There are many misconceptions about hypnosis or hypnotherapy. Some say only gullible people can be hypnotized. They also say that while on a hypnotic state, you can be forced to do things against your will. And the worst of all, some believe that you may get stuck and not wake up from a hypnotic state. All of those things are untrue. So the question is: what exactly is hypnotherapy and what does it do to you?
To explain it in the simplest way, hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis for a therapeutic purpose. Being hypnotized does not put you in a state of deep sleep, but rather in a totally relaxed state, where your awareness is heightened and the subconscious mind is revealed. In this state of mind, your therapist or hypnotist is able to make suggestions in order to make some positive changes in your life. But bear in mind, hypnotherapy only works if you agree or cooperate; that means you are totally in control of yourself, no one’s going to make you do something or reveal things you don’t want to.
Hypnotherapy has been applied to a number of psychological problems such as anxiety, lack of self-confidence, depression and it can even help with some lifestyle changes like losing weight, smoking cessation and even addiction. It is even used in childbirth to help reduce the mother’s anxiety and help her prepare for birth.
For hypnotherapy to be effective, the client and the therapist must have a solid, professional partnership. The therapist is going to ask you questions first, have a little chat with you about who you are and what issues you need to deal with. Then, the hypnosis starts. The hypnotist or therapist only guides you and helps you uncover your inner will to achieve all those things you want like losing weight, quitting smoking and even performing better in sports.
In truth, there is actually no debate whether hypnotherapy works or not. Science has yet to prove or disprove its efficacy. But I guess it is safe to say that while it is possible that hypnotherapy may help us find our way to recovery, ultimately, it is up to us whether we are willing or not.