Hypnotherapy & Hypnosis- Dispelling common myths

Hypnotherapy is often confused with stage hypnosis, and so I wanted to write this blog to help dispel common myths that surround this extremely effective form of therapy and help you- as a potential client or simply someone who is interested in the topic-form a greater understanding of it.

So what comes to mind when you think of hypnotherapy? We have all seen TV shows, or stage shows where the hypnotist entertains the audience by using a volunteer from the crowd who ends up dancing like a chicken. And yes it is effective and comical, but the therapy form of hypnosis is entirely different, with the main factor being that you are absolutely aware of what you are doing at all times.

Have you ever driven somewhere, arrived at your destination, and realised you don’t really remember anything about the journey because you’ve been on auto pilot? Yet you’ve arrived safely and in the knowledge that you’ve negotiated numerous roundabouts and traffic lights and quite possibly several other obstacles along the way. This state is a very similar one to what you will experience when you have hypnotherapy. You will never be unconscious or unaware, simply relaxed and calm.

Once we have worked to ensure you are in a relaxed state of mind, we are then in a position to begin changing your mind set, slowly but surely, turning negatives into positives and allowing old thinking styles to be turned around and replaced with new, more positive thoughts and feelings.

Let’s look at anxiety as an example. If you are naturally quite an anxious person, hypnotherapy can be used to calm your mind, relax your body and slow your thoughts down, resulting in a far more restful yet confident style of thinking. Anxiety and anxious thoughts can create all kinds of feelings such as depression or stress and can stem from numerous different things, but these thoughts are entirely unhelpful and can cause stress, weight loss or weight gain, bad sleeping patterns and a whole host of negative emotions that will affect your everyday life.

Hypnotherapy is extremely effective in allowing you to turn negatives into positives and change your ways and styles of thinking for good. It really is a case of mind over matter, and with enough perseverance and practise, you will feel more confident, happier and far more relaxed in your daily life. And let me reassure you again, you will always be 100% aware of what is happening; my work doesn’t involve any form of stage hypnosis, purely helping people regain confidence in their lives and learning to relax and calm their minds to get the very best out of whatever it is they want to achieve.

I hope I have provided you with a little more information about hypnosis as a therapy form and helped you to see what a hypnotherapist does, but please do call me on 01202 245020 or 07920 885015……or visit my website to contact me directly….. wessexhypnotherapy.com


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