There are some things that are hard to talk about to your therapist whether it is traumatic experiences or talking about things you do not want to admit about yourself. Maybe if you are left in a trance and speak without thinking so much about how to put your thoughts into words, it will be easier to open up to a therapist. Many are afraid to engage in hypnosis in fear of saying something embarrassing. Hypnotherapy is about using hypnosis to create behavioral and emotional changes that can help treat mental disorders.

Hypnotherapy first came into being in the mid-19th century by Scotland surgeon James Braid who believed patients were able to respond to their problems when they were in a trance-like state. Sigmund Freud and Josef Breuer believed that traumatic memories were not accessible to the waking mind except if under hypnosis, believing this mode of therapy to be a “cure.” Hypnosis puts patients in a trancelike state using auditory, visual, or other cues. This method will make it easier for patients to talk about their memories, gain awareness, and change their behavior.

After a therapist finds out a patient’s goals and seeing how the session will go, the hypnotherapist will use guided imagery and calming speech to help the patient feel relaxed and safe. Your conscious mind is pushed out of the way and the problems that were lurking in the subconscious come into being. After the patient is in the receptive state, the therapist will provide the patient with suggestions to help the patient reach their goals. The patient will remain aware and will return to their alert state when their session is over. There are those that only need one session and those that need several to achieve results.

Hypnotherapy can be used for many mental illnesses like addictions, phobias, stress, chronic pain, smoking, PTSD, and even childbirth pain for women. The patient will be able to discover themselves and their unconscious intentions, experiences, intentions, and motivations that resulted in symptoms that made them seek treatment in the first place. The patient will get better insight to their problems and learn things about themselves that they would not have known otherwise. There have been debates as to whether or not this mode of therapy works as it can work for some and not for others but it is a therapeutic method that is worth a try.


Smarmore Castle Private Clinic in County Louth, near Dublin was founded in 1988 as a residential rehabilitation hospital treating people suffering from drug and alcohol purposes. Smarmore Castle believes in helping patients lead a life of abstinence through 12 Step programs, detox and medical treatment, psychotherapy, and complementary therapies. For more information, please call 041-214-5111. For those who live out of the country, the international number is 00353-41-214-5111.

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