A Beginner’s Guide to Hypnosis

There are many misconceptions about hypnotherapy. Stage hypnotists often present hypnotherapy as something which is done for fun. However, hypnosis does have a more serious side. Read on to find out more about this fascinating subject.

How does hypnosis work?

Suggestions and the subconscious

In terms of the actual process, it involves the therapist putting suggestions into your subconscious mind through a variety of words and phrases; sometimes this can be done with visualisation as well as with spoken prompts. Hypnosis works because the brain is constantly being bombarded with information. The human brain constructs a model of the world based on what it receives through the senses. As well as receiving messages from the sense organs, the brain also receives messages from the conscious mind, and beliefs people have about themselves and the environment can have a big impact on how they feel and act.

Changing the internal dialogue

It is this type of internal dialogue that hypnosis focuses on changing. The goal is for you to feel better about yourself and your life. The process also helps to increase your level of self-esteem, confidence and motivation. This helps to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression and also makes it easier to reach your full potential.

Types of hypnosis

There are different types of hypnosis. Most involve making suggestions to the patient about their behaviour or way of thinking. Take a look below at two popular forms.

Conversational hypnosis

This is the most common type of hypnosis. This is where you are able to get someone to alter their state of mind simply by talking to them. You can then use this technique to change their behaviour as well. It is a very powerful tool and requires practice, but it is when performed properly, it can be a very powerful tool.


This is something that your hypnotist may train you to do at home between sessions. They will teach you how to use visualisation techniques or sometimes even audio recordings so you can hypnotise yourself. You can then make suggestions to yourself about your behaviour or other things that you want to achieve in life. This is a very powerful tool, but you must be careful about how you use it and should always look to a professional for guidance.

If you would like to find out more, you should contact a local hypnotherapist today. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have and to book you in for your first session. Contact a company like GC Hypnotherapy to learn more.