The term hypnosis means sleep.
A therapist who uses guided hypnosis is helping your mind use relaxation, concentration, and attention to create changes in your life. In a hypnotherapy session, you would go into an altered state of awareness or "trance" to make a positive change in your life.
Who can use hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is an excellent tool that can be used for many things, including breaking unhealthy habits (i.e., smoking/drinking), anxiety, sexual dysfunction, improving sleep, pain management, physical issues, communication, and relationship issues. Most people can be hypnotized, and many people have high levels of hypnotizability.
Myths about Hypnotherapy
The first myth about hypnosis is that a person can magically make you sleep or be under control. This myth is just not true at all.
YOU CANNOT BE HYPNOTIZED WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT.
The first question I ask is: Do you want to be hypnotized? And then: Do you want to be hypnotized by me? These questions allow you to feel comfortable in control of this process.
What Happens When You Are Hypnotized?
Hypnotherapy is generally performed in a therapeutic environment that promotes relaxation and calm. The therapist will guide you to a relaxed, focused state and invite you to experience a favorable situation where you can change how you think and behave. You can hear what the therapist suggests, but it is up to you to decide whether not to act on them.
Finally, always see if a therapist has proper training. The American Society for Clinical Hypnosis has strict standards of training that include the therapist having a master's or doctorate level of counselor education. In addition, the therapist would also go through hypnosis training with the organization. After this, the therapist must be supervised to ensure the best outcomes.
Curious about hypnotherapy? If you're in Georgia, feel free to reach out to me with any questions or to schedule an appointment!