Entry 6 – What is Hypnosis?

What is it?

Hypnosis allows you to use your mind to control various maladaptive emotions and physiological symptoms or to address certain behaviors (American Psychological Association, 2014). Hypnosis allows a person to drift into a trance, and people go through those periods of time in their daily lives as evidenced through thinking while driving, unawareness of passage of time, and in daydream and fantasy (William Patterson University, 2014).

Role in Therapy

According to Australian Hypnotherapists Association (2012), hypnotherapy is not a therapy but rather a complimentary approach to dealing with various physiological, psychological, and behavioral issues.

Hypnosis is not…

Hypnosis not about sleeping or losing control with reality (Dufour, 2010).

What to expect?

According to the American Psychological Association (2014), hypnosis has two phases:

  • Induction – this phase involves relaxation, imagination, fixation, and concentration
  • Application – this phase involves suggestion that relate to the issue that the individual wants to address during the session

Why is it used?

According to the American Psychological Association (2014), William Patterson University (2014), and Twylight Hypnotherapy (2003), hypnosis is used to address the following conditions:

  • pain
  • nausea and vomiting
  • anxiety-related issues
  • phobias
  • depression
  • stress
  • maladaptive habits
  • asthma
  • gastrointestinal issues
  • hemophilia
  • skin conditions
  • childbirth
  • weight issues
  • smoking cessation
  • trauma
  • drug abuse
  • procrastination
  • shyness
  • relationships
  • sexual issues
  • cancer

Important Note

Everyone can be hypnotized, and all you need to is to be able to follow simple directions (Twylight Hypnotherapy (2003). Although everyone can experience hypnosis, it is not for everyone. If you have questions or concerns or are wondering if hypnosis is for you, be sure to address these issues with our qualified counselors, nurses, or physicians.


American Psychological Association (2014). What it is and how it can help you feel better. Retrieved from December 6, 2014 from http://www.apa.org/divisions/div30/forms/hypnosis_brochure.pdf

Australian Hypnotherapists Association (2012). What is hypnosis. Retrieved December 6, 2014 from http://ahahypnotherapy.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/2010-aha-brochure-v1-3.pdf

Dufour, P. R. (2010). Hypnotherapy. Heresco Chiropractic and Associates. Retrieved December 6, 2014 from http://www.heresco.com/clients/2489/documents/Hypnotherapy_Brochure.pdf

Twylight Hypnotherapy (2003). Learn how hypnosis and hypnotherapy can help you succeed. Retrieved December 6, 2014 from http://twylighthypnotherapy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Brochure-Hypnosis-and-Hypnotherapy.pdf

William Patterson University (2014). Clinical hypnosis: An Introduction. Retrieved December 6, 2014 from http://www.wpunj.edu/dotAsset/88316.pdf


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