Hypnotherapy or Hypnosis: Function, Uses, and Benefits

Definition: Hypnosis or hypnotherapy is defined to 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 as 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 in 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 be used to help control pain and to overcome habits, severe symptoms or urgently need treatment.


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

It must be the doctor who has already evaluated the person for any physical disorder, it can also be a less effective form of therapy than other more traditional treatments, such as medication, in psychiatric disorders.

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

False memories, usually as a result of 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 greatest risk, is that the falsification of memories, potentially, can be created and can be less effective unlike other psychiatric treatments, more established and traditional.

Who does it?

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