What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis can help you feel more alert, relaxed, comfortable, or peaceful.
Hypnosis involves learning how to use your mind and thoughts to manage emotional distress (like anxiety, stress, or depression), unpleasant physical symptoms (like pain or nausea), or to help you change habits or behaviours (like smoking or overeating).
It typically involves two phases: induction and application.
During induction, you may be asked to picture a relaxing scene, and will be supported in becoming more relaxed and more focused on your personal goals for the hypnosis session.
During the application phase, you will be offered suggestions targeted to treat your specific symptoms or difficulties. For example, if you are experiencing anxiety, it may be suggested that you will be calmer and less bothered by anxious feelings both during and following hypnosis. If you are experiencing pain, you might hear suggestions that you will feel less pain or that you may be better able to manage the pain following hypnosis.
Hypnosis is not a type of psychotherapy.
It is a specific, clinical technique that can be used — and a skill that can be taught to you to use — in the context of other therapies.
Most people describe hypnosis as a pleasant experience during which they feel focused and absorbed in the hypnotic experience. However, while you may feel very relaxed, you are in control at all times during hypnosis, and an active participant in your session.
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