Hypnotherapy: The Initial Misconceptions

I’m certain as long as I remain a clinical hypnotherapist, I’ll be dispelling common misconceptions about hypnotherapy or how hypnosis is achieved for the purpose of therapy. A prospective client usually experiences certain amount of trepidation; this is expected. In fact, for many people considerable courage is necessary just to attend an initial consultation.

Having actively listened to any and all concerns, I usually begin by telling a person about what hypnotherapy is not, particularly if the prospective client hasn’t experienced hypnotherapy, doesn’t know anyone who has and whose perceptions are shaped by what was seen on television. Their relief is almost palpable when I assure them they won’t be made to perform like a monkey or swing from the chandelier. Immediately, the prospective client understands that I’m a hypnotherapist and not hypnotist. I then take a moment to explain how a hypnotist “finds” suggestible participants. Thankfully, after further separating my skills from mere performance, the words “Paul McKenna” are never mentioned again. Until the next initial consultation.

After the initial consultation the client has gained some understanding and reassurance. I have assessed their suitability for therapy and they feel I can help them make real and lasting changes to their life. The client will also come to understand that hypnosis is a natural state of deep physical relaxation. We all pass through the state, albeit very briefly, twice a day. Hypnosis is safe. A client will not be in a trance, nor be asleep, nor be compelled to do anything that constitutes a loss of their personal control.

What hypnosis and thus hypnotherapy (hypnoanalysis) can do is gradually allow access to conscious, subliminal and subconscious content simultaneously. In the care of an experienced, compassionate and patient hypnotherapist hypnoanalysis can help an individual transcend chronic depression, PTSD, panic attacks, IBS, bulimia, anorexia, self harming and many other afflictions. Unfortunately, the misconceptions about hypnosis are still prevalent but these misconceptions are gradually giving way to a broader understanding and acceptance.