Hypnotherapy and psychotherapy are often talked about as separate treatment approaches. But did you know that they are actually complementary?
Historically, hypnosis was used by psychiatrists in treatment. Hypnotherapy and hypnosis have now become part of a new wave of alternative approaches to healing in the last 20-30 years; increasingly popular in the main stream. It is practiced by licensed mental health professionals and non-licensed trained hypnotherapists or hypnotists.
Hypnotherapy can be an adjunctive modality used by therapists like EMDR or Somatic Experiencing. It is a specialty and requires additional training. The practitioner will evaluate the presenting issues and determine if hypnotherapy is indicated in treatment.
So what does that mean for the client?
In any psychotherapy it is always a great idea to ask questions! If you’re curious about hypnotherapy or not sure about what it is really is (check out my blog about common myths about hypnotherapy) – ask and your clinician should thoroughly answer your questions.
If you and your clinician determine that hypnotherapy is a good fit for you, then goals are discussed before beginning the process. Outside of specific goals that are set with your clinician, hypnotherapy can support building resilience, establishing a deeper connection with Self and decreasing the strength of the inner critic.
As a certified clinical hypnotherapist with 350+ hours of training and 3 years in practice, I have found hypnotherapy to greatly benefit the work that clients do in psychotherapy. It offers a strong tool outside of the therapy room and clients report feeling relaxed at the end of session, even when painful emotions have been experienced. Hypnotherapy can empower those who experience it as it provides a means to connect with one’s own inner wisdom and strength.