Hypnotherapy is an often misunderstood procedure, but it is one that can achieve great things when performed by a professional. Hypnotherapy is classed as a member of the psychotherapy group of treatments. It delves into the patient’s subconscious and allows changes to be made in behaviors. Many have seen the fun form of hypnotherapy performed on stage where volunteers are hypnotized and then asked to act like chickens or other barnyard animals. The serious side of hypnotherapy is that it is an excellent tool for helping people to deal with behavioral difficulties. Take a smoker for example. A series of hypnotherapy sessions can help a smoker to not use cigarettes as an emotional crutch any longer. The brain is programmed to believe that the body does not need cigarettes to cope and that the smoker can do just fine without them. This gives the smoker the confidence to believe that they can quit and many are successful on their attempts using this. Hypnotherapy can also be used to help those with anxiety disorders, phobias, and even weight loss. Any type of worry or stress that a person is exposed to can be helped with a session of hypnotherapy. It is certainly worth investigating when you are seeking an alternative to medicated treatments.
Matthew Cahill is the author of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy: A Practitioner's Guide. He is the founder of The Observatory Practice which is a full time busy practice. In 2006 he was Awarded “Outstanding Contribution to the Hypnotherapy Profession”. He is also Chair for the United Kingdom Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations (UKCHO) which is the government advisory board for hypnotherapy organisations.