Hypnotherapy or Hypnosis: Function, Uses, and Benefits

Definition: Hypnosis or hypnotherapy is guided uses of relaxation, intense concentration, and attention to achieve a trance.

The person’s attention is so concentrated in this state that nothing happens around him; the person is temporarily blocked with the help of a trained therapist – in specific thoughts or tasks.


Hypnotherapy is generally considered an aid for psychotherapy (counseling or therapy) because the hypnotic state allows people to explore feelings that they might have hidden from their conscious minds.

In addition, hypnosis allows people to perceive an awareness of pain.

Hypnotherapy can be used as therapy or for the analysis of patients.

Suggestion therapy: it is the therapy of suggestions. Therefore, hypnotherapy can help with problems such as quitting smoking or biting the nails.

Analysis: This method uses the relaxed state to explore a possible psychological root cause of a disorder or symptom in your unconscious memory. Once the trauma is revealed, psychotherapy can be applied.


What are the benefits of hypnotherapy?

Help in overcoming:

  • Phobias, fears, and anxiety
  • Sleep disorders.
  • Depression.
  • Stress.
  • Posttraumatic anxiety.
  • The pain and the loss of loved ones.

Hypnotherapy can also help control pain and overcome habits, severe symptoms, or urgently needed treatment.


Hypnotherapy may not be appropriate for someone who is using drugs or alcohol.

The doctor must have already evaluated the person for any physical disorder; it can also be a less effective therapy than other more traditional treatments, such as medication, for psychiatric disorders.

Some therapists use hypnosis to recall repressed memories that they believe may be linked to the person’s mental disorder.

False memories, usually due to trauma, can be created by the patient; hypnosis is used for certain mental disorders.

Is hypnotherapy dangerous?

A therapist can not do what he wants to do, only what the patient can reveal. The most significant risk is that the falsification of memories potentially can be created and can be less effective, unlike other psychiatric treatments, which are more established and traditional.

Who does it?

Hypnotherapy is performed by a mental health professional with a license or certificate specially trained in this technique.