(Also known as clinical hypnosis)
Suggestion therapy is what most people (including references in the press and on television) are referring to when they talk of ‘hypnotherapy’.
Suggestion therapy is exactly as is sounds: you will be relaxed into a very light hypnotic state (most people don't even feel 'hypnotised') and whilst you are in this lovely, calm relaxed state, the therapist will give you some very positively-worded suggestions that will affect whatever symptom(s) you are consulting about. As well as the positive suggestions, you will be taught how to visualise the outcome you desire and you will be given strategies to think and act more positively.
For example, if you were consulting for driving test nerves, you would be given suggestions such as 'you are going to feel calm, relaxed and in full control, during your driving test'; you would then be guided you through your driving test (whilst you are in the hypnotic state), practicing your driving skills in a calm and relaxed way. In effect, you would be 'rehearsing' the outcome that you DESIRE (passing your test in a relaxed and confident manner) rather than 'worrying about what might go wrong'.
On leaving the session (usually only one session is needed) you will be feeling very positive, calm and relaxed, and feeling very differently towards whatever situation or event you were consulting for.
Suggestion therapy has short-term effects (usually lasting a few weeks to a few months) and hence isn't really a life-changing therapy. It IS incredibly powerful, and can be incredibly effective, but usually just for a few weeks. For this reason, this type of therapy is ideally suited to treating the more simple problems and symptoms such as stopping smoking, exam nerves, nail biting, pre-test nerves, flying anxiety, general relaxation, confidence boosting, wedding speech nerves, dentist nerves and slimming (although for long-term weight reduction or weight issues, pure hypnoanalysis is recommended click here for more info on pure hypnoanalysis or weight loss). Suggestion therapy is usually effective immediately, and hence only one or sometimes two sessions would be required.