There is some overlap between the two, because both involve entering a naturally
immersive altered state. However, there are a few key differences. During a guided
imagery session, you’re in a purely receptive, listening state (aka, the practitioner is
doing all the talking), whereas hypnosis can involve more two-way interaction.
Hypnosis also tends to be goal-oriented - quitting an undesirable habit, for instance. Guided imagery, although frequently focused on stress relief or relaxation, can also be directed towards achieving a goal, such as transforming a body-centered issue or helping to support the body’s healing resources.