When looking for hypnosis therapy, you may find yourself confused in your decision of who will facilitate your session. Not because of the qualifications of their services, but because of the title they use to refer to their practice. Let’s take a look at the respective definitions and differences to help you have more clarity when selecting your practitioner.

A Hypnotist is someone who is capable of creating conversion into a trance state and giving suggestions to a client while the client is in this altered state. For example, a Stage Hypnotist would require simple basic hypnosis skills combined with personality and confidence to entertain a crowd. A Hypnotist, with basic skills could also put someone into trance and read a positive script to encourage change. While doing so, the length of the session may be shorter but the client may require more sessions since the treatment is addressed to the symptom rather than the root cause.

A Hypnotherapist is someone who not only has mastered the skills of Hypnosis, but also deepening and working with suggestions which will affect the symptoms of the issue. The Hypnotherapist will also use interactive therapies, will have conversations directly with the subconscious, and will get to the root of what the client’s blocks or issues are.

The Role of the Hypnotherapist is to keep the client’s best interests in the forefront of their mind, to protect the client and effectively guide them to find the answers the subconscious mind has readily available when the client is in the altered state.

The Hypnotherapist is not a diagnostician, they let the subconscious mind do its own diagnosing because the subconscious is wiser than either the client or the therapist. Hypnotherapy can work in combination with other alternative healing therapies such Holographic Sound Healing, Reiki, Healing Touch, Aromatherapy, or one of the more traditional arts such as psychiatry, psychology, dentistry or one of the many healing roles in medicine.

A Hypnotherapist’s responsibility is to successfully help people to make the changes they wish to make in their lives quickly and with ease. And to find out any other therapies the client may be undergoing since sometimes clients could be seeing more than one therapist at a time, using various interventions to assist in their healing. If a client indicates that they have mental health issues or have undiagnosed pain, it would be necessary to receive a referral from their Doctor. 

It is important to understand that a Hypnotherapist does not cure anything, does not diagnose, and does not counsel, unless they have those skills.

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