The question on many a sceptic’s lips is often: ‘is hypnotherapy dangerous?' If you were to believe the stories about dodgy stage hypnotists embarrassing their subjects on stage by manipulating them into doing all kinds of stupid stuff, you could be forgiven for believing it is.
The truth is that hypnotherapy is actually quite safe, because self-hypnosis is something that all human beings know how to do. An example of being in self-hypnosis is when you’re reading a good book and you get so absorbed in the story that you feel almost as though you’re there.
There are many reputable hypnotherapists in the Melbourne area, but there are also a lot of practitioners who don’t have adequate qualifications of experience. For this reason it is important to do as much research as possible before choosing someone to work with.
How To Choose Your Hypnotherapist
If I could give you one piece of advice in regards to deciding which hypnotherapist you should work with, it would be to go with your gut instinct. I often ask my clients how they ended up at my doorstep, they often say: “I just saw you on your website and it felt right to call you”.
If you can, it’s best to call the hypnotherapist and have a conversation with her so you can get a feel for her personality and then you’ll have a better idea of whether or not you feel comfortable with her.
Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions! It’s a good idea to make a list of questions before you call so by the time you have hung up the phone you have all the information you need to make an informed decision.
When You Should Not Have Hypnosis
There are certain situations in which it is not advised to have hypnotherapy. If you have been diagnosed with schizophrenia or if you regularly experience psychotic episodes, hypnosis is not recommended.
If have been diagnosed with grand mal epilepsy and you are not stabilised on medication, hypnosis is also contraindicated.
Obviously if you’re seeking help from a practitioner there are things in your life that you would like to change; but it you’re highly agitated, depressed or suicidal you will not be in a frame of mind to be receptive to hypnosis. If this is the case, it’s best to stabilise first before taking the next step in your healing journey.
How Hypnosis Can Help YouPersonally hypnotherapy has helped me in ways I could never have imagined; that's why I became a therapist myself, and that’s why I’m biased and why I became a therapist in the first place. In case you didn’t know, hypnotherapy can help in any number of ways, including:
Hypnotherapy is a safe and effective method of treatment and is definitely not dangerous, provided you choose a certified professional who is experienced and ethical.Contact me now if you would like help in changing your life.