Hypnotherapy and psychotherapy are different in several ways.
First, in psychotherapy there must be a diagnosis based on emotional issues. Once
you name the issue and the client identifies with it, they take ownership of it.
If you believe something, it usually comes to pass.
In most cases, this does not help the client but rather causes them to become stuck.
In hypnotherapy there is no diagnosis. Instead, the client has something they want
to work on, work out, or work through. Depression becomes “sadness due to a
death in the family, which is normal” or “you are worried (or upset and sad) and
feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all.” With this point of you there are possibilities for
the client, a way out of sadness or upset.
Hypnosis usually lasts for a few sessions or a few months, depending on the issue
and the client’s needs. Short-term work is what is offered unless additional time for
other issues is requested and believed to be required.
Hypnotherapy deals with the subconscious. It is not concerned with the whys so
much as with the client’s perceptions and unconscious beliefs.
Hypnotherapy allows the conscious monkey mind to rest, permitting the client to
focus on the issue itself.
In many forms of hypnosis, once the client is able to concentrate on an issue the
subconscious goes to work looking at the information without emotion or prejudice.
The subconscious can then work through the problems on its own, allowing the
client to move past and let go of any negative emotion attached to the issue.
The hypnotherapist will help the client to reframe issues and/or use powerful
metaphors that allow the client’s subconscious beliefs to shift. It is our
subconscious beliefs that are running 95% of our perceptions, thoughts, and
behaviors, not our conscious mind. Thus, if we can change a negative belief to a
positive one, we will be happier, more confident, productive and peaceful.
In hypnosis a client can visualize being a more powerful, confident person and
actually experience these positive feelings and emotions as truth. While in a trance,
the client can experience rich feelings such as happiness, security, power, peace, and
calm—feelings which may have eluded them for days, months, or even years.
Even in a light trance, the client can create new positive emotions and experiences
that the subconscious will store for future use.
In summary, both psychotherapy and hypnotherapy are efficient ways of problem
solving. Hypnotherapy, however, tends to be quicker, and easier because it deals
with the subconscious information that is truly at the root of the client’s difficulties.