What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is simply hypnosis used in a therapeutic context, rather than, for example stage hypnosis, which is simply designed to entertain.
Is hypnosis like sleeping?
No. In hypnosis, you are aware and in control of your actions whereas when you are asleep, you are not aware of your surroundings and cannot make voluntary actions.
Hypnosis is an artificially induced state of relaxation and focused concentration. Sleep is a naturally occurring, physiological form of rest in which the metabolic rate is decreased.
Will I lose control?
No, you remain in control the whole time and will only integrate those suggestions that are useful and appropriate for you.
How long does therapy usually last? What does it involve?
This is a very commonly asked question, but one that is difficult to answer precisely. Therapy can last for just a few sessions (solution- focused ) or for many years (psychoanalysis). It depends on the type of therapy, the nature of your problem as well as your goals for therapy.
Ultimately, you have the choice and can decide how long you wish to work with a therapist. You may prefer a long-term, broader and more in depth approach; whereas others look to having fewer sessions to work on a specific issue. This can be followed up if and when it is needed.
What is the difference between a counsellor, a psychologist, and a psychiatrist?
The main differences between these three mental health care workers is their training and educational background. Despite these differences, all three can be psychotherapists!
A psychiatrist is a medically trained doctor, who has specialized in psychiatry. He/she can prescribe medication.
A psychologist has a four year psychology degree and has done an internship. He/she cannot prescribe medication. A counsellor does not need to have an undergraduate degree in either medicine or psychology. They cannot prescribe medication. counsellors generally work with problems of normal living rather than severe mental illness.