Is Hypnotherapy Real?


Media and cliched pop cultures have for long distorted the image of true hypnotherapy. Contrary to the first image that comes to your mind when you hear the word, it is not always about a tall burlesque man rotating his pendulum watch and taking complete control over the mind of a naïve person against their wishes. The reality of hypnotherapy is far from the truth of what is portrayed in movies. It is a branch of science. 

Dr Rajnee Garg Kesri, a leading hypnotherapist in Kolkata, uses this method to treat many medical conditions which we will discuss in this blog. We will also share the basic principle of hypnotherapy, how it works, its benefits, and common myths related to it. Thereafter, you can decide for yourself whether hypnotherapy is real or a myth. 

What is hypnotherapy and how does it work?

Hypnotherapy is a branch of psychology. Broadly speaking, it uses the power of the subconscious mind to change things and habits. 

In hypnotherapy, a certified hypnotherapist helps the individual to visualise images that are relaxing and can soothe the person’s mind. For this purpose, there is an initial consultation where the hypnotherapist in Kolkata talks to their patient to understand their mental characteristics. This interaction allows them to learn about their preferences into what serves as relaxing tools for them. For example, someone may prefer the mountains over the beaches and vice-versa. Accordingly, during hypnosis, the hypnotherapist will guide a person to picturise their happy place. 

It is during this envisioning phase that the person enters into a “trance” like state. This does not mean that the person is sleeping or they have lost control over their body or mind. This stage of hypnosis can be more likely referred to as a state of complete relaxation. The mind and body relax and the person feels calm. But it is important to note that they are still aware of their surroundings. The only difference – it does not affect them as much. Most patients state that they get relief from everyday care and worries during hypnosis. It is now that the subconscious mind comes into play and the person is in a receptive state. Thus, they may consider a matter during this stage more than they would in their normal working state. 

How does hypnotherapy help?

Hypnotherapy allows mainly two major changes – intense relaxation and focused concentration. With the help of these two attributes, a hypnotherapist in Kolkata can help individuals break out of addictions, trauma patterns, and personality development. 

The focused concentration of the subconscious mind helps patients analyse situations as they exactly are, shift perspectives, and act on the modified interpretations. The basic principle of hypnotherapy is that the power to change lies within ourselves. Hypnotherapy helps train the mind to understand the importance of these changes and implement them. It can be more accurately described as strengthening the willpower of a person through guided concentration. 

What are the things that hypnosis can do?

Clinical hypnotherapy is used as a complementary therapy for:

1. Dealing with addictions

For people struggling with tobacco or alcohol addiction, hypnotherapy in Kolkata can help them overcome it. 

2. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

People who have experienced any form of severe trauma (mental or physical) can often be seen living the rest of their lives in extreme fear or dissociating from reality. All of these serve as coping mechanisms since they feel that they are still stuck within the loop. Hypnotherapy works wonders in these cases as it helps patients distinguish the past from the present. This paves the way towards their healing journey. 

3. Anxiety disorders

Individuals experiencing recurrent panic attacks and anxiety benefit greatly from hypnotherapy. Not only does hypnotherapy help soothe the body and calm the mind during the session, but it also helps sustain the relaxed state for a considerably longer period even after the session. Thereafter, the frequency of anxiety attacks reduces gradually. 

4. Eating disorders

In most cases, eating disorders (eating too much or eating too little) is diagnosed as a form of PTSD. Therefore, hypnotherapy in Kolkata can help treat it. 

5. Weight loss

It may come as a shocker for most but trauma is stored in the body. Often, people who notice significant weight gain within a short period are the ones suffering from maximum stress. Thus, weight gain can often be a stress response. Addressing the underlying mental trauma can help with noticeable weight loss.  

6. Personality development

Hypnotherapy in Kolkata can be advantageous for extremely shy, underconfident, and nervous individuals. It helps boost mental power and consequently, helps them gain confidence.

7. Pain management

Persons suffering from chronic pain can manage their pain better with hypnotherapy in Kolkata. 

Is hypnotherapy an evidence-based practice? 

Yes. Hypnotherapy is an evidence-based practice. 

What is the success rate of hypnotherapy?

Research at Harvard University shows that hypnotherapy can provide positive results in one session itself. 93% of patients have shown this outcome. 

Is hypnotherapy credible?

Hypnosis works on a scientific principle and research are ongoing to demonstrate proof to the common man. Regarding the credibility of hypnotherapy, it is now for you to decide. 

About Dr. Rajnee Garg Kesri:

Dr Rajnee Garg is a clinical hypnotherapist in Kolkata whose name is widely acclaimed owing to her skills and depth of knowledge. She has more than a decade of experience in 25 different types of healing. She has helped over 3000 clients overcome obstacles in their lives through her abilities. 

For any mental health or addiction issues, contact her for effective results with hypnotherapy in Kolkata.

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