Therapy Guide: What Is Hypnotherapy And How It Works

Last Update on January 27, 2021 : Published on October 23, 2020
Hypnotherapy Guide

Hypnotherapy is basically guided hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is a type of psychotherapy which helps in relaxing, concentrating, focusing for achieving mindfulness or consciousness. In an alternative language, it places the mind on a trance for awareness. Hypnotherapy is also considered as an alternative medicine with the aim of helping a variety of issues for example phobias, destructive, unhealthy psychological distress, dangerous habits, or substance use. The basic purpose of hypnotherapy is creating an optimistic change and maintaining activities of the conscious mind. This blog covers what is hypnotherapy and how hypnotherapy works. So, let’s get started.

Hypnosis is basically derived from Greek word “hypnos” which means sleep.

How Does Hypnotherapy Work?

Working of Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis therapy is a form of psychotherapy that works on gaining consciousness. Hypnosis therapy is also used to relax someone who is experiencing constant anxiety or stress. Hypnotherapy can only be performed by a trained specialist of hypnosis who knows how to maintain a trance or hypnotic state so that he\she can relieve them from trauma, pain, and repressed memories that are hidden in their conscious mind.

The changes observed by hypnotherapy help patients to look upon real-life feelings, events, or situations. For example, hypnotherapy helps people overcome relationship issues, work conflicts, chronic pain, or stage fright. Hypnotic therapy makes an individual follow the guidance and suggestions of the psychologist or hypnotherapist so that he\she can bring out the positive changes in life.

Uses of Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy can be used to treat conditions like:

**For hallucinations and delusions, please seek the help of a qualified psychotherapist.

Common Methods used in Hypnotherapy

Common Methods used in Hypnotherapy

The two common methods used in hypnotherapy are analysis and suggestion therapy

Suggestion Therapy

Suggestion therapy is a part of hypnotherapy that works on the capability of an individual to respond to suggestions and guidance provided by the psychologist while maintaining the trance state. It is basically used for controlling unhealthy behaviors such as eating disorders, substance use, or nail-biting.

It is also used for chronic pain as the guidance of a psychologist encourages individuals to adapt healthy and positive behaviors that improve mental and physical health. Suggestion therapy also uncovers the actual problems of the symptoms. It reveals the hidden or repressed memories and helps the individual towards better positive living.


The analysis is basically used to know the root cause or digging deep into the mind to retrieve information from repressed memories or traumas causing psychological distress, problematic behaviors, and mental health conditions. The analysis is also known as “regression therapy” which means exploring the trust. The basic aim of the analysis is only to determine the exact issue or root cause behind the distress. The psychologist hypnotizes the individuals and explores the past by maintaining a relaxing state. It helps individuals to move on from the past and traumas.

Looking for a Hypnotherapist

If you think you or your closed ones are facing issues with the past or related traumas, you should consult with your therapist or mental health provider. The studies and researches are still going around the efficiency and benefits of hypnotherapy. However, psychologists have also started using this therapy for introducing positive habits into client’s lives nowadays. Hypnotherapy is considered to be a highly regulated and legitimate type of psychotherapy that can be useful for introducing coping strategies. Hypnotherapy can also be used for ADHD, anxiety, PTSD, depression, stress, and phobias.

I hope this blog helps you to learn about hypnotherapy. For more such content, follow Calm Sage on all social media platforms.

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About The Author

Aayushi Kapoor
Aayushi Kapoor

Aayushi is a Content Creator at Calm Sage. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Food Technology and a Master's Degree in Clinical Nutrition. Her constant interest in the improvement of mental health, nutrition, and overall wellness embarked upon her career as a “full-time educational writer.” She likes to make an asynchronous connection with her readers. Her mantra for living life is "What you seek is seeking you".


  1. Kallie

    hypnosis is effective in helping people cope with pain, stress, and anxiety,

  2. CHTN

    Another effective therapy which can help you get relaxed & feel light, thank you team

  3. Jackie

    Hypnotherapy sounds scary but effective. Thanks for this

  4. James

    Hypnosis sounds scary but it helps in dealing with mental trauma especially the ones that we might have subsided

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