Hypnosis has a lot of mystery surrounding it. In no small part due to entertainment and media misinformation. Most people have an idea about hypnosis but would admit they don’t really know. It can be confusing to know what to expect from hypnotherapy. Let just get rid of some common myths.
There are lots of articles explaining what hypnosis is. It is a natural state of focused attention, enabling your subconscious to process ideas easier. It provides a suitable environment for people to create change. Imagine that you need to teach a classroom of people something new. It helps if they are in the right frame of mind. Not distracted looking out of the window. Not playing with their phones or talking to each other. In a similar way hypnosis does the same thing. It provides a suitable environment for you to create change. To achieve what you want to achieve.
Most problems have a simple solution. To stop smoking, just don’t smoke. To lose weight, just eat more natural foods, exercise more and don’t eat bad foods. To get rid of anxiety, just stop thinking negative thoughts etc. If we could solve our problems consciously it would be easy. Unfortunately it isn’t that simple. No matter how often you tell yourself not to have negative thoughts, the thoughts come anyway. In fact, trying to stop them only makes them worse. This is because the thoughts, the craving to smoke or to eat bad foods are not created by your conscious mind. You didn’t make a conscious decision to think/feel that way. They are created by your subconscious mind. In order to change them you need to communicate with the subconscious mind. Hypnotherapy creates change at the subconscious and conscious level.
Hypnosis is great for creating effective change. However, hypnosis is not the answer. It’s not as simple as putting someone into a nice hypnotic state (a trance) and then suggesting that they, “Do not need to smoke cigarettes”, or “ You will no longer desire cake”.
Hypnosis is just a tool that makes change work more effective, by communicating with the subconscious.
In order to help people change you still need to do the actual change work. Change work can involve exploring and analysing a persons situation, what they are doing. Change work can involve examining your believes and habits. It can involve any number of psychotherapeutic techniques, CBT techniques, counselling etc.
Hypnotherapy is a talking therapy that uses hypnosis as a tool to create effective change at a subconscious and conscious level.