What is hypnotherapy?

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is therapy done using hypnosis. Hypnosis is actually a very natural state of mind. It's like the 

wonderful feeling of yourself lying down on your sofa and being so comfortable and relaxed. At this time, with the

help of a trained therapist, you will be able to focus more attention or visualize yourself becoming healthier, more 

confident or whatever it is that you want to be.

This does not mean that the entire therapy is done under hypnosis. Half of the time, the therapist will engage in 

conversation with you to assess your issues and collaborate with you to find a solution and a goal. In hypnosis, the 

therapist will guide you to make those solutions and goals work for you by utilizing the power of your own mind.

During a hypnotherapy session, your therapist does not hypnotize you; rather they serve as a coach to guide you in 

that state because hypnosis is a naturally occurring state. How many times have you driven your car to work, only to 

realize that suddenly you reached your destination without being consciously aware of the journey or which turns you 

made? Have you ever watched a movie and enjoyed yourself so much that you forgot you are in a cinema with 30 

other people? Hypnosis feels something like that.

Hypnotherapy is actually a two-way process. It is a professional relationship between the therapist and the client. 

Both parties have to co-operate with each other before the client can be put in the hypnotic state. Remember, while 

in hypnosis, no one can make you do things that you do not want to do. Therapeutic hypnosis and stage hypnosis are 

two separate fields.

Misconceptions of hypnosis

  • You will always be in control. You cannot be forced to do things you do not want to do.

  • You will always wake up. You cannot get stuck in hypnosis. The most that could happen is that you doze off 

    into sleep and would wake up naturally.

  • It is a collaborative relationship. Hypnosis is a collaborative relationship between the therapist and the client.

    The therapist does not force you to change your habits or make your goals for you. A mutual goal is set together.

  • You won't do things against your will. You will set your goals together with your therapist. Should he or she

    suggest something that is not relevant to you, your mind will not accept it and thus won't be affected.

  • Your rights are always protected. All therapists are bound by a professional code of ethics. The content of the

    therapy sessions will be kept highly confidential between you and your therapist.