What is the difference between guided meditation and hypnotherapy?

Guided meditation and hypnotherapy are both relaxation techniques that can induce a state of altered consciousness. Guided meditation is a practice that involves focusing the mind on a specific image, sound, or sensation, while the facilitator provides guidance through spoken word. The goal of guided meditation is to help the individual relax and achieve a state of mindfulness. 

In contrast, hypnotherapy is a therapeutic technique that uses guided relaxation and focused attention to access the subconscious mind and create positive changes in behavior and emotions. The hypnotherapist will induce a trance state in the client, allowing them to bypass the critical conscious mind and access the subconscious, where negative patterns and beliefs can be addressed and replaced with positive ones. While both techniques can be used to achieve relaxation and promote well-being, hypnotherapy has a more specific therapeutic goal.