Common Misconceptions

People often fear that being hypnotized will make them lose control, surrender their will, and result in their being dominated, but a hypnotic state is not the same thing as gullibility or weakness. Many people base their assumptions about hypnotism on stage acts but fail to take into account that stage hypnotists screen their volunteers to select those who are cooperative, with possible exhibitionist tendencies, as well as responsive to hypnosis. Stage acts help create a myth about hypnosis which discourages people from seeking legitimate hypnotherapy.


Can hypnosis make me do things I would not normally do?

No. Most people associate hypnosis with stage performances seen on TV. However, clinical hypnotherapy is not for entertainment; it is done in a professional setting, and it is done for the purpose of helping you to achieve your goals. In a hypnotic state, the client is always in control. One will not do anything dangerous, out of character, or even reveal information one prefers to keep private.


In most cases during the hypnosis session, there is no dialogue between client and hypnotist; the hypnotist simply makes suggestions to the client.


Is one asleep under hypnosis?

No. Hypnosis and sleep are different. During hypnosis, one is in a natural state between wakefulness and sleep known as the alpha state.


What if I do not emerge from the hypnotic state?

You will because the hypnotic state is natural.


How many sessions are needed, and what do the sessions include?

When the client and therapist meet, they will discuss the client’s goals and concerns; this information is used to detail the actual session to the client’s needs. A recording is made of the session and given to the client. For most people, not many sessions are needed, provided that one is serious about wanting to achieve his or her goals and follows the recommendations given.


Is it safe?

Yes. The American Medical Association recognizes hypnosis as a safe, rapid, and valuable therapy for many of the problems people encounter in daily life.