Differentiating Between Hypnotherapy And Hypnosis: A Question To Ponder On!

It might be somewhat true for many that whenever we are seeking for ways to improve our health or lives, the option of trying Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy might have wandered our minds. But what we fail to realise is the difference between the two. Using both the terms interchangeably for so long without actually understanding the terms has made it all the more necessary for us to understand the difference between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy.

Although they might sound the same, their meanings are entirely different with both having only one common ground, i.e. both words refer to altering the state of mind as a healing method. Before differentiating between the two, it is imperative to understand their meaning for in-depth knowledge.

How Hypnotherapy Differs From Hypnosis



Beginning with hypnosis, it is an act of guiding someone into a state of trance (reverie) and bringing their mind into a position which becomes open to the power of suggestions. It is a state of mind where most of us go through daily without even realising, for instance, when listening to songs or while watching a movie, etc. But one thing that makes this daily trance state different from hypnosis is the fact that in hypnosis, someone induces this state of trance to alter and bring about a positive behavioural change.


With hypnosis, the result is to achieve a relaxed state of mind with an increased attention span and openness to suggestions. The aim is to instil positive affirmations and behavioural changes during the state of trance. This stimulation takes place as there is better communication between the conscious and subconscious mind. While in a hypnotic state, the conscious state of mind becomes quiet, making it easier to communicate directly with the unconscious mind. As a result, we open the door for suggestions, new ideas and thoughts to bring a positive change in that area of our mind where the root problem lies.
Though, one thing to be kept in mind is that hypnotics never control another human beings mind and actions. They are the only ones who have control over their actions and mind. They never go against their will. Thus, if there is a change, it is because they wanted that change. After all, the mind becomes highly aware, focused and in full control during hypnosis.
Furthermore, therapeutic hypnosis should not be confused with stage hypnosis which is used mainly for entertainment purposes. Instead, the former is a means of improving a particular area of life by suggesting a mind-set and concentrating on activities that might lead them to address possible solutions to their problems.



On the other hand, hypnotherapy becomes different from hypnosis as it is a mental and physical health treatment technique used for therapeutic purposes. Simply put, it is the professional way of using hypnosis to help someone overcome a condition/problem and bring about a change. Thus, hypnosis is the tool and hypnotherapy is the usage of that tool. This therapy is practised by a trained, certified and licensed professional. It is a way of leading people into a state where they can heal their unresolved issues.


It is used in a variety of areas for therapeutic purposes to bring about a positive change. Some of the uses are:
As a means of helping someone to let go of their bad habits or increase confidence through regression and by making them rethink and feel a certain way about their action. Through this, they entice them to bring about a positive change by making them choose new behaviour that later leads to long-lasting desired results.
As a means of improvement of the self, since the body and mind are interlinked, they use this connection to relieve pain. By diverting the attention and channelling distracting thoughts, they encourage the person to ignore the pain and make them change their perception of pain.
Hypnotherapists help deal with mental health issues too. Depression, PTSD, and anxiety are all result of some hidden memory in our subconscious state of mind. By diving into where the root cause stemmed from and addressing it, they effectively diminish fears, trauma and phobias.


Hypnotherapy is a means of entering into a trance state of mind to unlock all hidden depths of memories and drop into the rational part of the mind-set. Because of its in-depth usage, it can only be practised by a licenced and qualified professional which is one of the chief differences between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy.
Through the guidance of the therapist, the subject gets helped in pulling those repressed memories, experiences and emotions to get to the root problem with the intention to either pluck or remove them permanently or alter current behaviour or feelings. Though it might take time, this psychological healing process helps in achieving desired results as the unconscious mind doesn’t distinguish between real and suggested experiences.


Having practised Hypnotherapy with Dr YuvraajKapadai of California Hypnosis Institute, Dr Rajnee Garghave had a lot of experience. Thus, her empathetic behaviour makes her one of the best-known Hypnotherapists in all of Kolkata. With the aim and high success rate of offering inner peace and removing and altering the destructive behavioural patterns suppressed at the back of the mind, our organisation helps in personal development by connecting with the people on a deeper level.


To summarise, the difference between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy is so minute that their understanding becomes easily vague. The former is an approach while the latter deals with the application of that approach. Thus, despite it facing many controversies, both of these practices have proven and produced desired results, time and again. Visit Dr. Rajnee's website for more information.