Hypnosis is one of those things shrouded in misunderstanding, by both many therapists and lay-persons alike. All too often the term Hypnotherapy is used in place of what I call Suggestion Therapy. This happens so much so, that the two are considered to be the same thing. Suggestion Therapy may be conducted with or without hypnosis. However when it is conducted with hypnosis, the suggestions are more likely to be accepted and acted upon because the critical faculty of the mind is bypassed.
In the hypnotic state, beneficial suggestions take hold in your subconscious mind to give you greater control over yourself and your life. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. I merely facilitate the process.
Hypnosis as a therapeutic tool has been used for centuries, and increasingly is being used in conjunction with orthodox medicine. The American Medical Association officially recognizes its therapeutic value and is constantly gaining more insight through its development and use in conjunction with modern medicine.
It is safe, practical, and effective and achieves positive change in a short time period. Hypnosis in itself is not a therapy; rather a therapy using various approaches is conducted in hypnosis. Hypnosis facilitates access to your subconscious mind. By accessing your subconscious mind, you gain greater self-insight and a deeper understanding of the reasons you respond or react to certain situations. While in the state of hypnosis you learn to alter your perceptions of and reactions to previously difficult situations. Both the cause and answer to your problem can be found in the subconscious mind. All too often people apply conscious will power to overcome problems. Few succeed. However, when hypnotherapy is used as a therapeutic tool, the pay-offs can be astounding.
Hypnosis provides access to your subconscious mind. This access may be used to offer beneficial suggestions. It may also be used to retrieve memories and beliefs to gain insight into the drivers and cause of the problem. The state of hypnosis helps with mental rehearsal techniques to habituate new behaviours or to cultivate positive qualities.
Common Misconceptions of Hypnosis Explained & Questions Answered
Yes. Anyone (except the mentally impaired) can be hypnotized.
No. You are always in control. If a suggestion, which is against your morals or beliefs, were given, you would come out of trance immediately
No. You are completely aware of your surroundings. In fact your sense of hearing and smell are more sensitive while in hypnosis. Electronic readings show that hypnosis is closer to the waking state than sleep.
No. You are in complete control and reveal only what you wish.
You can no more get stuck in hypnosis than you can get stuck in a day dream.