weight or fear of flying. With smoking, however, one has some latitude as to how much negative and how much positive reinforcement the therapist will use. For example smoking may be negatively associated with a weight, a poison, a noxious gas, a stinking unsightly habit, a horrid taste, a substance that damages your lungs, your lungs, your heart, your organs in general. To drive home the negative reinforcement, the therapist must build up images that are negative. Sometimes this is done by having the client to view a film while still in trance...a film introduced by a medical doctor and which shows pictures of diseased lungs, diseased organs in general. The client may see images of those smokers with lung cancer and emphysema. Sometimes the therapist will use a horrid smelling substance in the sessions so that the association is formed as a negative.

Now for the positive form of reinforcement. Here you will expose the client to images of sunny days with beautiful butterflies, clean air, sweet smells of pine or wintergreen, pictures of joggers running and enjoying the run, the film of one describing how clean their mouth feels, brushing or gargling with peppermint, images of cool flowing water and leaves blown by a breeze, and actors commenting on how much energy they have since they stopped smoking.

Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy: The choice.

At some point in the therapy the client will be asked to make a choice...to choose health over sickness, pleasant taste and smells over stinking smells, clean organs over diseased organs, and happiness over sadness. The client may be placed in an imaginary room that contains all the cigarettes he has ever smoked and all the smells and stinking tobacco juice over the walls and when the client looks through the window of the room...when he looks outside, he sees clear sunning landscapes with butterflies soaring and people jogging and he wants to be part of it. And he is. He has made a choice.

Now all that need be done is for the therapist to count the client up and back into ordinary consciousness, but which will now include freedom from smoking. And so there you have it. The hypnosis supports the program of stop smoking. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy work together.

In your search for applications of thea aforemented processes, please be aware that you will run across varioations theat are purely based on altering word order or subtituting nouns or noun phrases. These are some examples: insomnia hypnosis, golf hypnosis, hypnos to stop smoking quit smoking hypnosis,and smoking cessation hypnosis, street and clinical hypnosis, overt and covert hypnosis, erotic hypnosis and hypnosis orgasm. Though the end product is formed by suggestion, the state of consciousness, the induction remains virtually the same. You are creating an altered state of consciousnes. Keep this in mind as you progress.