• Rewriting the subconscious blueprint.

    If you don’t work with your subconscious, it works against you!

    We at inHarmony believe that unlocking the powers of the subconscious mind can help people overcome many of the obstacles that hinder their lives. Through hypnotherapy sessions, a professional hypnotherapist seeks to relieve a wide range of conditions, helping clients lose weight, quit smoking, and overcome phobias.

    What is clinical hypnotherapy?

    Hypnotherapy is a scientifically proved technique that uses the hypnotic state, which enables changes in perception and memory, a major increase in response to suggestion, and the potential for controlling many physiologic functions that are usually involuntary. Hypnotherapy uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance. The person’s attention is so focused while in this state that anything going on around the person is temporarily blocked out or ignored. In this naturally occurring state, a person may focus his or her attention—with the help of a trained therapist—on specific thoughts or tasks.

    How does hypnotherapy work?

    Hypnotherapy is usually considered an aid to psychotherapy (counseling). It helps with psychotherapy because the hypnotic state allows people to explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories they might have hidden from their conscious minds. Hypnosis enables people to perceive some things differently, such as blocking an awareness of pain.

    Hypnotherapy can be used in two ways:

    • Suggestion therapy — The hypnotic state makes the person better able to respond to suggestions. Hypnotherapy can help some people change certain behaviors, such as to stop smoking or stop nail-biting. It can also help people change perceptions and sensations, and is particularly useful in treating pain.
    • Analysis — This approach uses the relaxed state to find the root cause of a disorder or symptom, such as a traumatic past event that a person has hidden in his or her unconscious memory. Once the trauma is revealed, it can be addressed in psychotherapy.

    What are the drawbacks of hypnotherapy?

    Hypnotherapy might not be appropriate for a person who has psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations and delusions, or for someone who is using drugs or alcohol. It should be used for pain control only after a doctor has evaluated the person for any physical disorder that might require medical or surgical treatment.

    Some therapists use hypnotherapy to recover repressed memories they believe are linked to the person’s mental disorder. However, hypnosis also poses a risk of creating false memories—usually as a result of unintended suggestions by the therapist. For this reason, the use of hypnosis for certain mental disorders, such as dissociative disorders, remains controversial.

    Is hypnotherapy dangerous?

    Hypnotherapy is not a dangerous procedure. It is not mind control or brainwashing. A therapist cannot make a person do something embarrassing or something the person doesn’t want to do.

    Who performs hypnotherapy?

    Hypnotherapy is performed by a certified hypnotherapist who is specially trained in this technique.

    (This information is property of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.)