The Difference Between Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy


While many think hypnosis and hypnotherapy are the same things, but there is a big difference in terms of certification. Not understanding that difference can lead you to choose an unqualified professional to help you with your necessities.

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What is Hypnotherapy?

A professional that learn and get certified in hypnosis therapy has skills to discover what the source of your addictive behavior is. Then, using the full 100% of your mind, the professional will find the solutions to the issues which have led to the destructive behavior. Trained and certified hypnotherapy professionals can really help you get free from toxic behavior by leading you toward healing the unresolved issues that have been holding you your whole life.

What Is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is the process where you are put in a relaxed state of mind and then suggestions are mentioned to help you to achieve the desired results – to stop smoking, to lose weight, to decrease anxiety, etc. However, these suggested changes achieved with hypnosis are often temporary, and this is one of the reasons that hypnosis has gotten the reputation of not having long last results.

It is pretty easy for a professional therapist to learn how to put someone into a hypnotic state, but in most of the cases, they don’t know what to do after. Most treatment facilities are known to have a very low success rate. This is because they are not well prepared to treat a very complex issue and treat addictions by only reaching the conscious mind, which composes 10% of a person’s total being.

A hypnotherapist has the power to go into the other 90% of the mind, the subconscious, to find out and treat the underlying addictive pattern. Just putting an individual in the state of hypnosis and giving suggestions, however, does not resolve the deeper issues.

Unlike a hypnotherapist, a hypnotist will basically use relaxation and hypnotic suggestion to address the behavior. The hypnotist may ask you to associate a disgusting, nasty substance with the food or drug you are addicted to. This may work for a few weeks, but let’s say, if you encounter a situation where someone you love deeply threatens to leave, you will immediately get back to consume your addictive substance of choice.

With hypnosis therapy, the professional will regress you to your childhood, find out patterns and then change the deep within the unconscious mind. The new suggestions and affirmations will last for more than a few weeks. This is the main reason why you should know the difference between hypnotherapy and hypnosis certifications.

Goran Nikolov is a content writer of Protista, a website where you can find a lot of interesting lists. He is from Macedonia and has a passion to write lists about everything that surrounds him, especially about sports, health, music, technology and history. Goran loves to play basketball in his free time, enjoys playing on his guitar and sharing his thoughts with others.