Hypnotherapy, hypnosis and trance; what is the difference?
Most people would visit a hypnotherapist to give up smoking, because of a phobia, or to lose weight. Most hypnotherapy clients expect to go into trance.
To most beginners about to embark upon hypnotherapy, trance is often described as a state of being unconscious. In this unconscious state, control is then handed over to someone trusted to effect a change into a different, better person.
To others, hypnotherapy worked for their friend and so has come highly recommended. How it works does not matter.
It surprises most people that trance is a state of remaining conscious and in control. After all, how can someone do self-hypnosis if they become unconscious and therefore unable to wake themselves from trance? Interestingly, trance is somewhere between awake and asleep. How close to awake or asleep depends upon the circumstances, which are usually controlled by the therapist. Trance is perfectly natural. We experience it every time we daydream.
Most people would distinguish hypnosis from hypnotherapy by the therapeutic element. Having said that, many therapists call themselves hypnotist or hypnotherapists depending upon the normal nomenclature in their country or area. Of course, nobody would call an entertainment stage hypnotist a hypnotherapist. There, the difference is clear.
Your hypnotherapist may use many therapeutic techniques, using NLP, EFT, Ericksonian therapy, TFT, and other tried and tested techniques. This may be before, during, after, or instead of trance, depending on what is right for you. Regardless of method, what every hypnotherapist can do is help you achieve a solution more quickly than more conventional methods, and as comfortably as possible.
? Suzanne Zacharia 2007. My name is Suzanne Zacharia and I am committed to spreading the word about health options. I believe that the more and better options one has, the more choice there is.
A virus caught along with 5 other students at university at the end of 1986, plus medical negligence, meant that I got smokers lung at a relatively young age. In desperation for help with my symptoms and quality of life, I turned to complementary therapy, and this is the 12th year I have outlived one doctor’s prognosis.
I am now a complementary therapist, author and trainer specializing in “energy psychology”. Want to use this article? You can, as long as you credit me with it and invite your readers to get my FREE book “7 Real Truths of Energy Psychology” at http://www.newagetherapies.com