HYPNOSIS VERSUS HYPNOTHERAPY When talking about hypnosis today, it is common to hear the words, “Hypnosis” and “Hypnotherapy”, which makes the subject confusing. In this article, we wanted to address these two words to see if there is in fact a difference. Although hypnosis has been used since ancient Egyptian times, this technique is becoming more and more popular and widely accepted in today’s society. Much of hypnosis is still not understood but we know that through numerous studies, it is in fact a very beneficial tool. Unfortunately, hypnosis for many people conjures up the vision of a man in a fancy suit that picks gullible people from an audience to make them perform stupid and embarrassing acts. Although this type of hypnosis is simply for entertainment value, there are real, hypnotists who can help improve people’s lives, giving them the tools needed to lose weight, get over a trauma, stop smoking, and on. The key with hypnosis is to work with a qualified person who understands this ancient technique. Now, hypnotherapy is a newer coined term that refers to a clinical hypnotist. Typically, hypnotherapy is used for specific treatments, again to help someone overcome shyness, stop smoking, etc. In most cases, the patient will go to see a hypnotherapist after all conventional options have failed. As you can see, hypnosis and hypnotherapy is virtually the same thing. The only real difference is that they hypnotherapy is done in a clinical setting whereby hypnosis might be done during a television show with a live audience, or any other non-clinical setting. Both hypnosis and hypnotherapy when performed properly can add great value to a person’s life. For instance, one of the most common complaints is that the individual is anxious, feeling as if things are out of their control. Resulting from the anxiety, a number of things manifest to include nail biting, smoking, blushing, weight gain/loss, insomnia, headaches, and stress. By working with the person through hypnosis or hypnotherapy, they can overcome these challenges. You will also see both hypnosis and hypnotherapy used to help improve a person’s public image. For corporate leaders, public speakers, or anyone that works in the public eye, having confidence and a strong image is imperative. With a trained, medical hypnotist of hypnotherapist, the individual can gain be given the tools and suggestion to stand before a crowd and feel 100% comfortable and confident. Finally, whether bad habits come out of anxiety or rear their ugly heads on their own, a qualified hypnotist or hypnotherapist can help. This might include the things mentioned or it could also include grief, low self-esteem, a drug habit, phobias, memory loss, and even some learning disabilities. What people find is that hypnosis and hypnotherapy are extremely relaxing, almost as if you are drifting off to another place yet fully aware of your current surroundings. Just remember, if you go to see a hypnotist, make sure that he or she is truly qualified and not working the technique for the sake of entertainment. In fact, years of joking have given hypnosis such as a bad name but in reality, it is a viable tool. Therefore, if you find yourself suffering from any of these conditions or anything that a conventional doctor was not able to “fix”, perhaps seeing a licensed hypnotherapist is your next option. Hypnotherapy especially has helped thousands of speech therapists unlock a child’s stuttering, helped dentists show their patients how to relax, and assisted many midwives help the soon-to-be mother have a less painful labor and delivery. Hypnosis is also an excellent tool but in this case, it has long been abused, giving the name and technique a black eye. Today, a number of excellent hypnotists and hypnotherapists can be found throughout the world and in many cases, insurance will pay some of the bill, specifically when dealing with a hypnotherapist.