Updated: Sep 15, 2021
It’s no secret that every now and then, all of us feel sad or overwhelmed or super stressed out, and we often don’t know what to do to get out of that rut.
Hypnotherapy can be an incredibly helpful tool for overcoming emotional and psychological barriers. With hypnotherapy, you can explore your inner self and find the answers you need to move forward with confidence.
However, many people think that you lose control during hypnotherapy, and a lot of them are unwilling to try it out because of that. Understandably, a lot of people don’t like the idea of having a total stranger make them do or say things against their will!
But this is just a common misconception when it comes to this kind of treatment. Hypnotherapy never takes away your free will!
So why do people think that it does?
Well, a lot of movies and pop culture images have painted hypnosis as a type of mind control tactic that can make people quack like a chicken without even being aware of what they’re doing. Hypnotherapists can’t force you to do something you don’t want to. They can help you clear the mental barriers that you want to release, or help you accept beliefs that you want to have in order to achieve your therapeutic goal.
To see how, let’s break down the myth of hypnotherapy as a form of “mind control” and talk about how it really works.
Mind Control and Hypnosis
How does hypnotherapy really work?
Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool for unlocking your subconscious and changing self-sabotaging behaviours.
Hypnotherapy is a type of mental healthcare that uses hypnosis (alongside other methods) to address personal issues or problems. The goal of each session is to help you function and feel better, and only certified professionals can practice clinical hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapists help their clients by using a variety of techniques besides hypnosis, this includes relaxation techniques, creative visualisation, NLP, EMDR, EFT and positive suggestions in order to shift their mindset and aid in changing their behaviour or perceptions.
Hypnotherapy uses a light or a medium trance. This means that while your conscious mind is distracted or in a state of relaxation, your subconscious mind becomes fully awake and active, thus facilitating rapid transformation. You remain in full control, aware of your surroundings and actions at all times.
Can you lose control during hypnotherapy?
I had clients who later admitted that because they did not feel like they lost control, they were unsure if they were ‘doing hypnosis right’. I would like to put your mind at ease right away. There is no right or wrong way to experience hypnosis for hypnotherapy to work. Yes, you have to let yourself be vulnerable and open, but that does not mean losing control.
Like any therapy it requires your desire for change and a bit of faith in the method as well as skills of your hypnotherapist. This therapy process helped many before you and it can help you too if you let it. It is possible that while you're trying to relax and clear your mind during a hypnotherapy session, your conscious mind may wonder. But your subconscious mind is always listening.
And slowly but surely, without you even noticing, you will let go of your self-limiting thoughts, which isn’t about letting go of control. Afterall letting go of unhelpful thoughts can lead you to some surprising changes. You might feel lighter or experience an energy shift, but you are always aware of what you’re doing. You’re simply more receptive to the power of suggestion that is in line with your therapeutic goal, and you’ll never do or say anything that you don’t want to.
How can hypnotherapy help with your goals?
Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool for self-discovery, healing, and transformation.
Hypnotherapy can help you achieve your goals in life by helping you change the limiting beliefs that are holding you back.
And it’s important to realise that hypnosis is not magic, it’s an actual science that has been used for years to change human behaviour and the way our brains work.
The first wave of psychologists practising psychoanalysis—such as Sigmund Freud—studied hypnosis as a form of treatment. While Freud’s own methods and findings remain a big subject of debate to this day, the practice of hypnosis has been refined and recognised as a beneficial procedure to be used in tandem with psychotherapy.
Hypnosis and the importance of trust
The key is to find someone who you trust, so that you’re able to feel fully comfortable in your hypnotherapy sessions. That trust is necessary if you want to truly let go, bypass the noise of your conscious mind, and open yourself to suggestions that can begin to change your life for the better.
The key to relaxing into trance is working with a therapist that you can build a good rapport with. It is important that you feel it is your person. Someone you feel relaxed and comfortable with and, most importantly, who makes you feel heard.
A good rapport is the key to any effective communication, and when it comes to therapy, it is essential. If you have doubts, before you see your hypnotherapist feel free to make a call to them first and have a chat. Discuss what it is you want to work on and ask about their process. You can usually find an option for a free 30 mins consultation call.
This way, your first session will not be meeting a complete stranger. A lot of the time, I see clients going deeper into trance in our second session, once they get familiar with the process and are allowing themselves to fully relax into it and enjoy their experience of transformation.
What sort of issues can hypnotherapy help with?
Here are some areas in which hypnotherapy can help you regain control and confidence in your life:
Hypnotherapy is beneficial in forming or stopping unwanted habits, such as quitting smoking, overcoming fears, and even treating insomnia.
Hypnotherapy can help heal past trauma or emotional pain from past experiences through visualisation exercises and guided imagery techniques.
It can also be an effective treatment for anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders.
With the help of hypnotherapy, people have been able to overcome a wide range of personal and emotional issues. You can establish a new mindset by transforming negative patterns into positive ones with therapeutic assistance from certified experts in the field.
The benefits of hypnotherapy have been proven again and again. So, despite all of these advantages, why do so many still opt not to undergo hypnosis?
The misconception about losing control is to blame for keeping a lot of people from trying hypnotherapy, but hopefully this article has shown you that the myth is far from the reality. As long as you work with a hypnotherapist you trust, you can use this powerful tool to actually regain control, not relinquish it.
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