Hypnosis is the induction of a state of consciousness, in which a person is highly responsive to suggestion or direction. This allows a person, guided by a hypnotherapist, to create new patterns of behaviour, more readily and easily, and to change areas of their personality, or behaviour, which is causing them difficulty in their lives.
Hypnoanalysis is the process of using the state of hypnosis to investigate a person’s subconscious mind, to find out why certain feelings arose, or why troublesome behaviour patterns began, in the first place.
While in the state of hypnosis, a person can receive insight from their subconscious mind as to why they are reacting a certain way to psychological or physical triggers. Often, strong emotions and negative behaviour patterns are a result of something that happened to a person in childhood, or a sudden traumatic experience at any time. The root cause may not be remembered by the person until they enter the hypnotic state. Once it is recalled, the emotions and the behaviour often dissipates quickly, sometimes after just one session.
The subconscious mind represses memories to protect a person from upset in their past. Sometimes it can take a few sessions for the subconscious mind to believe the person is ready to deal with those hurtful incidents. The person, and the hypnotherapist, may have to patiently work through a number of memories and feelings until full insight is gained. That is hypnoanalysis.