Hypnosis can be a useful therapeutic resource to promote change, improvement, and goal achievement. It can be a great way to work on any particular area you know you could spend some time working on. With most issues, cares, concerns, challenges, or problems you have struggled with and know you need improvement with, personally and relationally. When used for therapeutic purposes, clinical hypnosis, our church is OK with hypnosis to promote improvement (as opposed to stage hypnosis, which our church has spoken out against participating with).
In the most simplistic way, clinical hypnosis can be understood as a therapeutic technique where the hypnotist (sometimes called a “hypnotherapist”) helps the subject to relax, focus, and be led through certain visuals and concepts promoting improvement on issues the client wants improvement with. The idea is that when the client relaxes and focuses on the words of the therapist, their usual conscious resistances and walls to change naturally lower. This “lowering of resistance” allows the client to then become more open and receptive to the positive suggestions for change that follow from the therapist. A conditioning of the mind in this way then naturally leads to positive behavioral, emotional, and psychological improvements afterwards.
With live, traditional hypnosis, the client goes to the therapist’s office, sits or lies down, closes their eyes, and listens and focuses on the therapist from there. In a self-help format, the therapists speaks to the client in a recorded audio form versus live in the office. The quality and effect are usually rather similar to live hypnosis when done well. However, pre-recorded hypnosis has the advantage of allowing the client to listen to the session recording as many times as possible to allow for more improvement through sheer repetition and practice. In short, self-help prerecorded hypnosis can be a useful, helpful resource to promote change and improvement. Therefore, I recommend it, such as by listening to a hypnosis audio before bed each night.
1) Option 1: live hypnosis with a therapist. With this option you find a live qualified hypnotist, preferably possessing a graduate level therapy license (versus just possessing a “certification in hypnosis”, a lower designation to do hypnosis). To find such a qualified hypnotist, I recommend looking one up through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis at www.asch.net.