Misconceptions of Hypnotherapy

Posted on 19th July 2019

Hypnotherapy is not the same as the stage hypnosis you may have seen in films, TV shows or magicians’ performances. Instead, Hypnotherapy is recognised by NICE and is an effective way to transform your mindset and decision-making processes. It is a great option for anyone who is looking to adapt their mindset but is not sure how to do so on their own. However, due to over exaggerations often portrayed in films and TV shows, there are often many misconceptions. We’re here to explain those and rule out any worries you may have about Hypnotherapy. 


1. You never lose control 


One of the main misconceptions about Hypnotherapy is that, when you are in a session, you will lose all control and be completely at the hands of the therapist. This is not true for many reasons. Hypnotherapy is a state of relaxation and focused attention where you are able to be guided into healthier thought processes by suggestions and goals previously agreed with your therapist. This is achieved by hypnosis, mindfulness and other relaxation techniques. Like in everyday life, when you are under hypnosis you cannot be made to do anything you do not want to do. You are in control and can reject any ideas that do not feel comfortable to you. However, the therapist will ensure that the suggestions made to you under hypnosis are ones that you will accept and be happy with.


2. Hypnotherapy is a treatment 


Hypnotherapy is recognised as an effective treatment.  It is a process that allows you to alter the way you think about and approach problems that are often connected with stress and anxiety. It focuses your mind by suggesting healthier behaviours whilst providing you with positive coping techniques. 


3. Meditation = Hypnotherapy 


Whilst they both allow you to enter a state of calmness, meditation and hypnotherapy are not the same thing. Meditation focuses on emptying the mind of thoughts and images. Whereas, Hypnotherapy aims to enhance suggestibility and alter mindsets. 

4. You are relaxed, not asleep or unconscious 


This is another common misconception about Hypnotherapy. When under hypnosis you are not asleep or unconscious. Instead, you are in a very relaxed state of mind in which you are more able to receive positive suggestions which will alter your existing, negative thought processes. You are still in control whilst under hypnosis and can exit this state when you please. 


Hypnotherapy is a common form of therapy and can be very useful for things like stopping smoking, stress and anxiety relief, phobias, fears, low confidence, weight management and insomnia. 


If you have any questions about Hypnotherapy and how it could benefit you, please do not hesitate to get in touch. 

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