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Updated February 27, 2013

Definition: Hypnotherapy is a clinical technique to treat physical disease or psychological issues through the use of hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is conducted by a licensed hypnotherapist, and can be part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Benefits of hypnotherapy include the absence of side effects, long-term results, and the relaxation experienced during treatment.

During hypnosis, the therapist helps the patient to enter a deep state of relaxation. During this relaxed state, therapeutic goals can be undertaken, such as treating phobias, exploring emotions, and altering detrimental thought patterns.

Hypnotherapy is often used after a patient has been unresponsive to treatment with traditional medical treatment, such as diet or medication.

Pronunciation: hip-noh-THER-uh-pee
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