Myths About Hypnotherapy – Keya Sampat, A certified Graphologist and Clinical Hypnotherapist, she has a keen sense of understanding of
human behaviour. She believes in being a guide to people to be their true and authentic selves. With this philosophy, she has founded ‘Parichay – A Journey To Meet Yourself’.
Spoiler Alert – Pendulums are not used to hypnotize clients!
Now since that’s out of the way, let’s see what hypnotherapy really is. It is an expansive field of study but I will attempt to explain it in one simple line. ‘It is a psychological therapy which works on the sub-conscious mind to address the root cause of an issue and sustain long-term
The therapist first cognitively discusses the challenges faced by the client in detail. If an understanding is reached that the cause is deep-rooted or stemming from their childhood experiences or any suppressed traumatic event, the client is guided to explore and resolve it while under a deeply relaxed state which is also called a hypnotic trance. Hypnosis or deep
relaxation allows access to the sub-conscious mind which is a storehouse of all our experiences and memories. Once this relaxed state is achieved, the cause is addressed and resolved, the client is counted out of the hypnotic state.
Many a time, the challenges that we are facing in our lives or the negative patterns that seem to keep repeating could be symptoms of a common cause which is not very obvious or known to the conscious mind. Let’s take an example of Person A, age 32, who is unable to be very confident while talking to people in a group and gets nervous in such situations. He is very
intelligent, has a high-paying job, enjoys good health and relations with friends and family. No matter how much he practices different techniques to boost his confidence, he is unable to do so. When he undergoes Hypnotherapy, he realizes that during his primary school days, he was
mocked by his teacher while talking in front of the class. Now, cognitively he may or may not even remember the incident or may not think much of it after so many years. But his sub- the conscious mind and his 8-year-old self held on to it. At that time he may have formed a belief system saying ‘I don’t know how to talk to people’ or he may have decided ‘I will never speak in
front of so many people again’. So during therapy, these belief systems and decisions are identified and resolved and the 8-year-old child is also healed. Now when the client is in a situation where he wants to talk to a group of people he is able to do so with confidence. His self-sabotaging belief systems are no longer holding him back. The root cause of the challenge is resolved.
Hypnotherapy is effective in treating a lack of confidence, fears and phobias, addictions, anxiety, depression, weight management, enuresis etc. There are no age, gender, religion or race barriers to undergo hypnotherapy. Typically, a session is for 60-90 minutes. The number of sessions varies as per the unique challenges faced by the clients.
The reason for the mysticism attached to hypnotherapy can be traced back to the early approach to hypnosis where it was used as a stage performance trick to ‘control a person’s mind’ and make him dance like a chicken. This portrayal in the entertainment industry gradually extended to
movies as well. However, the approach to hypnosis has drastically changed today. It is used as a purely therapeutic technique. It is effective in treating various psychological challenges. But the association didn’t change.
Now that you know of the different uses of hypnosis, let’s address some of the common myths associated with it in a therapeutic setting.
Myth 1 – I will not be in control of my mind.
Myth Bust – You will be in control of all your senses. The therapist only gives suggestions to the subconscious mind as needed for therapy.
Myth 2 – The therapist will know all my secrets.
Myth Bust – You will be control of what and how much you share. Being open and honest is recommended for effective healing.
Myth 3 – I will not remember my experience under hypnosis.
Myth Bust – You will remember most of your thoughts and experiences after you are out of hypnosis. If there are any blanks, the therapist will fill it for you.
Myth 4 – I have to believe in Past Lives to undergo Hypnotherapy.
Myth Bust – This is not at all necessary. Not all sessions and cases require a Past Life Regression. Your beliefs will be respected and you will not be forced to change them.
Myth 5 – I will get stuck in hypnosis.
Myth Bust – Getting stuck in hypnosis is not possible. The worst scenario could be that you will fall asleep. But once you wake up, you will be back in the present.
Which are some other myths that you have heard or you think are true?
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