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Different Types of Hypnotherapy

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Just like any other type of psychotherapy, there are different subsets of hypnotherapy that can be used for different situations depending on the circumstance, disorder, or behavior trying to be altered. Different environments and situations warrant certain types of hypnotherapy that best fit the individual and their circumstance. It also depends on what is trying to be altered, whether that be a mental disorder like anxiety or a negative habit like smoking. The most common types of hypnotherapy include traditional/suggestion therapy, hypno-psychotherapy, analytical hypnotherapy, clinical hypnotherapy, neuro-linguistic programming, Time Line therapy, and specific or solution focused hypnotherapy.


Traditional/Suggestion Hypnotherapy


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As the name conveys, traditional hypnotherapy is the most conventional form of hypnotherapy as well as the most commonly used. It’s also a relatively short term type of hypnotherapy, especially when compared to some of the other methods. The hypnotherapist typically uses positive suggestions and instructions in an attempt to subconsciously alter behaviors, thoughts, or feelings that are negatively affecting the patient. Unlike a lot of the other types of hypnotherapy, suggestion hypnotherapy focuses solely on the behaviors and feelings without delving deeper to understand or fix a root cause. Therefore, it’s not used for deeply rooted mental illnesses or personality disorders, but for negative behaviors like smoking or drinking.



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Just like normal psychotherapy, hypno-psychotherapy focuses on the deeply rooted emotional trauma or issues of a patient. Although there is an alteration of emotions and behaviors, it’s caused by the alteration of the root cause that’s causing pain or issues within, even if the patient doesn’t realize it. Sometimes, the origin of the issues could be a traumatic event or some kind of abuse. Of course, an event of this proportion causes a lot of issues that need to be worked through with a trustworthy, empathetic therapist. Once the origin is dealt with, the behaviors and issues that sprouted from it will be resolved either on their own or through further therapy.

Analytical Hypnotherapy

While hypno-psychotherapy aims towards identifying trauma or abuse from the past, analytical hypnotherapy focuses on present issues. Traditional hypnotherapy is more of a process of managing problems rather than solving them, but analytical hypnotherapy is the opposite. If a patient is having problems with behavior or habits, such as trouble sleeping or an unhealthy coping habit, an analytical hypnotherapist uses hypnosis to find the root of the issue that could be causing problems. Some of the issues could be long term, but the hypnotherapist will usually focus on present problems that can later help resolve the root of it all. The main difference is that traditional hypnotherapy will change the behavior itself, while analytical hypnotherapy will identify what is causing the behavior such as a bad relationship or a stressful life situation, and try and resolve that.

Clinical Hypnotherapy


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Clinical hypnotherapy is usually used as a combination with other kinds of treatment. Typically, a professional who practices clinical hypnotherapy has some experience in the medical field, as well as certification as a hypnotherapist. It can be used to treat a variety of different things, from psychological illnesses to negative behavior or even physical conditions.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Neuro-linguistic programming, also known as NLP, is a unique type of hypnotherapy in that it concentrates on improving a patient’s life and mental health as a whole. Usually, a therapist will focus on the individual’s language habits. This means they analyze and dissect the patient’s terms and typical language, behaviors, attitudes, and other aspects of a person’s personality and life. Hypnotherapists use NLP to identify this negativity inhibiting a patient, then use hypnotherapy to alter them, improving their overall quality of life and relationships with others.

Time Line Therapy

Time Line Therapy was first utilized by practitioner Tad James, who discovered that it can be extremely beneficial to explore a patient’s past experiences and memories. Hypnotherapists recognize that an individual’s experiences can really shape their life, sometimes in a negative manner. If a patient has had traumatic or negative events happen to them, it can really impact their lives on a long term scale. Time line therapy is used to identify these memories and experiences, which are usually stored in the subconscious. Hypnotherapy is used to control how a person feels about their past, which can be inhibiting them by causing anxiety, depression, and stress in general. When the attitudes and emotions regarding past events are controlled, it positively impacts the patient and creates a promising long term result.

Specific/Solution Focused Hypnotherapy

Specific-focused hypnotherapy is much more simple and quick when compared to the other types. Usually, a person will have a particular goal that they will bring to a hypnotherapist. This could be a number of different things, whether it be a phobia, issues with confidence, a psychological problem like anxiety, trauma, or a negative behavior. Solution-focused hypnotherapy can typically be completed in a few sessions and usually has a long term impact.





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