The publicity of hypnosis has been poorly presented over the years and as a result many people have misconceptions about hypnosis and confuse hypnosis with hypnotherapy.

Hypnosis is the state of relaxation achieved. Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis for therapeutic benefit.

Many people feel apprehensive when they go for their first hypnotherapy appointment because they aren’t sure what to expect. Here is a list of five common myths about hypnotherapy:

  1. The hypnotist can make you do anything. False. Hypnotherapy relies on you being willing and a reputable hypnotherapist would not want to make you do anything you did not want to do.
  2. You are asleep or unconscious. False. You will not be asleep or unconscious. In fact, you are only relaxed and will hear everything that is said.
  3. You won’t be able to open your eyes. False. You can open your eyes at any time you want to.
  4. It is dangerous. False. Hypnosis is a safe, controlled method of relaxation and therapy, and a safe way for you to access your subconscious mind.
  5. It is guaranteed. False. Hypnosis is not magic and, although it has a very high success rate and works quickly, like anything in life – and every form of therapy – it is not 100 per cent guaranteed.

If you are considering hypnotherapy, be sure to choose a qualified hypnotherapist with a reputable company and feel free to ask questions so you are reassured that hypnotherapy, and the hypnotherapist, are right for you.