10 Common Misconceptions About Hypnotherapy
- Hypnotherapy is a state of unconsciousness
Hypnosis is actually a state of altered consciousness, not unconsciousness, so you remain fully awake, aware and alert. It’s similar to mediation in as much as your concentration becomes more narrow and focused, making you more in tune with your own mind and susceptible to suggestion, but you’re fully awake at all times.
- You lose control
When undertaking hypnotherapy with me there’s no lying on a couch or being ‘put under’. You will sit in a comfortable chair and remain fully in control at all times. After a thorough consultation and discussion of the process, you’ll close your eyes and my voice will gently guide you into a deep, relaxed state. You’ll be aware of your surroundings and can stop at any time. Most people enjoy the feeling of hypnosis and the time it gives them to concentrate on what really matters.
- Childhood events are resurrected against your will
Nothing happens against your will in hypnotherapy. Traumatic memories won’t just start rushing back to you. If you want to deal with a past experience it’s best done gradually and you’ll be in control of what you share at all times.
- Some people can’t be hypnotised
The state of hypnosis isn’t alien to our everyday lives. Upon waking and before sleeping you will probably enter a similar state. It’s not true that some people are completely resistant to hypnotherapy’s benefits, however a person does need to be willing.
- You will reveal your darkest secrets
Not that I suggest you do, but you can still tell lies under hypnosis just like you can in a waking state! It gives you greater access to your own unconscious resources and creativity but you remain in complete control of what you share.
- You won’t remember what happened whilst under hypnosis
It’s natural for your mind to wander during hypnosis, just like a day-dream – so you may be less aware of some parts more than others afterwards. You will be able to remember and recall most of the session and will be able to think about it and continue to benefit afterwards.
- Only the ‘mentally weak’ can undergo hypnosis
In reality, people who are able to concentrate and have a strong sense of creativity are most likely to be successful subjects of hypnotherapy. Every time we daydream, use our imagination, or take on a task with intense concentration, we enter a form of a hypnotic trance.
- Hypnotherapy is a mystical practice
Hypnotherapy is a two way process and does require you to make some effort and have some input. You will be led by me at all times, and it’s a safe space where you can relax.
- There’s no proof that hypnotherapy works
Hypnotherapy’s effectiveness has been proven again and again, and a variety of medical and scientific organisations — including the American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, British Medical Association, and British Psychological Society — have independently endorsed hypnotherapy as a valid form of treatment. Many studies actually show hypnotherapy to be more effective than psychoanalysis and behaviour therapy.
- Hypnotherapy is only a short-term solution
Because hypnotherapy addresses the root of problems and instigates real behaviour changes it’s much more than just short term relaxation or mood alteration. The effects stay in place long after the sessions end so you can rely on it for a long term solution.
If you’d like to discuss any of these points further or book a free consultation please do get in touch to learn more about hypnotherapy and what it could do for you.