Before you read any further, let me tell you what Hypnotherapy is NOT. Hypnotherapy is not stage Hypnotism. The key word here is ‘Therapy’. Stage Hypnotism is for entertainment and the Hypnotist has no duty of care toward his subjects either before or after the ‘performance’. HypnoTHERAPY is just that, a therapy. Hypnotherapy has a duty of care to you.
During your Hypnotherapy session you will always be aware of what is happening and always in control. There will be no ‘chicken dances’ at the click of a finger with Hypnotherapy!
It is a therapeutic practice designed to help you to resolve issues which are troubling you, be they mental, physical or emotional or even just because you think you have something to explore. Hypnotherapy is recognised and referred to by the NHS and has been practiced successfully with amazing results for hundreds of years. It isn’t new, or ‘out there’ but it could be exactly what you need. Take a look at our FAQ’s and remember, if you have any questions of your own the answer is just an email away.
HYPNOSIS IS CAUSED BY THE POWER OF THE HYPNOTIST AND HYPNOTISTS CAN WORK MIRACLES
The hypnotist may use his or her communication and rapport building skills, making it more likely that the subject will accept guidance through a suggested experience, but only to the degree that the subject allows it.
Amazing things may happen during hypnosis; however, this is, again, due to the willingness of the subject. It is clearly a relationship of mutual responsiveness.
ONLY CERTAIN KINDS OF PEOPLE CAN BE HYPNOTIZED
There are some people more difficult to induce hypnosis in than others, but this does not mean they are less capable of being hypnotized. It merely indicates their resistance for one of many possible reasons, (e.g. fear of losing control, difficulty in distinguishing internal states such as relaxation or tension, negative situational factors, fear of change etc.).
Once the resistance is identified and resolved, the subject becomes able to experience hypnosis satisfactorily.
ONCE SOMEONE HAS BEEN HYPNOTIZED THEY CAN NO LONGER RESIST IT
This is, of course, not true. If a subject chooses not to go into hypnosis, for whatever reason, then he or she will not. Previous experience with hypnosis, good or bad, is not the sole determining factor of whether hypnosis is accomplished or not. Even the most responsive subjects can refuse to follow the suggestion of a hypnotist if they choose to.
PEOPLE CAN BE MADE TO SAY OR DO THINGS AGAINST THEIR WILL OR MADE TO ACT IN AN ANTISOCIAL MANNER IN HYPNOSIS
Since the subject retains ultimate control of his or herself, it is not possible to hypnotize someone against their will. For example, if the subject does not already have anti-social behaviour traits, it is not possible to induce antisocial behaviour in hypnosis. It is true that brainwashing and other untoward influences exist. However, the conditions necessary to effect such a powerful influence do not typically surface in the therapeutic context, nor are those conditions in and of themselves hypnosis, and they are quite far removed from the ethical and sensitive applications of hypnosis promoted in hypnotherapy.
I MIGHT GET STUCK IN HYPNOSIS AND NOT AWAKEN
Hypnosis is a state of focused attention, either inwardly or outwardly directed. The subject can initiate or terminate the experience any time he or she chooses and is in complete control.
I CAN’T RELAX, THEREFORE I CANNOT BE HYPNOTIZED
Since hypnosis is a state of concentrated attention you can be anxious, even in deep suspense and still be focused. Thus, physical relaxation is not a necessary prerequisite for hypnosis to occur.
PEOPLE ARE ASLEEP OR UNCONSCIOUS WHEN IN HYPNOSIS
Hypnosis is not sleep. Although physically there is decreased activity, muscle relaxation, slowed breathing, etc., the subject is relaxed yet alert mentally, with a level of awareness of what is going on around them. Even in deep hypnosis the subject is aware of external reality to some degree. Archaic phrases like ‘sleep deeply’ are not relevant to the subject’s experience and so should not be used.
HYPNOSIS MAY BE USED TO ACCURATELY RECALL EVERYTHING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED TO YOU
The mind does not simply take in an experience and store it in the exact form for accurate recall later. In fact, memories are stored on the basis of perceptions; therefore, they are subject to many of the same distortions as perceptions. People can remember things that did not actually happen, they can remember selected fragments of an experience and they can take bits and pieces of multiple memories and continue them into one false memory.
HYPNOTIZED PEOPLE WILL GIVE AWAY SECRETS AND ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH
Hypnosis will not compel a person to tell secrets or share any other information if they don’t want to. People under hypnosis can purposely lie or recall information in a distorted manner as noted above.
HYPNOSIS WILL NOT WORK ON HIGHLY INTELLIGENT PEOPLE
Innate characteristics of people such as intelligence do not have any effect on the hypnotisability of a person. People can resist being hypnotized on demand either actively or passively regardless of their intellectual capacity.