Hypnotherapy is the name given
to therapeutic interventions involving an induced
state of trance or Hypnosis.
In order to protect itself from outside interference,
the mind develops a series of 'guards' around
itself. When a person is in a state of Hypnosis
(trance) these barriers weaken. This allows the
Hypnotherapist to make suggestions that allow
the client to change in a variety of constructive
and beneficial ways. Hypnosis is the process that
is used to get beyond these guards in order to
make the necessary changes in values, attitudes
There are many and varied definitions of Hypnosis
and the trance state, hut basically it is a mental
state that is different to the one normally experienced.
It is a state where attention is turned inwards
and in which conscious awareness of the "real"
world changes. It is in this state, with the conscious
awareness distracted, that the deeper levels of
the mind can he accessed and motivated to change
in a way that is perfectly natural to the subject.
Hypnosis is a natural phenomenon, and as such
the experience is familiar to most people. (Even
if it does not exactly match their preconceptions
of hypnosis). Everyone does in fact go into a
natural trance state several times a day. It is
the mind's way of taking time out to process experience
Many people ask "What does it feel like".
Well, you can ask twenty good hypnotic subjects
what they experience in trance and you will probably
get eighteen different answers! Each person has
to experience it for him/herself. It can generally
be experienced as being rather like day dreaming.
Awake but not awake. Aware but not aware.
A skilled Hypnotherapist tailors the induction process to suit the individual client's needs and beliefs. It might be a lengthy process utilising the client's imagination, a direct or authoritarian approach that demands compliance with the Hypnotherapist's wishes or more likely a gentle permissive set of requests that match the client's expectations. Sometimes no actual words are used and sometimes touching the client's body non invasively. In the latter case the Hypnotherapist will explain the need to touch and ask permission for so doing.
All in all it is usually a very enjoyable experience with no side effects other than the resolution of undesirable personal issues.
1.Does the Hypnotherapist
control the subject totally?
2.Is Hypnosis dangerous?
3.Can everyone be Hypnotised?
4.What is Hypnotherapy used for?
Does the Hypnotherapist control
the subject totally?
In as much as the subject allows him/herself to
go into a trance, the Hypnotist does guide the
subject's thoughts and actions, but even then,
only as much as the subject is prepared to allow
it to happen.
No. If used ethically and expertly, it is completely
In Queensland, the Health Rights Commission, which
is the Government body charged with handling all
complaints against Health Care Practitioners,
including Hypnotherapists, reports that since
its inception in 1992 there have been no substantiated
complaints involving the use of hypnotherapy as
provided by Complementary Health Care Practitioners.
However, to ensure the continuing professional
use of Hypnotherapy we recommend that people seeking
help should only consult properly trained Practitioners,
and ones who belongs to a recognised Professional
Association such as AAPHAN.
Intending Practitioners should study with trainers
who are also dedicated and recognised practitioners
with years of practical experience behind them.
AAPHAN provides a list of Registered Training
Schools that it recognises as providing appropriate
We also recommend that you belong to an organisation
such as AAPHAN, where you can rely on continuing
support and help.
everyone be Hypnotised?
Yes, but it takes longer to induce trance in some
people, and some people go into trance deeper
is Hypnotherapy used for? To:
change unacceptable habits
improve personal performance
lead a healthier life
train the client in relaxation techniques
remove fears anxieties and phobias
reduce stress etc
In everyday life people can only gain true experience
by doing things, and then retaining memories of
the actual experience of 'doing'. Thus we learn
We recall the original event by remembering how
we experienced it with our senses. The Hypnotherapist
is an expert in communication at all levels, who
uses his/her skills to help the client recall
or create a specific sensory experience and use
it to maximum advantage.
The process requires active participation by the
client. The past cannot he changed, but the way
people react and respond to memories of it can
be. Thus the influence of the past can be reshaped
or changed, and the future made more desirable