Fact: All hypnosis relies on consent. This assumption is based on stage hypnotism and Hollywood fiction.

The truth is people from the audience volunteer to act on stage and consent to participate in silly suggestions for the purposes of entertainment.

Hypnotherapy is not a form of entertainment it is a serious process of self-improvement. A certified professional hypnotherapist (CPH), would never do this and is bound by a strict code of ethics.

In a therapeutic setting, the only suggestions you will ever be given are one’s that agree with the therapeutic goals for your session.

The only thing that these two forms of hypnosis (stage and therapeutic) have in common is that they both rely on the client, or in the case of stage hypnosis, ‘the subject’, being willing to follow the hypnotist’s instructions.