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Healing and self-improvement through using a trance state has been acknowledged for centuries and has been observed, in one form or another, in virtually every culture throughout the world. The term 'hypnosis' (from the Greek word meaning 'sleep') was only coined around 1840 and remains a somewhat less than accurate description of the actual experience as in most respects, the hypnotic state is entirely dissimilar to sleep.
A commonly used, more up to date description of hypnosis could be "Hypnosis is a state of mind, enhanced by (although not exclusively) mental and physical relaxation, in which the subconscious is able to communicate with our conscious mind".
This state of mind may be brought about either by oneself unaided (self-hypnosis) or with the help of another person. If this other person is a trained professional, who utilises the resultant state to encourage beneficial change to occur, the process is referred to as "Hypnotherapy".
Psychological therapy and counselling (collectively referred to as the 'talking therapies') is the treatment of emotional and psychological disorders, unwanted habits and undesirable feelings, using psychological techniques alone. The aim of all such therapy is to assist people in finding meaningful alternatives to their present unsatisfactory ways of thinking, feeling or behaving. Therapy also tends to help people become more accepting both of themselves and others and can be most useful in promoting personal development and unlocking inner potential.
There are many forms of psychological therapy but hypnotherapy is distinctive in that it attempts to address the client's subconscious mind. In practice, the Hypnotherapist often (but not exclusively) requires the client to be in a relaxed state, frequently enlists the power of the clients own imagination and may utilise a wide range of techniques from story telling or metaphor (judged to be meaningful to the client) to the use of direct suggestions for beneficial change.
The most important thing is that a client really "wants" a beneficial change for themselves and that they feel comfortable and at ease with their therapist.
WHAT IS HYPNOSIS
WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY
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