Dr. Sanjay Shetye

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology,
Clinical Psychotherapist,
Certified Sex Therapist - USA



Cure Centre



Definition of Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a mindbased treatment that uses hypnotic states to access your subconscious and generate change both in the psyche as well as the physical.

Contents of this article:

  1. A New Definition of Hypnotherapy.
  2. How does Hypnotherapy Dialogue with the Subconscious Mind?
  3. Advantages of Hypnotherapy
  4. Disadvantages of Hypnotherapy

A New Definition of Hypnotherapy

The definition of hypnotherapy has evolved. As with many therapies, modern hypnotherapy has becoming a client-centered therapy in which you are guided by the hypnotherapist to dialogue with your subconscious mind - also known as the body-mind - in order to gain an understanding and resolution of your issues, symptoms, and reactive emotions.

How does Hypnotherapy Dialogue with the Subconscious Mind?

Every night when you go to sleep and begin dreaming, you are -in effect- having direct dialogue with your subconscious mind. Most of the time, however, you might not remember all your dreams and, the ones you do, are extremely unclear, fragmented, and confusing.

In hypnotherapy, a similar dream like state is achieved - a sort of waking dream - for the issue you want to work on. The hypnotherapist guides you in dialoguing with all the elements of the dream until you understand the underlying messages, memories, and meaning the subconscious is communicating through the imagery and experiences of the dream.

The different techniques used in modern hypnotherapy to dialogue with the subconscious mind are the following:

  • Suggestion and visual imagery: Traditional directive hypnosis focuses on these techniques.
  • Regression Therapy: To return to the original cause.
  • Medical Hypnotherapy.
  • Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) for Health
  • Voice Dialogue and Gestalt Therapy.
  • Transformative Medicine: Considers disease as symbol pointing the way to wholeness

Advantages of Hypnotherapy

  • Hypnosis activates a deep relaxation response in your body that reduces sympathetic nervous system activity, decreases blood pressure, slows heart rate, and accelerates healing.

  • Hypnotherapy puts you back in control of your life, your body, your relationships and your surroundings. You realize what an empowered part you play in how your life unfolds.

  • All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You are in control of your hypnotic state in each moment. You can choose to explore your subconscious and the images, sensations, and memories there or you can choose to open your eyes and return to the room at any time.

  • Another advantage of hypnotherapy is a phenomenal self-management skills and a method of self-care. You learn techniques, resources and ideas that tend to become lifetime tools.

  • Hypnotherapy changes your stress response and reactivity to events. As you change how you respond to life, your health can increases, your muscles relax and your immune system turns off its flight or fight mode and returns to restore and heal mode.

  • You skip trying to make changes by sheer 'will power' and directly influence your subconscious's core beliefs and behaviors.

  • Hypnosis is a natural healing remedy and had no adverse side-effects or interactions. You empower the bodies own innate capabilities without complicating the profile or adding more toxicities.

  • Hypnotherapy is cost effective, usually requiring 4 to 6 sessions, and its effects may last for the rest of your life. Research is demonstrating its effectiveness both as a adjunct to standard treatment and as an alternative.

Disadvantages of Hypnotherapy

  • Hypnosis will not work if you are not wanting it, willing, and focused on healing. The hypnotherapist can only guide you. You are responsible for participating fully, dedicating the time and space needed, and practicing self-hypnosis.

  • Another disadvantage of hypnotherapy is that it is not a quick fix. Though there are many recorded cases in which only one session eliminated a life long allergy or released chronic neck pain, in most cases 4 to 6 sessions along with learning self-hypnosis is needed for the full effects of hypnotherapy to create permanent healing. In the case of chronic disease, there may be from 12 to 24 sessions required for lasting change. An example of number and types of sessions required for a chronic disease such as multiple sclerosis can be found here.

  • What is said in any hypnogogic state, if accepted willingly by your subconscious, can take a major effect on your life. How dramatically could your life change if you no longer felt unworthy or were no longer driven to seek others approval all the time?