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Hypnotherapy - exploding the myths
As a professional hypnotherapist I have compiled this brief guide in an attempt to provide you with a better understanding of what hypnotherapy is and how it is used in a professional and ethical way in order to help clients realise their desires. The common myths surrounding the subject have been dispelled and answers to some of the most frequent questions are given.
Without doubt the most common misconceptions are:
- I won't be in control
- I'll reveal my innermost secrets
- I won't know what's happening
- I could get 'stuck'
- None of the above are true. Let's deal with them one by one...
'I won't be in control'
The fear here is that the therapist will dominate the mind of the client. In actual fact, a subject under hypnosis will reject any suggestion given that they would not usually accept in a normal state of conscious awareness. Real control lies with the client, the therapist only directs the power of hypnosis and triggers the clients resources and abilities. Post hypnotic suggestions will always be agreed with the client before the session commences and the therapist is a member of a professional association who subscribes to an ethical code of conduct.
'I'll reveal my innermost secrets'
No, you won't. Again, it's a common misconception that you will talk freely as if you had been given a 'truth drug'. Subjects will not reveal anything to the therapist that they would not normally share. In a suggestive therapy session eg smoking cessation, weight loss, confidence/ego boosting, phobias etc clients are not expected to talk during the session.
'I won't know what is happening'
The fear here is that the subject will enter a state akin to unconsciousness. The accepted definition of hypnosis is that it is an 'altered state of conscious awareness' with the emphasis very much on the words 'conscious awareness'. This will be a surprise to many people who may have thought that the client would have no recall of events which took place during the session.
'I could get stuck'
More commonly expressed as 'what happens to me if something happens to you?' The fear is that the client will be left permanently in a state of hypnosis never to return to the conscious world. The hypnotic state is restricted to the condition between the therapist and client. If something happened to break that link the client would terminate hypnosis of his or her own accord.
So, having dispelled the myths for you, let me answer your next question. Hypnosis is a profoundly relaxing experience during which you will experience a total release of stress or anxiety. After a session you'll feel refreshed, relaxed and possess an acute sense of well-being.
I'm willing to bet that you've been on the verge of hypnosis and not realised it. Ever stared into the embers of a coal or log fire and just 'lost yourself' for a few moments? If so, you've been to the very edge of the hypnotic state. A marvellously relaxed feeling wasn't it? Well, that's the goal of every hypnotherapist - to take you to that extremely relaxed state, known as 'Hypnoidal'and 'tip you over' into the next stage which is light hypnosis. If no therapist was present you would normally fall fast asleep. Remember though that hypnosis is very different from sleep. You'll be aware of your surroundings and remember everything that happened during your session.
Without doubt, hypnotherapists are the masters of deep relaxation technique and clients will experience a far greater sense of relaxation than with any other therapy. I thoroughly recommend it to you as a safe, extremely effective, totally natural and perhaps the most elegant therapy suitable for a variety of conditions and personal desires. Should you have any questions regarding hypnotherapy and hypnosis please feel free to e-mail me - I'll try to answer them for you.