What does Hypnotherapy involve?
29th July, 2010
Written by: Chris Calloway Dip.C.Hyp, HPD, NLP Prac., MNCH
There is a lot more in the media now about hypnotherapy and how effective it can be in helping in all areas of people’s lives. Weight loss, smoking, stress, phobias, sports performance and confidence and any number of things that involve people’s attitudes, mind set or will power. More celebrities are using these methods and so the stories get into the papers and on to the news. When we see and hear of others trying new therapies and ways of changing, we think to ourselves “Mmmm maybe that could be the solution to my problem as well”.
We are all encouraged to lead a healthy lifestyle and take responsibility for our own health. Hypnotherapy is a drug free route to physical and mental health, which is gaining more mainstream and scientific acceptance as we uncover more about the mind body connection. So it is no wonder that there is more interest in it now than ever before.
A lot of people are keen to try it but are unsure exactly what it may involve. This is because most people’s view of hypnosis is gained from either old films or from stage and television shows where a volunteer from the audience obeys every command and is usually made to do something that they would be too embarrassed to do under normal circumstances.
During hypnotherapy you will be pleasantly relaxed but you will still be aware of all that goes on around you and able to talk and answer questions when asked. You are in control all the time and the Hypnotherapist cannot make you do anything that you do not want to do, or goes against your sense of right or wrong.
The one question that some people ask and are bothered by is ‘Can I get stuck in trance and not wake up’. The answer to this is NO! Trance is a naturally occurring state that we move in and out of every day. If you were left in an induced trance, you would either fall asleep and wake up naturally, or get bored and leave!
If you are thinking of trying hypnotherapy then the main consideration should be firstly, is the therapist well trained, registered with an appropriate professional organisation and fully insured.
When you have those essential points covered you need to find someone you feel you can trust and will be happy to work with. This I often compare to looking for a new house, there are things to look out for, but instinctively you know when someone is the right therapist or coach for you.
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