As a Hypnotherapist, it is important to dispel the myth and emphasise that this is a therapeutic technique that the client controls by accessing the unconscious, to encourage relaxation and promote wellbeing:
Many clients have said to me "I don't like to be out of control" and "I'm frightened of not knowing what I'm doing". This is when I explain that Hypnosis is the most natural of states in which we find ourselves. Have you ever travelled from one place to another and thought, "I don't really remember all the details of how I got here!" ? If your answer is "Yes", this is because you were in a trance, a state of self-hypnosis...you were relaxed but in control.
The myth of hypnosis was forged through the stage hypnotists who use(d) it as entertainment. By reading the physical signs and choosing of susceptible people who are willing candidates for hypnosis, stage hypnotists entertain audiences. However, the purpose of Hypnotherapy is not to entertain but to be of therapeutic benefit. Hypnotherapy speaks to the unconscious to empower clients in achieving their therapy goals, such as overcoming phobia, increasing confidence and self-esteem, building performance potential, weight loss, reducing anxiety symptoms, and trauma.
I feel that it is important that the client feels comfortable and relaxed when starting Hypnotherapy. Therefore, at Trust Therapy, if the client decides that they would like to try this way of working, it is introduced in three gentle steps:
General Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Personalised Scripts / Screeds (which gradually become more personalised and specific, to aid healing)
Overall, Hypnotherapy can result in self-transformation... it can be life changing.