How is Hypnosis Different From Talk Therapy?

Hypnosis vs. Talk Therapy

Hypnosis vs Talk Therapy

A lot of people wonder, what is the difference between hypnosis vs talk therapy?

To be fair, no two practitioners of any modality will practice talk therapy or hypnotherapy in the same way.

So I will be discussing my approach to hypnotherapy in this article.

Difference #1: I specialize in brief interventions.

I specialize in brief change work. That means, that if you are like my average client, we are going to work together 4-10 sessions to solve your problem.  While some people choose to work with me longer.  Most clients get the help they need FAST!

That is the benefit of working with someone who specializes in RAPID CHANGE!

My commitment is to help you reach your goals as quickly as you can.

Difference #2: Getting The Heart and Mind To Work Together

The second difference between traditional talk therapy and hypnotherapy can be significant. While this is an oversimplification, talk therapy focuses on logically understanding the problem and often learning to live with the problem you came into therapy to resolve.

If you are like most of my clients, you already logially understand that you have a problem, but you still can’t control that problem and no amount of talk has changed that.

For example, consider the woman eats chocolate cake at night while watching “The Biggest Loser,” feeling guilty about eating the chocolate because she knows on one level that she shouldn’t be doing it; on an emotional level, she knows the cake soothes her emotions.

The man looks at pornography knowing his wife is offended by his behavior; on one level he wants to stop, on another, he seems drawn to the behavior.

The smoker smokes, despite the constant bombardment from his doctor and the media about the ill effects of smoking.

In short, human beings are NOT always driven by logic… thank you, Mr. Spock.

The main goal of hypnotherapy as I practice it is to get the logical conscious mind and emotional subconscious mind to work together.

The logical conscious mind and the emotional subconscious mind have very different needs, however.

That is what I do–help you change the way you want to change as quickly as you can.

Hypnotherapy has incredibly powerful tools to help the conscious and subconscious work together to solve a problem, to reach a goal.

Difference #3: I Don’t Diagnose Mental Health Disorders

The third difference is that a talk therapist diagnoses and treats mental health disorders.

I don’t.

I think it is more important to solve a problem than it is to name a problem.  But if you feel like you need a diagnosis, you need to find a doctor or psychologist who can help you.

If you want someone to help you solve your problem, you will probably want to contact the office for a consultation.

The Bottom Line

My goal is to help you reach your personal and professional goals.


I wouldn’t say that hypnotherapy is better than talk therapy.

I just want you to find the right kind of help.  The kind of help that will actually get you the results you need.

What I do is quite different than what you will find in most psychologists’ offices and for good reason: the psychologist specializes in working with mental health disorders and disease.

I do not.

I specialize in working with average people with real life problems.

Do you want to lose weight? I can help.

Do you want to break a habit?  I can help.

Do you want to reduce stress?  I can help.

Do you want to conquer a fear? I can help.

The average psychologist teaches you to work with the rational conscious mind and I teach you to work to change your subconscious mind.

Rather than looking at what I do in opposition to the field of psychology, I view myself as a powerful complement to the field of psychology who enjoys a unique approach to change.

If you have any additional questions, you might find the answer here: Frequently Asked Questions.

Or you might want to reach out to the office and contact us.

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