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Hypnotherapy - sorting fact from myth

 Picture this: two people meet for the first time.  “What do you do?”.  Me – “I’m a hypnotherapist”.

Then one of two things will happen.  They will either lean in “oh that sounds interesting tell me more” or they will lean back thinking you’re going to control their mind and make them sing like Elvis.

Ok maybe this is a bit exaggerated but not much.  So let’s get the first misconception cleared up.

  • The hypnosis you see on TV is NOT, I repeat NOT, hypnotherapy.  The hypnosis you see on TV and stage is purely for entertainment.  Hypnotherapy requires a ‘therapy’ element, so something that you want to improve, change or stop doing and that’s why what you see on TV/stage is not hypnotherapy.

  • And to be really clear: professional hypnotherapists commit to professional standards and will only carry out the therapy that has been agreed with you.  If you want to stop biting your nails, that will be the therapy in the session, so you won’t sing like Elvis or bark like a dog. 

Glad we’ve got that one sorted.  Let’s clear up the bit about mind control.

  • Hypnotherapists do not control your mind.  During hypnotherapy you are aware of what is going on and your mind will only do what it feels safe doing.  Therefore a hypnotherapist cannot make you do anything that deep down you really don’t want to do.  So if you think your hypnotherapy session hasn’t worked, ask yourself, did you deep down want to change that habit you were having therapy for?

Your hypnotherapist will use hypnosis in your session before working on the therapeutical part of the session.  This leads to questions like, surely I’m just asleep?  If I’m asleep what if I snore?  Well,

  • It’s possible you may sleep very deeply during your hypnotherapy session, that’s ok.  The therapy can still work.  I take it as a compliment if a client falls asleep.

  • And yes, some of my clients have snored.  That’s ok too.  It usually doesn’t last long.  So if you snore, don’t worry about it.

Which leads to the next question, what if I’m so deeply asleep that you can’t wake me up? 

  • Be assured you will wake up.  When I wake up on a morning, I need a few minutes to ‘come round’.  For some people it’s the same with ending a hypnotherapy session.  I always tell my clients to stay still once they’ve woken up, give them a glass of water and give them time to process the session and we have a chat about what they experienced.

Hypnotherapy is an effective and easily accessible therapy for many people (yes, I know I’m biased).  You can also check out my blog on why choose complementary therapies and tips on choosing a hypnotherapist:

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Ruth Richards is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Intuitive Coach working with people to create new habits for a better life.

Ruth is a Registered Practitioner of the General Hypnotherapy Register and Accredited Practitioner of the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council.

Ruth Richards