Although Hypnotherapy has grown and developed in recent years it is still very much a misunderstood therapeutic treatment. Some of my clients come to me as a last resort – they have tried counselling, psychotherapy or CBT (often for months or years) with little or no success. As they begin to research hypnosis they begin to view hypnotherapy as a viable treatment option to create change in their life. They may still be a little unsure. I have been in therapy for years – how can you help me when counselling hasn’t.
So I wanted to break down some myths and misconceptions about hypnotherapy so you can see the real potential hypnosis has to offer you in your life, work and relationships.
Hypnosis Myth 1: It’s just about relaxation
There is a powerful therapeutic and personal growth component to hypnosis which supports you to create real changes in your mind, thoughts, builds resources and creates new behavioural patterns.
Hypnosis Myth 2: Hypnotherapy can only help stop smoking or weight loss
It’s important to note that not all hypnotherapist are trained or experienced to work with complex issues. To work at the level I do, I completed 2 years hypnotherapy training, 2 years counselling and psychotherapy training, as well as training in mind-body connection, mind-sets, sex therapy over the past ten years (just to name a few!).
Hypnosis Myth 3: I will lose control
Hypnosis is not about control – it’s about working together in a collaborated way, to communicating and working with your unconscious mind and working together in a way meaningful way to create the changes you seek.
Hypnosis Myth 4: Hypnosis is a one session quick fix
Hypnosis Myth 5: Hypnosis takes the same time as traditional talking therapy
The therapeutic application of hypnosis is more focused on the present day, giving you the skills and resources to change your life. There are times of course we need to return back to the past for healing – but we don’t stay there session upon session. Hypnosis allows the individual to find the answers they seek and create changes within a much quicker time frame than traditional talking therapies.