Hypnotherapy uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve an altered heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance. Hypnosis is usually considered an aid to psychotherapy and counselling, hypnosis enables people to perceive some things differently, such as blocking an awareness of pain.
The subconscious mind is a powerful tool storing all the thoughts memories and information your conscious mind gives it. Your subconscious is capable of performing multi-tasking looking after many of the functions of our body without the attention of our conscious mind. Our memories and beliefs are stored within the subconscious and also some of our self-limiting beliefs and phobias. These beliefs are often the ones that can sabotage our best intentions. Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to gain access to the subconscious mind in order to eliminate self-limiting beliefs and to find solutions to issues that the conscious mind has been unable to deal with. Hypnosis can also instill positive suggestions that can help you reframe in a more positive light on how you look and feel about things.
Hypnosis can help with goal setting, goals such as weight loss, giving up smoking, public speaking, building self-esteem, anger management, panic attacks, sleep disruption, lack of confidence, exercise motivation, goal setting and motivation, being happier and much more.
Studies of hypnosis as a treatment for weight-loss and obesity have proven hypnosis to be effective particularly in conjunction with CBT therapy.
In a trial with 156 participants, results from participants who received 9 weekly individual hypnosis sessions plus behaviour-modification treatments were compared with results from those who received behaviour-modification treatment alone (Bolocofsky, DN, Spinler, D, and Coulthard-Morris, L. 1998) On average, the hypnosis group had lost 7 kg of weight more than the control group at the 2-year follow-up. A meta-analysis of trials in the 1980s showed significantly greater weight loss for those treated with hypnosis and behaviour therapy compared with those who received behaviour therapy alone, and this effect persisted or increased with time(Kirsch, I, Montgomery, G, and Sapirstein, G, 1995, 1996).
In another trial, 60 obese patients with sleep apnoea were assigned randomly to treatment with diet alone or diet and hypnosis (Stradling, J, Roberts, D, Wilson, A, and Lovelock, F.1998) Patients assigned to hypnosis achieved significant weight loss at 18 months. Rather than a sole treatment for obesity, hypnosis can be more helpful as a part of a program that includes arousing motivation, counselling, and peer support.