It easy enough to understand that hypnotherapy is talking therapy that uses hypnosis. However, what is hypnosis? Why use it? How does it actually work? When most people think about hypnosis they think of a hypnotist putting someone ‘under’ and making them do strange and wonderful things. Alternatively, maybe you think of it as a nice relaxing experience, during which a hypnotherapist speaks softly to you offering you suggestions. You may come across explanations of hypnosis. Such as, ‘communicating with your subconscious’, ‘tapping into your inner resources’ and various other vague expressions.
The hypnotist does not have any power or control over the person being hypnotised. This is a misconception. Years ago, you would see stage hypnotist dressed up in cloak, top hats, wearing pointy beard and going under pretentious names like, ‘The Great Hypnos’. The reason for all the dressing up was simply to make them look special; giving people the idea that they had special powers and could control peoples’ minds. The hypnotist does not use special power to hypnotise people. They do not hypnotise anyone. The person being hypnotised actually hypnotises himself or herself. All the hypnotist does is guide them.
A hypnotised person remains the same person. Only their behaviour is altered in the hypnotic state. Hypnosis does not give you any special powers. You have exactly the same abilities as in the normal waking state.
When in a hypnotic state you are fully aware of everything around you. You do not lose any control or awareness. In fact, your awareness increases.
Allow yourself to see what you don’t allow yourself to see