Myth busters!
(or F.A.Q.s)

"The Hypnotherapist will control my mind”.  

 

   Fact: Hypnosis is not mind control and is akin to daydreaming, when our critical, conscious mind, quietens for a moment and our subconscious comes to the fore. As a Therapist, all I am doing is helping to facilitate this trance state by keeping the client focussed on their breath. Hypnosis is a little bit like a guided meditation. Clients are in control and aware of what is happening.

“The Hypnotherapist will make me quack like a duck or do something else against my will”.

 

Fact: The client is in control at all times. Just like when we are daydreaming, someone else can’t automatically suggest something to us that would normally go against our normal behaviour without us being aware of the suggestion. In any case, why would I even if I could?

“Hypnotherapy is nothing more than new age “quackery” and pseudo-science”.

 

Fact: Hypnosis and the Hypnotic state have been with us for thousands of years. Hypnotherapy is backed by science and continues to embrace advances made in the fields of neuro-science and Psychology etc. Hypnotherapy is arguably the most effective Psychotherapy currently available to the general public.

“If I get hypnotised I may not be able to snap out of it”.

 

Fact: Hypnosis is safe and is like being in a state of focussed, relaxation. However, you are still in control of how you sense your surroundings and any emergency, or sudden sound, will make you “snap out of it”. This is why I instruct clients to turn their phones off (lesson learnt!). As listening to my voice is what helps you get to a deeply relaxed state, my voice instructs and brings you gently back to full awareness.

“I don’t think I have the right type of mind to be hypnotised”.

 

Fact: We all go through natural hypnotic states at least twice a day; just before falling asleep and just before waking up. Those “twilight zones” are exactly what hypnosis is. Daydreaming is the same and we can ALL daydream. In Hypnotherapy, I act as a facilitator of this trance state so as to give a client’s subconscious benevolent suggestions.

“I think my mind is too stubborn to be hypnotised.

 

Fact: If a client really doesn’t want to be hypnotised, then I can’t hypnotise them. All hypnosis is based on a consent state between the client and me. A certain amount of trust and rapport needs to be established before we start any hypnosis. I always get a client’s consent and any questions or reservations are addressed before we start any hypnosis. Every client of mine is given a pre-session handout explaining exactly what Hypnosis is and how I approach Therapy.

“Hypnosis can make me stop thinking, or acting, a certain way straight away. Just like how stage Hypnotists get people to do crazy things onstage”

 

Fact: Hypnosis is simply a means to an end and a tool for Therapy. It is not like a vending machine where one hands over some money and can expect an instant result. Every individual develops their own form of therapy and makes progress at their own rate, in their own time. Be wary of anyone that proclaims to be able to “fix” your problems in one session.

“Hypnosis will make me confess and give up all of my secrets”.

 

Fact: Firstly, all sessions are confidential. Secondly, Hypnosis cannot force someone to disclose secrets or any information that a client wishes to remain hidden. Lastly, whether a client lies to me or not is irrelevant, as I don’t need to find the answers; the client does. It is simply my role to help a client ask themselves the right questions. It also serves no purpose because one can’t lie to one’s own subconscious. There is no judgement in my sessions, only a collaborative investigation into how someone is processing what has happened to them that has caused them to think, feel and behave in a manner that they feel isn’t serving their higher purpose.

“After being Hypnotised, I didn’t recall anything the Therapist said to me, so I don’t think it worked”.

 

Fact: Not recalling much of what I have said to a client in trance is a good indication that a client has gone very deep into hypnosis. Don’t worry if you can’t consciously be able to remember what was said. Your subconscious was who I was talking to, and it remembers!

“I’ve downloaded some Hypnosis scripts and some hypnosis tracks from the net. I don’t need to go to a therapist”.

 

Fact: All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, but HypnoTHERAPY is more than just being able to invoke the hypnotic trance upon oneself. A trained Therapist will help guide a client through the journey to finding not only the answers to their questions, but also to reframing negative thought processes so as to maintain good mental health. A trained Therapist will help a person reach their potential in living life in line with their true values and beliefs.

“I really don’t want some stranger digging around my brain, doing who knows what!”.

 

Fact: In my sessions, it is the client that “digs around their brain”, not me. My role is to get the client to ask THEMSELVES the right questions because it is THEIR subconscious that has the answers. It’s not for me to “guess” or “suggest”; in fact it is unproductive to do so as it can lead to false memories. We respond to our own inspirations and creative, innovative thoughts more so than from third party suggestions, so it is my job to get a client to respond to these “Aha!” lightbulb moments.