Myths And Facts About Hypnosis
Being a hypnotherapist is a blessing and a curse; a blessing because I get to make a big difference in the lives of my Melbourne clients; and a curse because if I hear one more person ask me if I’m going to make them cluck like a chicken I might just throttle myself.
Okay, being a bit melodramatic there. But it is a question I am asked…a lot. At my clinic I get quite a few clients who have heard all kinds of weird things about hypnosis and those people get a bit scared of the whole process to start with.
The truth of the matter is that being hypnotised is so mind-bogglingly ordinary that after your first session you might actually think you weren’t hypnotised at all.
Clucking Like A Chicken?
I don’t think so. Not unless you want to, that is. And let’s face it why would you want to pay me in excess of $150.00 per hour just for the privilege? I’m guessing you’d rather work on the real reason you came to see me; and frankly, so would I.
A clinical hypnotherapist cannot make you do anything you do not want to do. Her role is to put you in touch with the inner resources you need to make the changes you want in your life, and to help remove the barriers to those resources.
A stage hypnotist may seek to manipulate you for his own amusement; I do not. So relax. There will be no clucking on my watch.
Think You Can’t Be Hypnotised?
Not true. Everybody can, because all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You already go into a trance every day all by yourself. It’s normal for your mind to wander off to images, stories and fantasies and these are all examples of being in a (self-induced) hypnotic trance.
When you undergo hypnosis, you use the sound of my voice to go into trance and when you’re in a trance I apply the therapy that is most appropriate to your situation. So if you you trust your hypnotherapist, you’re sorted. You will not be knocked out, unconscious or enter a parallel Universe.
It’s nowhere near that dramatic. Hypnosis feels just like daydreaming. And, just like when you’re daydreaming, you can hear and remember everything that goes on in the session.
Sometimes when you get used to the sound of my voice your mind might wander off to other thoughts (often quite extensively) and that’s okay – but you always know what’s going on around you. You’re very relaxed, but in control at the same time.
I Can’t Take Control Of Your Mind
I can’t make you do anything you don’t want to do (including be hypnotised), and I can’t make you think thoughts you don’t want to think. If you tell me a lie in waking consciousness you will tell me the same lie when you’re under hypnosis – it’s not a truth serum.
I feel really sorry for some of my clients who have never had hypnosis before because they are often terrified of this myth regarding mind control that has plagued hard working hypnotherapists for centuries. One client was so terrified I was going to perform some kind of voodoo on her that she said to me ‘I really hope you’re not going to abuse this power’.
After I reassured her she relaxed into the process and went on to become a hypnotherapy advocate! But let’s be perfectly clear – I don’t have any power over you and even if I did, I’d be pretty stupid to abuse that power. I’m doing this to make living and to help people, not for kicks!
Make Me Hate Chocolate And Love Exercise
Yeah….good luck with that. My weight loss clients already know better than to believe this, but some die-hard hypnotherapy hopefuls are still mesmerised by the whole ‘you snap your fingers and I will lose weight without even having to try’ myth, probably because there are a few shonky websites out there that promise this.
The fact is I cannot control your cravings. The foods you crave will depend on your age, your physiology, your current diet, your hormones and any medications you may be taking – and none of these things can be controlled by hypnosis – sorry to disappoint.
The good news is even if you don’t like to exercise I can help you to just do it anyway. In fact I can help you with a whole lot of things. So contact me to get the real story on hypnosis today.