The word ‘hypnotherapy’ can bring up various images in many people’s minds; that gag from Little Britain (“Look into my eyes not around the eyes look into my eyes!”) people being made to quack like a chicken…
I’m often being asked to break myths around hypnotherapy give people the explanation on what it’s really like, rather than the (slightly sinister!) image it sometimes gets on TV and in the movies.
- You’ll be ‘put under’ and you’ll lose control
This is an impression that I hear a lot and a common concern that people have around hypnotherapy. I have to say that nobody gets ‘put under’.
The simple truth is that you’re aware of everything that happens during a hypnotherapy session and you don’t get ‘put under’ anything!
I help clients to calm down the conscious, ‘thinking’ part of the mind, so that their subconscious can listen in and take positive things on board.
It often feels very relaxing, sometimes like daydreaming. You could take yourself out of the experience at any time, if you wanted to.
- Many people can’t go in to ‘hypnosis’
What people don’t realise about hypnotherapy is that it’s a really natural state of mind, and we go into similar states several times during the day.
When we day-dream, get relaxed in front of the TV, or do things on autopilot, like driving the car and thinking of what the day will bring, we’re in a similar state of mind to hypnosis.
Anyone can do it…if they want to!
- You won’t remember anything from the session
Although it’s nice to think a hypnotherapist will wave their magic wand and cure us overnight, it’s not quite how it works.
During a session you’re often required to engage in the process, using your imagination help seed an idea into your subconscious mind.
You’ll still be aware of what’s being said in the session.
- It’s mainly used for stopping smoking
Many people first think of stopping smoking when they think of hypnotherapy, but it’s even more commonly used these days for issues like anxiety, self esteem and confidence issues and even IBS, for which it’ is approved by NICE.
- It’s mind control
Do you really think anyone could control your mind?!
In fact, it’s more about getting back in control of old, unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving.
To find out more about hypnotherapy sessions in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, call me on 07766760860.