Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic application of hypnosis. It is a powerful form of communication that uses psychological procedures to generate healing and change. The medical use of hypnosis began thousands of years ago, and the hypnotic trance has been used
ever since in many different forms.
We all experience trance every day in various forms. If you have ever driven home and not
remembered how you got there, or if you have been so absorbed in a book, movie or
computer game that you lost track of time, you were in trance. Trance is natural and normal
and everyone can do it.
In trance, you are able to communicate with your inner mind directly. That is how the changes
get made. A good hypnotist will take you into trance gently and imperceptibly, and in the
same way that you can’t tell exactly when you cross over into sleep at night, the crossover
into trance is subtle and goes unnoticed. Once in trance the therapist will begin to get you to
work with your inner mind.
Hypnotherapy is nothing like stage hypnosis. Part of your mind remains alert and you are in
charge the whole time. You will not be asked to do anything you wouldn’t feel comfortable
Will I lose control?
Movies and promoters of stage hypnotists have built up a myth about mind control. The
opposite is actually true: you need to be in control in order to let go. You can choose to accept
the suggestions, but you can also choose not to. Should you feel uncomfortable with the
process, you can stop it at any time.
Will I say things I will regret?
You won’t be giving away any secrets. You are in control of what you say at all times. And
you won’t be doing anything you don’t remember. Trance is a special state so remembering
the things that were talked about in trance is sometimes difficult once you are outside trance.
However, if you think it might be an issue for you then ask for special suggestions to be given
to remember everything that went on in the session.
Will I fall asleep?
Hypnosis is not sleep. Natural sleep is measurably different from hypnotic trance. However,
trance usually involves deep relaxation, so people don’t move much. Hypnotized people
might look as they are asleep, but they only deeply relaxed.
What if I can’t be hypnotized?
Everyone can be hypnotized. In fact the more intelligent the person is, the easier it is to
hypnotize them. Modern induction methods are fast and reliable – no swinging watches, no
staring eyes, just a gentle voice guiding you into a relaxing trance.
What if I don’t do it right?
The hypnotist will be monitoring you all time and constantly changing the words to fit your
particular needs. All you have to do is to enjoy the experience of trance. You will find your
mind drifting away as if in a dream. Nothing else is required from you. You don’t have to
think. You don’t have to do anything except enjoy it.