Posted by Susan Franzblau
What is the difference between hypnosis and psychotherapy?
While similar in many of their goals, hypnotherapy works by giving suggestions directly to someone’s subconscious mind after putting them in the state of hypnosis that will change or modify habits whether they are habits of behavior, like increasing focus or getting rid of panic attacks, or habits of feeling, like lessening anxiety or even physical pain.
Psychotherapy, AKA “talk therapy,” is counseling that is based entirely on an interpersonal relationship where the client/patient talks with their therapist about their thoughts and feelings. Often — but not always — the client/patient has a mental disorder or illness. Sometimes people also need to work with psychiatrists who are medical doctors and can prescribe medication. There are many different techniques available to psychotherapists, the most common being cognitive behavioral therapy that works to adjust negative and dysfunctional thinking to improve mood. Other forms include psychoanalytic, humanistic, psychodynamic, and many others. People trained to do psychotherapy include psychiatrists, psychologists, Marriages and Family Therapists, and both psychiatric and Licensed Clinical Social Workers.
Part of being a competent hypnotherapist is knowing when to refer someone to a psychotherapist. Only someone trained in psychotherapy can work with people with mental disorders; however, very often the best thing for the client is to have both a hypnotherapist and psychotherapist working as a team. The hypnotherapist helps the person sleep, handle their stress, control panic attacks, etc., all of which makes it much easier for the client to proceed faster in their psychotherapy work.
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Posted by Susan Franzblau
Hi Susan! I just saw a show at my college where a hypnotist made people do silly things on stage. Is that what hypnotherapy is all about?
While both put people in the state of hypnosis, they are very different. On stage, the hypnotist looks for people who like to perform and gives them a chance to let themselves go — even if they don’t remember it later. Hypnotherapy, however, is all about reaching goals. The suggestions I would give you would be to help change behaviors you don’t like, such as not exercising enough or getting panic attacks. Other uses for hypnotherapy are to prepare you for specific events from tests to any medical procedure. Everything is done in the comfort of my office. The only other similarity between stage hypnosis and hypnotherapy is that both are fun. During hypnotherapy we find strengths you never knew you had and new ways to enjoy your life. All without making you quack like a duck.