A lot of people are reluctant to try hypnotherapy, often due to the myths that surround it.
Stage hypnosis tends to give the impression that hypnotherapy is all abound control but in a therapeutic setting, this is definitely not the case.
Here are some of the key things to know about hypnotherapy and how it could help you to overcome a range of issues.
Your Hypnotherapist is Not Controlling You
One of the biggest myths about hypnosis is that you are completely at the mercy of your hypnotherapist and that they can convince you to do anything they choose.
In reality, this is actually impossible. A hypnotherapist doesn’t have the power to tap into your mind like this and tell you what to do or act in a way that isn’t in your character.
They can make suggestions for you to use in the future but ultimately, your mind will decide whether to actually take them on board.
Stage hypnosis is a different animal to therapeutic hypnosis, and this is what fuels a lot of the misconceptions about hypnotherapy. During a stage show, the participants are carefully selected to make sure that they are the type of person who is likely to be receptive to the messages that they’re given by the hypnotist. Throw in the fact that the suggestions aren’t actually out of character for them and it’s easy to see why they seem as though they’re being controlled.
You Go Into Deep Concentration Mode
Another myth about hypnosis is that you’re “out of it” during a trance. A trance is simply a form of very deep focus and concentration, and it’s nothing to be afraid of. A qualified and well trained hypnotherapist can bring you out of a trance quickly and easily so there’s no chance that you’ll get stuck in a trance (as some people fear!).
You probably enter into some kind of trance everyday without even realising it, just by watching television or concentrating hard on the road ahead while driving. It’s also similar to the feeling of being half awake and half asleep as you’re nodding off.
It’s Not a Quick Fix
Some issues can be treated in just one session but for the most part, it’s likely that you’ll need quite a few sessions for hypnotherapy to be an effective therapy. It’s common too for hypnotherapy to work alongside counselling as a treatment option, rather than being a standalone solution, especially for issues that are long standing or have quite complicated factors that are causing them or exaggerating them.