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What are the differences between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

While hypnosis and hypnotherapy are in the same “family,” they are very different from each other.

The core difference is that hypnotherapy is an internationally-recognized therapy technique for treating mental and psychosomatic issues. It uses hypnosis to break through to the subconscious to better understand the foundation of the issues a client is facing.

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the practice of psychotherapy with a client who is in the hypnotic altered state of consciousness.

Hypnotherapy is a powerful way to access the source of distress, like depression and anxiety, and for people to reconnect with dissociated emotions and disowned parts of themselves. Hypnotherapy helps therapists and clients get closer to the source of a client’s issues by opening the doorway to their subconscious mind.

How is hypnotherapy different from traditional methods?

The core difference between hypnotherapy and other methods is depth and speed.

Using hypnotherapy techniques like relaxation, guided imagery, and the trance state, therapists are able to access the subconscious more quickly than traditional methods.

Traditional methods may take weeks, months, or years to uncover the subconscious reasons behind issues that are manifesting in clients.

With hypnotherapy, these reasons can be found in as little as one session.  

Does a hypnotized person lose control?

No.  Hypnosis is nothing but a state of relaxed deep focus.

A hypnotized person always has control and can always hear what's going on.

It is a natural state that you enter at least twice a day (while waking up and while falling asleep!) and probably much more often than that.

While undergoing hypnotherapy, clients have the ability to communicate with their therapist and express any requests they may have. Experienced hypnotherapists are constantly verifying the comfort level of those in the trance.

Why does hypnotherapy work so well?

The subconscious mind is where we store everything that has ever happened in our lives.

Therefore, it is much more efficient to do therapy while in the subconscious state, using hypnotherapy to access these moments in our lives that have impacted us. This results in greater awareness around one’s issues. With this awareness comes the ability to recognize the cause of behaviours that one desires to change.

What can be treated with hypnotherapy?

The exciting thing about hypnotherapy is that it has and can be used to treat a wide variety of human illnesses, diseases, addictions, diagnoses, and complaints. We can think of more than 50 issues off the top of our heads, ranging from depression and PTSD to migraines and smoking. Here is a brief list:  


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I suffered from overthinking anything and everything.  Hypnotherapy opened the doors to my childhood where I was able to heal so many wounds.  My life is forever changed!

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I was sexually abused at a young age.  Since then, I turned to people-pleasing and living my life in the shadows.  Now, I have the confidence to stand up for myself, I have learned how to set healthy boundaries, and I'm learning to live a life I never dreamed of. Thank you Jess... You helped change my life!

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