Last updated: 16 December 2015
You’re not perfect.
Nobody is, right?
There are things you know you could change.
Small tweaks that might make your life more satisfying.
More rewarding and fulfilling.
Like getting rid of a bad habit.
Or overcoming a long-standing phobia.
Or maybe finding the willpower to stick to your diet.
Everyone has something they’d like to change or improve, but how do you do it?
How can you break what might be the habit of a lifetime?
Or find the strength to resist temptation?
And more importantly, how can you make sure your new regime sticks?
If you’ve ever tried to do it on your own, you’ll know it’s no easy feat.
But as difficult as it is, it’s not impossible.
Especially if you get the right kind of help.
What Is Hypnotherapy?
Look at the word “hypnotherapy” and you’ll see it’s actually a combination of two words.
Hypnosis – and therapy.
It’s a complementary therapy that exploits the power of hypnosis.
To instill positive suggestions into your unconscious mind.
With the right suggestions, it’s possible to alter:
- The way you think
- The way you feel
- The way you behave
And that’s why hypnotherapy is such a potent tool for change.
Because if you can change your thoughts, your feelings, and your behaviors – you can move mountains.
You can overcome any obstacles.
You can tackle things that once seemed impossible.
Plus, when used by a certified professional, hypnotherapy can help with every one of the following:
- Anger management
- Eating disorders
- Confidence building
- Self-esteem boosting
- Anxiety relief
- Exam nerves
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Fears and phobias
- Pain management
- Sexual issues
- Sleep disorders
- Stress reduction
- Weight loss
That’s some list, isn’t it?
So the question is, how can it be so effective? How can it deal with ALL of those things?
The answer is simple.
Hypnotherapy gets to the bottom of whatever the issue is. It bypasses your critical conscious mind and connects with your unconscious. It changes your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors from the inside out.
It tackles the root of the problem – not just the symptoms – and deals with it.
And it does that better than almost any other form of therapy.
Hypnotherapy Comes Out On Top
Dr. Alfred A. Barrios conducted a survey of psychotherapy literature. He discovered that:
- 93% of clients recover after 6 sessions of hypnotherapy
- 72% of clients recover after 22 sessions of behavioral therapy
- 38% of clients recover after 600 sessions of psychoanalysis
Amazing. Not only does hypnotherapy work faster – 6 sessions compared to 22 or more – but it works for a larger percentage of people.
Four times faster than behavioral therapy. And a whopping 100 times faster than psychoanalysis.
That might explain why the practice has been certified worldwide as an alternative way to manage so many conditions:
- In 1996, the Australian Hypnotherapists’ Association introduced a peer-group accreditation system for professional Australian hypnotherapists.
- In the UK, the Department for Education and Skills developed National Occupational Standards for hypnotherapy in 2002.
- In the USA, hypnotherapy regulation and certification is carried out by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners (A.C.H.E.). The first state-licensed hypnotherapy center was the Hypnotism Training Institute of Los Angeles, licensed way back in 1976.
So hypnotherapy is not just useful. It’s recognized.
It’s a bona fide method for tackling issues in many areas of your life, including:
- Mental and emotional health
- Physical well-being
- Spiritual development
- Business concerns
- Goal achievement
And lots more besides.
But wait. Aren’t there other ways to deal with this stuff?
What about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Surely people who provide these services need to be qualified and certified too.
So why aren’t they as effective as hypnotherapy?
To find out, you need to look at how the other three work.
Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychoanalysis & NLP
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (or CBT) is used to change the way you think and behave.
To help you tackle problems in a more positive light.
It’s commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, giving you practical ways to deal with life on a daily basis.
The idea is to break down larger issues into smaller parts so they’re easier to cope with.
So you can manage them one at a time and gradually improve the way you feel.
It doesn’t remove the problems, but it gives you valid coping mechanisms so you can learn to manage them more easily.
Psychoanalysis is also widely used to treat anxiety and depression, but with a different approach.
Founded by Sigmund Freud, the idea behind psychoanalysis is to uncover repressed emotions and experiences.
So while CBT deals with problems in the present, the here and now, psychoanalysis delves into your past.
And in many cases, your childhood.
Trying to find the reasons why you feel anxious or depressed.
Letting those repressed emotions come to the surface so you can confront them and put them to rest.
Once and for all.
NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Neuro refers to your nervous system, the link between your brain and body.
Linguistic refers to the language you use.
Programming refers to learned behaviors and the way you respond to stimuli.
So NLP aims to change your behavior (your programming) by altering the way your brain responds to what’s going on around you.
It uses techniques like anchors and disassociation to achieve this.
The method is particularly useful for breaking habits and overcoming fears.
All good stuff.
What’s interesting though, is this.
NLP often combines its techniques with hypnosis and self-hypnosis.
CBT has been proven more effective when used in conjunction with hypnotherapy.
Even psychoanalysis works better when you’re under hypnosis, because you’re more in touch with your unconscious mind.
The place where all those memories and conflicts are stored.
And it seems that no matter which therapy is employed, the upshot’s the same.
Add a bit of hypnotherapy, and your chances of success increase.
Why Choose Hypnotherapy?
Let’s face it. When it comes to therapy, there are lots of choices.
Hypnotherapy is just one of the options.
Just one of the ways to make changes in your life.
So why should you pick that one above any other?
There are at least three very good reasons:
- It’s faster than other forms of therapy
- It addresses more issues than other forms of therapy
- It gets right to the heart of the problem and deals with it directly
During a hypnotherapy session, the therapist will start by talking to you.
Finding out what the problem is.
Learning about you and your lifestyle.
This helps them decide the best way to overcome whatever issue you’re having.
Once they know that, they’ll move on to hypnosis.
A mild trance where your critical conscious mind can just switch off.
A state of awareness where you can access your unconscious and make deep-seated and lasting changes.
When you can do that, the possibilities are endless.
- Find solutions to long-standing problems
- Wipe away old limiting beliefs
- Turn negative thoughts into positive ones
- Develop new and healthier habits
- Set realistic and achievable goals
- Take active control of your health, your career, your relationships, and your life in general
And like the other therapies mentioned above, it works for anxiety and depression too.
In fact, if you can think of a problem or an issue, hypnotherapy can probably help.
Make better decisions. Get increased concentration. Unleash your imagination.
Feel more relaxed, and more at peace with yourself.
Wipe away stress. Feel healthier in mind and body.
Boost your self-belief.
Sleep better and function at your peak more often.
Find the stability that will allow you to truly live your life, rather than just going through the motions.
Because even though nobody’s perfect, there’s nothing wrong with striving for perfection.
One small change at a time.