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Hypnotherapy is therapy or suggestions given to a client who is experiencing the state of hypnosis. Suggestions, in themselves, can have a very therapeutic effect on the mind and body.

Hypnotherapy has been likened to meditation, and while both allow you to achieve similar levels of relaxation, there is a very major difference:

• With meditation, you are usually attempting to "empty" or clear your mind, letting go of everyday thoughts and worries.

• With hypnotherapy, the therapist gives you appropriate, positive suggestions, while using techniques that will assist you to achieve your goals. Instead of emptying your mind, you are powerfully focusing it on positive ideas and goal-orientated suggestions.

Many people live normal, healthy lives, and yet there may be some aspect(s) they want to change, e.g. overcoming a phobia, reducing anxiety and stress, or removing a habit. Alternatively, they may want to improve their memory, concentration, or self-confidence. Clients often say they have tried using willpower, but some changes need to take place at a subconscious level, because this is where our automatic patterns, habits, and responses are established.

Sourced from: New Zealand Association of Professional Hypnotherapists

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