The hypnotic stereotypes are issues which genuinely worry people.
Quite right too. I'd be worried if I thought I was going to be asked to hand over control of all my thoughts and actions or forced to suspend my judgement in favour of someone else's. But hypnotherapy is not 'mind control'. If it was, all I'd have to do is click my fingers and say 'stop it' and all your problems would magically disappear! Now that may sound easy, even desirable, but does it sound realistic? Of course not.
Worries about mind control often come from what people have seen or read in fictional accounts of hypnosis or seen in stage shows. But in fiction moving the plot along is usually more important than accuracy. On stage, everything is done for the entertainment of the audience and not for the benefit of the person being hypnotised. Hypnosis may be combined with slight of hand, magic tricks, and misdirection. And, of course, no one volunteers for a hypnosis act if they're not prepared to go along with a few daft suggestions.
But the biggest difference is that the stage hypnotist's suggestions only last while you are in the theatre and in trance. No-one goes home still believing they are Elvis or eating onions instead of apples. Work you do with a hypnotherapist is not a ten-minute trick. It should improve and change your life long-term and outside the therapy room, which means it involves your agreement and co-operation.
Therapy can sometimes be challenging because you are dealing with important issues and emotions. But a reputable Hypnotherapist will never ask you to do anything that makes you feel silly or ridiculous, or that is against your moral, ethical or religious values.
Hypnosis is a very safe procedure if properly and responsibly used. Like many other things in life (including cars, fire, and the Internet) if used inappropriately it may cause problems. A few basic safeguards will help you avoid this.
Most people can use hypnotherapy safely if they follow the guidelines given here and if they see a hypnotherapist who is trained to work with the issue they want to address. However, there are a few 'contraindications', which basically means that some people either shouldn't use hypnosis or should use it with a few extra safeguards.
I might not be able to work with you if:
If you are currently seeing a therapist for another talking therapy (e.g. CBT, counselling or psychotherapy) it may be best to wait until you have finished your work with them before beginning any hypnotherapy. Therapists work in different ways and it can be confusing to attempt two approaches at the same time. Please contact me if this is your situation, I am happy to advise.
You might need to use hypnotherapy with care if:
If you're not sure if any of this applies to you, or you want more information about whether I can work with you, please contact me in confidence and ask.
Information on this page is a guideline and is not intended to replace medical advice. If you have symptoms that might indicate any condition needing a medical diagnosis or care you should visit your GP.
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