Here to help put your mind at ease

Before you jump in, you may have some burning questions or concerns you’d like to clarify regarding hypnosis.

No worries. I’ve collected a few common myths and misconceptions about hypnosis over the years and answered them for you below. And if you still want to know more, reach out to chat. I’m always happy to help.

5-PATH® Hypnotherapy

5-PATH® (5 Phase Advanced Transformational Hypnotherapy) is a culmination of the most effective, advanced techniques from the hypnotherapeutic world – all in one powerful system.

This is not a ‘one session wonder’ approach. We don’t offer impossible promises.

Rather, it is a systematic method, tailored to you, with checks and balances along the way.

This results in a complete and permanent resolution of your problem. Giving you a deep self-understanding – and allowing you to live authentically and congruently.

7th Path Self-Hypnosis®

Interested in learning the skills for yourself?

The 7th Path Self-Hypnosis® training is like no other. It’s antivirus software – for your mind.

Learn the skills to neutralise and eliminate the negative programming and unhelpful beliefs you’ve accumulated throughout your life.

Empowering you to reclaim all of who you are – and release and resolve any challenges.

This powerful process leaves you with deep insights about your life and yourself, helping you live more authentically.

The Secret Language of Feelings®

Feelings can cause us a lot of pain. But have you ever wondered what feelings are for?

Your feelings are your own unique and personal GPS. And when you take the driver’s seat – and learn to understand them – you’ll soon realise they’re the key to living a happy and satisfying life.

Which is exactly what the Secret Language of Feelings provides: a whole new level of insight and understanding of yourself.

The Secret Language of Feelings is the first step to taking back control of your life. And when you get it, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Myth 1: It’s a form of mind control.2023-06-21T23:58:06+10:00

Fact: Achieving a state of hypnosis is always consensual and collaborative. It’s something that you do with the hypnotherapist, who acts as your coach or guide.

As you enter a state of hypnosis you will likely feel relaxed as your hypnotherapist offers you suggestions to relax more deeply. No one can control your mind – and that is not the aim.

Your hypnotherapist will only give you suggestions to help you, based on your goals identified during your pre-hypnotic interview. At no point during your session will you lose control of your mind.

If you hear a suggestion that you don’t agree with – or don’t understand – your subconscious mind will automatically reject it, and you may choose to emerge from hypnosis.

Myth 2: I can’t be hypnotised because my mind is too strong/disciplined.2023-06-21T23:58:25+10:00

Fact: The truth is that anyone of normal intelligence who wants to be hypnotised can be hypnotised.

Strength of mind has little to do with outcomes, and anyone can resist going into hypnosis if they want to. They can simply refuse to follow the hypnotist’s instructions.

Entering a state of hypnosis has more to do with how comfortable you feel with your hypnotherapist – and the process – than your ability.

A professionally trained hypnotherapist knows how to hypnotise you – and how to gauge whether you are at the right depth of hypnosis to do the work you’ve come to do.

Going into hypnosis is completely your decision. So, if you want to go into hypnosis – and are able to concentrate and follow verbal instructions – you’ll enter hypnosis very quickly.

[Note: Sometimes nervousness or fear can interfere with entering hypnosis. Including the fear of making a mistake.

But your hypnotherapist knows this and will do everything they can to ensure that you feel completely comfortable before you start.]

Myth 3: Hypnosis is just another name for relaxation.2023-06-21T23:58:42+10:00

Fact: Hypnosis is different from relaxation and does not require an individual to be relaxed for them to be responsive to hypnosis.

However, suggestions of relaxation are often utilised by hypnotherapists to help their clients feel more receptive and at ease with the process.

It’s lovely to enjoy relaxation at the same time as hypnosis, but the two are different from each other.

You do not need to be relaxed for hypnosis to be effective

Myth 4: I have never been in hypnosis before.2023-06-10T22:59:40+10:00

Fact: You have. Everyone has.

Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of mind that you slip in and out of several times a day.

Hypnosis doesn’t feel like anything other than what you are experiencing at the time, so most people aren’t aware that they are in hypnosis.

It is simply a relaxed and highly focused state of mind that happens by default anytime your mind is intensely focused on something – to the exclusion of everything else.

During your hypnosis session, I’ll have you focus on my voice and follow my instructions which are carefully designed to intentionally guide you into hypnosis.

All we are doing when we do hypnosis together is using your natural ability to enter the state. From there you become more open to accepting positive suggestions around the things you wish to change.

Some examples of unintentional hypnosis are becoming absorbed in a movie, or when you’re driving.

In movies, a skilful movie director can quickly capture your attention and direct your thoughts and feelings to where they would like. Thus, suspending your logical, rational, analytical mind – and engaging your subconscious mind.

As a result, you become more suggestible, making your experience feel very real. This is movie hypnosis.

And, while you know that what’s happening in the movie is not real, to your subconscious mind it is very real. This is the same as getting lost in a good book. And we switch between these states of consciousness all the time.

When driving, have you ever been absorbed in a good podcast or playlist, when suddenly you arrive at your destination but the two-hour drive felt like half an hour?

We refer to this as highway hypnosis and this type of time distortion is a commonly experienced with a state of hypnosis.

Focusing our attention inward on our own thoughts and feelings to the exclusion of everything else can also cause us to enter a state of hypnosis, where we can become vulnerable to the negative suggestions (thoughts and feelings) we are giving to ourselves, which reinforce negative beliefs and painful feelings.

Hypnosis occurs when your analytical thinking mind goes off-line allowing your subconscious mind to indulge itself in either positive, helpful suggestions or negative, unhelpful ones

Myth 5: I will be made to cluck like a chicken.2023-06-10T23:00:22+10:00

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.

Myth 6: When hypnotised, I will lose all sense of my surroundings – and will have no memory of the session.2023-06-10T23:01:04+10:00

Fact: Hypnosis is often misrepresented as a state of unconsciousness. A trance in which the person is asleep and unaware of what is happening.

On the contrary, it is a state of focused attention and a heightened state of awareness. Accompanied by an increased insight into your inner processes.

Your hypnotherapy session will be an active process where you are required to speak and respond to your hypnotherapist’s requests. If the word sleep is mentioned it simply means, relax deeply with eyes closed as if you were asleep.

If you fall asleep, you’ll miss the whole thing. You’ll also remember the things that are important and forget the things that aren’t. Just like after having a conversation with someone.

Myth 7: I might do or say something embarrassing or be made to reveal my deepest secrets when in a hypnotic trance2023-06-21T23:59:05+10:00

Fact: Since your mind is fully aware and awake during a hypnotic session, this is not possible. If you really don’t want to talk about something, then you won’t.

You are ultimately in control of what goes on. When you enter a therapeutic relationship with your hypnotherapist, you and the personal information that arises in hypnotherapy, is treated with the utmost respect and compassion and with the strictest confidentiality.

Hypnotherapy, as with all the helping professions, relies on a high level of trust and rapport between therapist and client and hypnosis cannot be achieved unless you are feeling safe and respected. 

Myth 8: Hypnotherapists have special powers.2023-06-10T23:03:00+10:00

Fact: The special power lies within you and your amazing mind – not with the hypnotherapist.

Your certified professional hypnotherapist has been trained to guide you into the state of hypnosis where you can make deep and permanent changes to your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations.

The hypnotherapist holds no special power over the client whatsoever. In fact, a person can hypnotise themselves.

This is called self-hypnosis, and they can emerge themselves whenever they choose. You’ll get to practice this in your sessions.

Myth 9: Hypnosis is a ‘miracle cure’.2023-06-10T23:03:32+10:00

Fact: While it’s not a miracle cure it often produces miraculous results very quickly. Shifting or eliminating long standing habits, negative thoughts, beliefs, and emotions, as well as physical symptoms.

This is because hypnosis works directly with the subconscious mind where all your experiences, emotional memories, beliefs, habits, and perceptions are stored. And where most of your pain comes from.

The subconscious holds the root cause of your issues. And communicating with your subconscious is the first step of a profound personal transformation.

Myth 10: Hypnotists swing a watch to hypnotise a subject.2023-06-21T23:59:36+10:00

Fact: While this technique can be used, it is outdated and has been ‘Hollywoodized’.
It’s also ineffective and inefficient in producing the level of hypnosis that is needed for creating deeper long-lasting changes.

Certified professional hypnotherapists are trained in the use of modern and advanced techniques to help you into hypnosis.

Myth 11: Hypnosis is dangerous – and if I become hypnotized, I may not be able to snap out of it.2023-06-10T23:04:45+10:00

Fact:  In the event of an emergency, you would naturally be able to emerge from the hypnotic state by opening your eyes and stretching or speaking.

On rare occasions, a client may not emerge straight away. This is usually because they are enjoying the relaxing state so much that they don’t want it to come to an end.

A few gentle prompts are always sufficient to help someone emerge. Or they’ll eventually emerge themselves when they want to.

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