There’s no surprise that hypnosis comes with an array of myths and legends, especially with the way it’s portrayed in mainstream media and movies. The most common theme we often see is a person being put into an unconscious trance and losing complete control over their mind and body. It’s no surprise that some people are completely put off by the idea, but for those of you who are on the fence, we’re here to debunk some of the common myths surrounding hypnotherapy. Let’s dive in.
Hypnotherapy is mind control
This is probably one of the most common misconceptions we come across and it’s about time it was put right! Anyone undergoing hypnosis does so by choice and remains completely in control of their autonomy. They still have the ability to break the hypnotic state and it’s within our best practice to ensure that anyone taking part doesn’t do anything they aren’t comfortable with.
Hypnotherapy is less about mind control, and more about reprogramming the subconscious patterns and behaviours that are preventing you achieving what you want to achieve.
You are helpless under hypnotherapy
This is simply not true. No one is helpless under hypnosis. We can’t make anyone do anything they wouldn’t normally do. You are completely in touch with your values and typical behaviours. It is, however, possible to reduce inhibitions so you are ready to accept suggestions offered to help your particular situation to achieve the desired outcome.
Hypnotherapy is a one and done service
Hypnotherapy isn’t a quick fix or a stand alone service. The time it takes to change your thoughts and behaviours mostly depends on how receptive you are to the practice. As time goes on, the more sessions you have, the more receptive you become. As with all things, change takes time and progress doesn’t always happen overnight. It’s recommended that you have a few sessions, paired with other forms of therapy or self help to really get the most out of your visits.
Hypnotherapy is a mystical practice
Another common myth is that hypnotherapy is steeped in mysticism, but it’s actually a recognised clinical practice, just like other forms of therapy such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or Neuro Linguistic Therapy (NLP). It’s an incredibly powerful tool to help you change your negative patterns, thoughts and behaviours for so many different things. With a trained clinician, you can get amazing results.
Hypnotherapy is a standalone treatment
Although hypnosis is a great tool, it’s often used alongside other techniques. This completely depends on your situation, it could be other forms of therapy such as those mentioned above, or it could simply be lifestyle changes, like going to the gym, changing your diet and even medication. When paired with something that works for you, you will not only see faster results, but long lasting results.
Now that we’ve put those pesky rumours to rest, we hope you feel a lot more confident in your decision to go ahead with your hypnotherapy journey. If you said yes, get in touch with us and let’s talk about how we can help you.