There’s nothing mysterious about Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy can sometimes feel like it’s shrouded in mystery. Those who don’t work in the industry or those who haven’t tried it before can feel unsure about the practice, and often have questions.
My aim is to eradicate the mystery and show everyone how powerful hypnotherapy can be. It’s important for me to bust the myths so frequently perpetuated by the media and in films. I want to inform as many people as possible about the dynamic ways in which hypnotherapy can be supportive across a wide range of issues and concerns.
I hear the same questions a lot
Below you’ll find a few of the questions I often hear when someone wants to find out more about hypnotherapy. The purpose of this blog post is to answer them as best I can, and encourage more people to consider hypnotherapy as a route to changing their lives for the better.
Can a therapist control me when I’m in a hypnotic state?
This is a common misconception. As a Clinical Hypnotherapist, I’ll always aim to encourage you to enter a deeply relaxed, altered mind-state and communicate with your unconscious. While you’ll be more open to suggestion, you certainly won’t do anything you don’t want to do. Remember, it’s your superior unconscious mind which is really doing the work. Your inner mind will always protect you from harm and reject any negative suggestions.
Contrary to popular belief, you won’t be asleep or unconscious or unaware when you are in the hypnotic trance. Hypnosis is a heightened state of mind in which you can be deeply relaxed yet have a much higher level of suggestibility and focused awareness. We can therefore safely use hypnosis to help change your beliefs and patterns of thinking.
Will I remember what happened during the session?
Many people feel that they are aware of what’s happening throughout their hypnotherapy session, whilst others feel as though they’ve had a nap and don’t remember all of the details. This will vary from person to person, but as a rule people leave their sessions feeling calm, relaxed and centred. I’ll make sure you’re fully awake and aware before you go back outside!
What can hypnotherapy help with?
Hypnotherapy can help with a wide range of concerns, but where it really shines is when a change in habit or behaviour is required. Here are a few reasons why people seek hypnotherapy:
Weight loss – For those looking to be more mindful with their diet and lifestyle, hypnotherapy can help encourage healthier lifestyle choices.
Anxiety – Hypnotherapy can help those living with anxiety to access a calmer state of mind more easily; improving their ability to relax.
Smoking cessation – Powerful at modifying habits, hypnotherapy can be an excellent and effective way to stop smoking; as long as YOU want to!
Addictions – Like smoking, hypnotherapy can support people with addictions to alcohol, drugs, and gambling.
Phobias – Many people find hypnotherapy beneficial in tackling phobias, including fear of flying, agoraphobia, claustrophobia, arachnophobia and many more.
Insomnia – Many people use hypnotherapy to help overcome sleep disorders such as insomnia.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – Hypnotherapy is recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as an effective treatment for IBS.
Will Hypnotherapy work if I’m sceptical?
As mentioned earlier, I won’t be able to make you do anything you don’t want to. Having a willingness to change and possessing an open mind are the real keys to our success. If you go into the session with reluctance or misapprehensions about hypnotherapy, you’re unlikely to get the full benefit from it. That’s why it’s really important for us to have a chat about what to expect before your session.
How many sessions will I need?
This will depend on the type of hypnotherapy you’re having and the nature of the issue you’re seeking help with. Some people may only need one session, while others will require a longer treatment plan. I may also recommend self-hypnosis after your sessions to help you keep up momentum and reinforce the ongoing therapeutic process.
Jamie Tregurtha, Clinical Hypnotherapist