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What Is The Difference Between Self Hypnosis And Clinical Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a technique that has been used for centuries to alter one's state of consciousness and promote positive changes in behavior, thoughts, and emotions. There are different types of hypnosis, and two of the most popular ones are self-hypnosis and clinical hypnosis.

Self-hypnosis is a form of hypnosis in which an individual induces a trance-like state on themselves to achieve a specific goal or outcome. This type of hypnosis involves the use of techniques such as visualization, affirmations, and physical relaxation, to achieve a state of deep calm, peace and heightened suggestibility.

One of the main advantages of self-hypnosis is that it is convenient and can be done at any time, anywhere. It is a useful tool for self-improvement, stress relief, and boosting self-confidence. For instance, an individual who struggles with anxiety or stress can use self-hypnosis to relax their mind and body, visualize themselves in a calm and peaceful environment, and affirm positive statements to themselves.

Clinical hypnosis, on the other hand, is a form of hypnosis that is administered by a trained and licensed professional. This type of hypnosis is used to treat a range of psychological and medical conditions, including PTSD, childhood trauma, chronic pain, anxiety disorders, and depression.

Unlike self-hypnosis, clinical hypnosis or hypnotherapy is much more structured and personalized to the individual's needs. The healthcare professional first conducts an assessment to identify the individual's specific needs and develops a treatment plan that includes hypnosis as part of the overall therapy.

During the session, the hypnotherapist will use a variety of techniques, to induce a workable state of trance, to help the person connect to the core past events, related to their present day symptoms. During the cathartic release phase, when the resistance to feeling the emotions from the event being processed is no longer present, the past can be effectively neutralized, leading to reduction or elimination of symptoms. Client can manage their pain and reduce their reliance on pain medication, or antidepressants, for example.

Another key difference between self-hypnosis and clinical hypnosis is the level of expertise and training required to administer it. Self-hypnosis techniques can be learned through books, online courses, or self-help materials, while clinical hypnosis requires extensive training, certification, and licensure.

Self hypnosis is a wonderful way to deepen and strengthen the suggestion received during a formal hypnotherapy session. It will not produce the same profound results as one would get by being guided by an experienced professional.


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