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Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy: Common Myths

Hypnotherapy is NOT:

  • religious, mystical or spiritual

  • mind control

  • magic

  • voodoo

  • witchcraft


(seriously, I have been asked these things)

It's nothing like stage hypnotism that you might have seen on TV.


My job is to be your therapist. I'm here to help you. I'm not a stage entertainer.

There is no similarity.

But with 25 years' experience in clinical practice, I'm very

good at helping people to deal with their problems. 

Hypnotherapy is therapy - it's to help you and it's not a form of entertainment.

I don't have a pocket watch, your eyes will not start swirling at any point, and there will be

no speaking in a slow monotone voice.


Hypnotherapy is about as mystical as me giving you antibiotics for a chest infection or applying a plaster cast to your fractured wrist - it's a therapeutic intervention like any other.

There is no chance you will 'remain stuck in hypnosis.' Hypnosis is not an altered state of consciousness. When hypnosis is over, you may feel very relaxed, but you will always come out of hypnosis. It's a bit like deep sleep; no matter how deep the sleep is, you always wake up.

Hypnotherapy is not something I 'do to you.' You won't sit back, go to sleep and wake up reprogrammed, all 'fixed' with all your problems gone. It would be great and really easy if that were possible, but it isn't. We will simply use hypnosis as part of our work towards achieving your goals in our sessions together.


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