About Hypnotherapy

Deep relaxation

A trance-like state

Hypnosis, also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, is a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus and concentration. Being hypnotised can feel like you are simply deeply relaxed.

Clinical hypnotherapists will help you to become so subtly focused on finding solutions to your issues while hypnotised, that with only a little guidance, you can access the natural skills and abilities that you have had difficulty reaching. You can begin to make the changes you want to make to your automatic behaviours and/or emotional reactions, so they become positive for you instead of negative.

Hypnotherapy can be used to help you gain control over undesired behaviours or reactions, or to help you cope better with anxiety or pain.

It’s important to know that although you’re more open to suggestion during hypnosis, you don’t lose control over your behaviour.

Clinical Hypnotherapy can assist you to come into conscious awareness of your sub-conscious beliefs and desires and thus enables you to begin to understand and redress any imbalance between the two, resulting in reduced feelings of stress and anxiety and increased feelings of calmness and positive energy.

Hypnotherapy Myths

FACT: Everyone has the ability to be hypnotised because it’s a natural, normal state that each of us enter at least twice each day – upon awakening and falling asleep. We also enter a hypnotic state whenever we get totally engrossed in a movie or TV show. When the actors become the characters they portray in our minds, we are hypnotized. Also, whenever we are driving and daydreaming enough to miss a turn or freeway exit we know we want to take, we probably were experiencing a light state of hypnosis.

People may have this misconception because of an unsuccessful experience they've had with a hypnotist. People are responsive to different approaches, and if a particular approach has not been successful in the past, it's a matter of finding the way that works best for them.

FACT: The hypnosis practitioner is merely a guide or facilitator. He/she cannot "make" you do anything against your will. In fact, during a hypnotic session, you are completely aware of everything going on. In other words, if you do not like where the hypnotist is guiding you, you have the power to reject the suggestions.

This is a commonly held idea that has its source in stage shows and other venues that capitalize on the “power” of the hypnotist. It’s worth noting that occasionally a similar issue is raised - “Can someone be hypnotised to do things they wouldn’t normally do?” Of course, the answer to that question is “Yes” when you consider that the purpose of hypnosis is often to do things differently than we have done in the past.

FACT: You can lie under hypnosis just as easily as in the waking state. In fact, as hypnosis gives you greater access to unconscious resources, and you may even be able to tell more creative lies when in trance. Additionally, you are in complete control of what you choose to reveal or conceal.

FACT: Everyone experiences hypnosis differently ... for some it's a state in which you are focused on the hypnotists words and listening more carefully, for others it's a little more like day dreaming and your attention may drift and wander from one thought to another ... sometimes not paying any conscious attention to what the hypnotist is saying.

Either way is okay, and neither will be more or less effective than the other. It's simply a matter of your own personal style.

FACT: No one has ever been stuck in a hypnotic trance. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state that we enter and exit during the normal course of a day. There are no known or reported dangers with hypnosis when working with a trained practitioner. If the hypnotist fails to emerge someone from hypnosis, he/she will return to a fully alert state on their own. Depending on that person's need for sleep, he/she will either drift on into a natural sleep or simply emerge to full consciousness spontaneously within minutes.

Any time you choose to emerge from hypnosis, for any reason, you are able to simply open your eyes and become fully alert.

FACT: People who are capable of concentrating and who have a capacity for creativity and vivid imagination usually make the best subjects. There is no link between intelligence and ability to enter trance.

FACT: Hypnosis is neither sleep nor unconsciousness, even though a common misconception is that you are asleep when hypnotized. The experience of a formally induced hypnotic state might resemble sleep from the physical point of view: slowed breathing, eyes closed, muscles relaxed, activity decreased. From the mental standpoint the client is generally relaxed and may be keenly alert, in a comfortable state where the person can think, talk and even move about if needed. But all clients are unique and can experience hypnosis in their own unique ways. Some are comfortable enough with the process that they find themselves drifting in and out of a more dream-like state.

FACT: Hypnosis can be used to ease or remove pain, overcome fears, phobias, addiction and other problems. While a handful of religious sects have raised objections to hypnosis, today most religious groups accept the proper ethical use of hypnosis for helping people. Included are Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and most Protestant Christian Churches as well as Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and others. Hypnosis is not associated with any of the world religions and a professional and ethical hypnotist respects the faith of clients.