A hypnotherapist, existing within the realm of psychotherapy, guides their client into a hypnotic, somewhat altered state of consciousness. They hope to find the source of a client’s behaviors or thoughts rather than treating surface-level symptoms and actions. Hypnotherapy offers many healing options and might be able to break the bad habits that you have yet to kick. We all have the habitual behaviors that perhaps served us at one time but have since run their course and now linger without benefit. Perhaps, this shows up as a thought pattern connecting negatively to self-esteem and well-being. Or, you cannot quite kick that smoking habit despite realizing its negative impact on your health. Going ‘cold turkey’ does not always work, but hypnotherapy might boost your chances of cutting off bad habits quicker than ever before. Hypnotherapy offers a thoughtful way to reframe your mindset and rethink your thoughts surrounding your habits. If you find yourself feeling calm and blissful during one particular bad habit, your hypnotherapist can shift your thoughts. Next time you practice that behavior, it will begin to feel disgusting and unnecessary.
Benefits of Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy has been beneficial in breaking the following habits and addictive behaviors:
- Eating unhealthy foods
- Daytime drowsiness
- Sex addiction
When working through behavioral changes, many obstacles can pop up along the way. The longer the habit has existed, the more ingrained it likely will be in your mind. Behavioral shifts take time, and through the reframing of hypnosis, you can cut that time down a significant amount.
What Happens During Hypnosis?
A hypnotherapist gently guides a patient into a trance-like state that allows for the mind to be more receptive than it would be in a fully awakened and conscious state. You are not fully asleep, though you might feel as if you are drifting away similarly. While resting in this state for a session, the hypnotherapist will make suggestions to their patients. With the knowledge of their patient’s habits and behaviors, thought patterns, and rituals surrounding that habit, the hypnotherapist can cultivate a ‘script’ of sorts unique to the individual. For instance, if a hypnotherapist knows a patient is hoping to quit smoking, they will use their knowledge of the patient’s favorite times to smoke, sensations, and emotions surrounding their smoking, and more to suggest different ideas that will make smoking less appealing. Some smokers might believe that smoking is the only way to reduce their stress, so the hypnotherapist would then rip that idea apart. By building up an aversion to a once desirable habit, you will no longer see the good that you once relied upon. Desirability takes time to breakdown, especially if someone has exhibited habitual behaviors for years, so switching gears over to an aversive mindset can offer nearly immediate benefits. Deep-rooted beliefs can be difficult to uproot and replace. Your hypnotherapist can do the heavy lifting by looking at the root of your habit and shifting your perspective from there. Not only can your hypnotherapist change your perspective around a bad habit, but they can lead you to form healthier rhythms. They can lay down a foundation that you will then naturally build on as you develop new habits. A seed of sorts can plant down in your mind, and you will find your way to grow it until it blossoms fully. A hypnotherapy session can enlighten you in many ways beyond your known habits. You might come to see parts of yourselves that were once tucked away and forgotten. With the guidance of a gentle and properly trained hypnotherapist, you can begin to know yourself and change in ways you could never have imagined. Embrace the unknown, and you might step into a healing space that allows for incredible ease through transformative leaps.