“What is Hypnosis?” Hypnosis is a natural state of consciousness in which we are open to suggestions. It is similar to meditation or “zoning out” while becoming absorbed in a novel. Our bodies are relaxed, our conscious mind is quieted, and our attention is free to examine and reprogram thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that no longer serve us.
“What is Hypnotherapy?” Hypnotherapy utilizes hypnosis for therapy.
“How is Hypnotherapist defined?” According to the Federal Dictionary of Occupational Titles published by the United States Department of Labor under Hypnotherapist 079.157.010 it is defined as follows: “Hypnotherapist induces hypnotic state in client to increase motivation or alter behavior pattern through hypnosis. Consults with client to determine the nature of problem. Prepares client to enter hypnotic states by explaining how hypnosis works and what client will experience. Tests subjects to determine degree of physical and emotional suggestibility. Induces hypnotic state using techniques of hypnosis based on interpretation of test results and analysis of client’s problem. May train client in self-hypnosis conditioning.”
“How is Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) defined?” According to the State of Colorado, Department of Regulatory Agencies, it is defined as: “a detailed operational model of the processes involved in human behavior and communication. Although it is not itself a psychotherapy, NLP’s principles can be used to understand and make changes in any realm of hu-man experience and activity. NLP, however, has been applied to therapeutic concerns, and the result is a powerful, rapid, and subtle technology for making extensive and lasting changes in human behavior and capacities. NLP deals with modifying and redesigning thinking patterns, promoting flexibility and forging new capacities and abilities.”
“How is Hypnotherapy legally recognized?” Hypnotherapy (hypnosis) is recognized as a legal stand-alone profession by the US Department of Labor. It is listed in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (079.157.010). The US Department of Education lists “Hypnotherapy-hypnotherapist” (9CIP 2000, 51.3603) under instructional programs. The Office of Administrative Law Judges Law Library lists “Hypnotherapist” as a “legal profession.”
“How is hypnotherapy different from psychology?” Psychologists and psychiatrists can work with mental disorders and hypnotherapists work with functional individuals who want to change behaviors and improve the quality of their lives.
“How is hypnotherapy different from meditation?” There are many styles of meditation, but the primary difference is the intent. Meditation is used to develop concentration, to focus, to be centered, to relax and to empty our minds. The purpose of traditional hypnotherapy is to reprogram the subconscious mind. The purpose of Transpersonal Hypnotherapy is to deprogram the subconscious mind to allow better access to the higher mind or the wisdom of intuition.
“How is Transpersonal Hypnotherapy different from traditional hypnosis?” In addition to reprogramming the subconscious mind with the client’s suggestions (which are given to the facilitating hypnotherapist during the session), Transpersonal Hypnotherapy goes beyond the personality to access intuition or inner wisdom. The goal is to increase awareness around personal and societal programming. With increased awareness comes the personal choice to keep or reject these program. Once the choice is made to reject old programs, the undesirable patterns are deprogrammed. This leads to the waking-up of spirit. As stated in “A Course in Miracles,” “What you think you are is a belief to be undone.”