What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the practice of using hypnosis to treat conditions like anxiety, depression, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorders. 

What is Psychotherapy?

As defined by the American Psychological Association, psychotherapy is a way to facilitate people suffering from a range of mental illnesses and struggling with emotions. Psychotherapy controls or alleviates symptoms that a person may face because of these issues thereby, ensuring their psychological wellbeing. 

How Do These Two Differ?

Involving the Physical 

Psychotherapy deals with emotional and mental issues. Hypnotherapy, however, deals with physical complaints as well. Let’s give this perspective. Pain Week Conference took place in 2007, where pain relief researchers, from hypnotherapists to physicians, came together to investigate pain management methodologies and techniques. Because of the pain drug scandal, these practitioners looked at the past practices when the pain was relieved through perception changes. That’s hypnotherapy. It uses the subconscious mind to make conscious choices around how stimuli make us experience pain. It makes you shift your thinking patterns to cure the issues that your body experiences. So, hypnotherapy is head work, but unlike psychotherapy, it treats your body as well. 

a businessman suffering from chronic back pain that can be cured by hypnotherapy

Real Change

Hypnotherapy is a task-oriented practice and brings a positive change in your well-being in a short amount of time. On the other hand, psychotherapists may see their patients for months with minimal change in their mental health and thinking patterns. It is because, in psychotherapy, the reigns are in the patient’s hand. The therapist can only use their words to help them. In hypnotherapy, however, the practitioner can make the patient enter a trance-like state where they can help them alter the patient’s toxic perceptions and thinking patterns toward positivity to cure the issues that they’re facing. Within six to eight sessions, patients feel much better if they go for hypnotherapy, compared to psychotherapy, where they think they’re just starting out in their ninth or tenth sessions. 

Therapist trying to align a person’s thoughts and patterns as a step towards a better mental well-being

Conscious and Subconscious 

It’s a fundamental one. Psychotherapy deals with the conscious mind, while hypnotherapy deals with the subconscious. The subconscious mind is where our habits, memories, mind-body connections are created and manifested in our actions in our daily lives. If you’re dealing with problems concerning a conscious mindset, you won’t be able to tackle them effectively. That’s where psychotherapy stays. Suppose you’re mowing your lawn to get rid of the wild shrubs. After a few weeks, the bushes will grow again. It is because you had not removed them from the roots. Your mental and bodily problems reflect well in this metaphor. Psychotherapy doesn’t go deep in your mind and alter your perceptions. Hypnotherapy does. That’s why it has shown positive for both psychological and physical wellbeing. 

Are you suffering from chronic pain or anxiety, or other issues like alcoholism, drug addiction, and eating disorders? Advanced Hypnotherapy of Naples can help you! If you’re in Naples, FL and are looking to transform your life for good through cognitive and sub-cognitive therapy, schedule an appointment with us today. 


Written by

Peter Williams CHt. CHI