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.