About Hypnotherapy

Common misconceptions

Now let us dispel the myths about hypnosis and hypnotherapy with a series of honest statements based on the most frequently asked questions.

You are not asleep

You are not asleep

One of the common words we see used by street performers and stage hypnotists is the word 'sleep' to induce hypnotic trance. The common misconception here then is that the participant is 'asleep'. This is not the case. The word has simply been installed as a trigger to allow the individual to enter hypnosis more easily. Much of this work has been done prior to the show. It can be argued however, that the increased level of focus and self-awareness within hypnosis actually means you are more awake!! Regardless, the truth is you are fully aware of all that is going on and in some respects this is important to the process.

If by any chance I suspect that you have fallen asleep during our sessions then I may well have to poke you with a stick!!

You ARE in control

You are in control

Another common misconception is that I can install a trigger that can make you behave like a river dancing chicken whenever I click my fingers. This misconception is generated mainly from those who use hypnosis as means of entertainment. However, in reality YOU are in full control of what is happening the whole time and I simply cannot make you do anything that you do not wish to do. This is why having a high level of motivation for to achieve your goals is so important to the therapeutic process.

You are free to emerge from hypnosis at any time you wish!! Some people fear that they might 'get stuck' but this is simply cannot happen. You are extremely safe and in full control the whole time.

You WILL remember the experience (in most cases)

You will remember

Despite all of the research within hypnotherapy in recent years, movies and TV shows still present hypnosis in such a way as to suggest the subject will leave the session with NO MEMORY of it whatsoever. The classic line is "and when I click my fingers you will wake up and have no recollection of the session". However, in most cases, this is simply not true. Personally, I would prefer you to remember our sessions together so they can continue to have powerful and positive effects on your daily life. What good would it be if you could not remember it?

On the other hand however, there are some people who are more susceptible to achieving a greater hypnotic depth or focus and on very rare occasions some mild amnesia may be experienced. It is important to say here that evidence shows that the level of depth/focus experienced does not have any impact upon therapeutic success. You are also likely to find that the more you practice self-hypnosis the more skilled you will become at it and you will develop your hypnotic abilities. This is something that I teach you very comprehensively in our sessions

You CAN be hypnotised

You can be hypnotised

I am going to be a little controversial here and state that anybody can experience hypnosis. I was once one of those people who walked around claiming that I could not be hypnotised. Sure, once somebody tried it on me and guess what? I could 'not' be hypnotised. But what really happened here? I simply did not want to be hypnotised so I could prove that I was right in my original thinking. It was a self-fulfilling prophecy. I made it as awkward as possible for the therapist and ended up coming out of the session feeling really pleased with myself for how right I was. (as you can imagine, my attitude did very little to help me overcome my problems at the time!!)

Now all of these years later I am a hypnotherapist and use self-hypnosis on a regular basis to assist me in all kinds of things! What changed? I simply decided that I WANTED to experience the benefits of hypnosis and that I wanted to be hypnotised. I was therefore better able to relax and go with the flow as opposed to putting up resistance.

However, it is common that some people who have fears about losing control, or who struggle with relaxation in general might experience difficulty in achieving great depth of hypnosis initially. This is something we work on in therapy, and why I encourage practice outside of sessions by teaching you powerful self-hypnosis techniques.

It is NOT a magic cure

Its not a magic cure

Yes that's right. Sorry to say but I cannot simply throw a magic gesture your direction and then all of your problems will just disappear. I wish more than anything that I could, but sadly it does not work like that.

The key to successful therapy is a successful therapeutic relationship and this is born out of us working together. In its most basic terms, YOU must be engaged with the process as well as ME. Although I am your coach and guide, we are also working as a team. Please do not expect to visit me once, simply lay back in my chair without participating and then not complete the tasks I set between sessions and still get positive results. Your motivation and desire to meet your goals is important.

Although I will never push you beyond your limits, I will at times require you to engage in processes that may challenge you slightly, such as completing tasks between sessions and putting the effort in during the application of interventions. I want to emphasise this here so we start of on the right foot. This will all help me to help you to help yourself discover the you that you want to be and to achieve your goals. You can read more about this in.

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