When a trained and skilful health care professional uses hypnosis, it is called hypnotherapy, because it is used as a therapeutical tool. Patients are not treated with hypnosis, but in hypnosis during a trance state. Hypnosis is used as an adjunct to other existing psychotherapies.

It is also widely accepted that a therapist cannot do with hypnotherapy what cannot be done in using other existing psychotherapeutic modalities. The only, perhaps distinctive feature of hypnotherapy is that the therapeutic goal might be reached quicker, saving time and costs. The reason is that the therapist together with the patient can access traumatic information stored in the subconscious mind, which is defended by the conscious mind.

It is important to know that the patient does not loose control in hypnosis and it is a fallacy that the therapist controls the person in trance. All hypnosis really is self-hypnosis.

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