Hypnotherapy, or Hypnosis, typically involves an introduction to the procedure during which the patient is told that suggestions for imaginative experiences will be presented. To assist a patient in learning how to experience a hypnotic state, he or she is first taught relaxation techniques. During hypnotherapy the patient is guided by the therapist to respond to suggestions for changes in subjective experience, alterations in perception (e.g., pain), emotion (e.g., anxiety), thought, or behavior. Patients consciously remember the hypnotic suggestions following the hypnotherapy sessions. Patients can also learn self-hypnosis, which is the act of administering hypnotic procedures on one’s own.

Hypnotherapy has been demonstrated to be effective with a variety of disorders, such as: