Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep. It does, however, involve the induction of a trance-like condition, but unlike what the movies or pop culture depicts, the client is actually fully aware. In this sharpened level of awareness that hypnosis brings about, the conscious mind is suppressed and the subconscious mind emerges. Once the client’s subconscious mind is accessible through hypnotherapy, the therapist is able to suggest ideas, concepts and lifestyle adaptations to the client, which causes new and more beneficial thoughts, feelings and behaviors to blossom. Hypnotherapy’s aim is to reprogram non-beneficial patterns of behavior within the mind, and to help the client release anxieties, fears, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions.

How Does Hypnotherapy Work?

Hypnosis works by altering a client’s state of consciousness by turning off the analytical left side of the brain, and making the non-analytical right side, more alert. This causes the conscious control of the mind to be inhibited, and the subconscious mind to surface. Since the subconscious mind is a more deep seated instinctive force than the subconscious mind, it is the part that must be reprogrammed. 

As the client’s mind is released from conscious control during the relaxed trance-like state of hypnosis that the therapist induces, breathing becomes slower and deeper, the pulse rate drops and the metabolic rate falls. Similar changes along the nervous pathways of the body enable the sensation of pain to become less acute and other unpleasant symptoms to decrease as well. The subconscious is where true change and transformation of problematic behaviors, thoughts and feelings takes place.

Myths About Hypnotherapy

There are many misconceptions about hypnotherapy that should be dispelled before a client undergoes treatment. Here are a few clarifications:


Other frequently asked questions

check Are you motivated to make changes in your life?
check Do you want hypnotherapy to work?
check Are you open to building rapport with the therapist?
check Are you willing to commit to at least 3-5 hypnotherapy sessions to see results?


If you answer “Yes” to all 4 questions, hypnotherapy will indeed work.

Hypnotherapy can treat hundreds of issues such as pain, addictions, phobias, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive behaviors, depression, stress, anger, bedwetting, asthma, smoking cessation, nail-biting, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis, eczema, trauma, PTSD, ADHD and other health/mental problems.

Issues treated by hypnotherapy at Mindbodyology:

check Anxiety
check Depression
check Stress
check Anger
check Pain
check Low Self Esteem
check Overeating – Food Cravings
check Obesity

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