What is hypnotherapy and how is it applied?

Hypnotherapy is therapy through hypnosis. In the medical world, hypnotherapy is accepted as a psychotherapy method. The British Medical Association adopted hypnotherapy as a method of psychotherapy in 1953 and the American Medical Association in 1958. Applications in which hypnosis technique is used in Turkey are applied as a treatment method with the approval of the Ministry of Health.

Is hypnosis and hypnotherapy the same thing?

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are two different things. Hypnosis; is to influence a person or a group temporarily through words, looks, suggestions and similar means. Here, the person’s attention is focused on certain points and the person’s subconscious is activated. During the day, we sometimes experience hypnosis without realizing it. An example of this is the moments when you dive in while driving and you do not understand or remember how the journey went. If he can’t hear you when you call out to a child who is immersed in playing with his toys, he is in hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is a method applied for the treatment of diseases. It is mostly applied in psychiatric and mental illnesses.

Can every person be Hypnotized:

During the day, we sometimes experience a state of hypnosis without realizing it. When we watch commercials on TV, listen to a political leader, or watch a movie, we are under the hypnotic effect. An example of this is the moments when you dive in while driving and you do not understand or remember how the journey went. If he does not hear you when you call out to a child who is immersed in the game with his toys, he is in hypnosis. Focusing only on the work we are doing by closing ourselves to the outside world is just like focusing on the suggestions in hypnosis. We all go through countless hypnotic experiences as a natural part of our lives, including those who say, “I’m not hypnotized.” Therefore, this familiarity is better understood when hypnosis is re-experienced as a part of our natural life in a hypnotherapy environment and with the help of a hypnotherapist.

Is hypnotherapy sleepiness?

We cannot define hypnotherapy as a state of sleep. In fact, in the conscious hypnosis method, the person is completely conscious. In hypnotherapy, a trance state occurs when a person’s attention is concentrated at the highest level. It becomes open to suggestions. Each person can be affected by hypnotherapy differently. It may vary according to the methods applied. At the lightest point of the hypnotic state, the person relaxes. He remembers what was said to him. However, in cases where the hypnotic effect is deep, the person’s consciousness is turned off. The subconscious goes from passive to active. The person cannot remember the speeches and suggestions during the session after the session. In both cases, whether it is a mild or severe hypnotic state, the words and suggestions of the hypnotherapist are carried out by the client.

Is there such a thing as being unable to come out of hypnosis?

There is no such thing as the person’s inability to come out of hypnosis or wake up. Even if the hypnotherapist leaves without ending the session, the person ends the session after a while and gets up and continues his daily life.

How is the brain affected while in hypnosis?

A conscious mind is more critical and tends to analyze more when solving problems. It can resist. This can cause indecision and difficulty taking action. While under hypnosis, the unconscious mind, which gets rid of this analysis ability of the consciousness, becomes more ready to receive suggestions and therapy takes place. The person undergoing hypnotherapy treatment feels the support and guidance of the hypnotherapist in this process. He accepts his suggestions in line with his request. In this way, the hypnotherapist can do many things.

During hypnosis, do I lose control and do things I don’t want to do, unintentionally revealing my secrets?

Another point to know here is that the power of the hypnotherapist is not unlimited. A hypnotized person does not do anything he does not want to do, does not say anything he does not want to do. An suggestion that would contradict one’s beliefs, moral values, and value judgments is rejected even in the deepest hypnosis. The pictures that you come across in the media under the name of hypnosis, in which people exhibit uncontrolled strange behaviors, have nothing to do with medical hypnotherapy. These are the stage shows performed by people who do not have a psychological background or education, with the aim of attracting attention.

Is hypnosis dangerous and harmful?

There is no danger during or after the session. During and after the session, vital functions such as blood pressure, blood sugar, circulation and respiration of the person are not adversely affected biologically. Hypnotherapy is the safest and safest treatment method compared to drugs and other treatment methods.

Is the effect of hypnosis permanent?

Since the domain of hypnosis is the brain, its effect is permanent. For example; Words such as diet and diet are very cheesy for the subconscious mind when it comes to weight loss. You have to give up the foods you enjoy eating. For this reason, most diets result in more weight gain. However, the reasons for uncontrolled eating are hidden in the brain, in the subconscious. Underlying uncontrolled eating is our emotional and spiritual needs. It is known that negative emotions such as stress, tension, anxiety, guilt and anger cause overeating.

How many sessions does hypnotherapy take on average?

The number of sessions of hypnotherapy depends on the following conditions. The more favorable these conditions are, the shorter the sessions are expected to last.

The problem you want to solve,

The environment in which you live and the characteristics of the environment,

Suggestions and therapy approach used by the hypnotherapist,

The safe and positive relationship you have with the hypnotherapist,

your personality traits,

Especially the time between the first sessions should not be kept too long. It is important to start with 2-3 sessions a week and to open this period in the following sessions for more effective hypnotherapy.

Situations to be referred to hypnotherapy in psychological problems:

Mood disorders (depression, bipolar),

Anxiety disorders (uncontrollable anxiety, fear, panic, tension, distress),

Somatoform (body oriented) disorders,

Eating disorders,


Sleeping disorders,

sexual disorders,

Obsessions (OCD),

Psychosis (provided that it is in remission),



nocturnal urinary incontinence,

Addictions (such as cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, gambling, internet…),

Phobias (various extreme fears),


Performance anxiety (exam stress, stage excitement),

Increasing performance in sports,

Increasing performance in education (unwillingness to study, inability to maintain attention, boredom quickly, memory, learning, remembering),

In personal development: In the personal development process, we all have different goals, dreams, priorities and accordingly we have different thoughts, behaviors and attitudes. As we progress through this process, we also discover our strengths and weaknesses. While we use our strengths to achieve our goals, we always have the opportunity to strengthen our weaknesses on the other hand. Hypnotherapy is a very effective method in this regard. With hypnotherapy, it will be easier to lead a healthy, happy and successful life by strengthening our weaknesses. We can list the most common negative features as follows:

insecurity, lack of self-confidence,

Excessive excitement and fear in social situations,

Inability to speak in public

Inability to make eye contact, the thought that “everyone is looking at me”,

Problems in relations with the opposite sex,

Inability to control oneself

Excessive emotional and physical reactions

Anger management,

Inability to express feelings and thoughts,

trembling, sweating, stuttering, blushing,

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