Myths and Facts about Clinical Hypnosis
Updated: Feb 12
How does hypnotherapy work?
Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis for therapeutic purposes. During a hypnotherapy session, clients are guided through a process (called induction) to induce a state of highly focused attention that facilitates change. This altered state of mind helps to focus clients' minds and respond more readily to suggestions given by the therapist. Every suggestion used in a session is designed to assist clients in achieving their therapeutic goals. When the hypnotherapeutic process is complete, the practitioner will wake you up and bring you back to full consciousness.
What conditions can hypnotherapy help with?
Hypnotherapy can help with many different challenges and conditions. These include, but are not limited to: anxiety, stress, PTSD, childhood trauma, low self-esteem, depression, phobias, sleep difficulties and a lack of purpose in life. By reprogramming your mind, hypnotherapy can bring about the wellbeing you desire and deserve.
The 4 key myths about hypnotherapy.
#1 Hypnotists can control people's minds.
Each client is in control and power to choose or reject hypnotherapist’s suggestions. The clinician has only control or influence over the hypnotised client if the client allows them. Hypnosis is an interactive process, where nothing can happen without client’s agreement or involvement. All clients, including the most responsive ones have a capacity to follow or reject hypnotic suggestions according to their own will and at any time.
#2 You're unconscious or asleep when hypnotised.
The hypnotic phenomenon has nothing to do with sleep. Clients may indeed look as if they were asleep (e.g. eyes closed, minimal physical movement), but from a neuroscientific standpoint, they are focused and alert. Hypnosis is a process requiring mental immersion, absorption, engagement and concentration of the person being hypnotised.
#3 Hypnosis can be dangerous to your health.
Hypnosis is neither good or bad in itself. It’s a process where via voluntarily accepting suggestions we reprogram our belief system and shape our subjective reality. Depending on the person who practises hypnosis and the nature of the suggestions, hypnosis may be used to treat or harm. Normally, the hypnotic experience should feel relaxing and absorbing at the same time, slowing down heart rate and breathing. These and other physiological changes associated with hypnotic states contribute to stress reduction and are beneficial to our well-being.
#4 Hypnosis is simply a state of relaxation.
Physical relaxation might be used as a facilitator to inducing complex hypnotic experiences, such as age regression, but it's not an essential element of the treatment. In therapeutic work, relaxation is usually incorporated as part of the intervention due to its calming properties that are conducive to rapport building, faster access to client’s personal resources and encourage cooperation. Moreover, majority of clients who see hypnotherapists, expect relaxation as a part of therapeutic process.
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