There is no one clear definition of hypnotherapy. Scholars have grappled with the phenomena for centuries. The complexities of hypnosis produce this dilemma as the scores of variables ranging from personality, neuroscience, genetics and social psychology all have an input which influences the outcome.
However as Dr. Michael Yapko undoubtedly one of the world’s leading researchers into hypnosis succinctly suggests that we should be focussing on what hypnosis can do to help the person rather than trying to label and place it neatly into a box.
Neuroscience over recent years has demonstrated that the hypnotized brain functions differently and modest areas of research have emerged, particularly in the wake of establishing “empirically supported treatments”. The Australian Psychological Society now recognizes Hypnotherapy as an adjunct to treatment and can help speed up the healing process.