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Why Hypnosis Might Not Work

Why Hypnosis Might Not Work (for Now)

Mar 14, 2024

Have you ever wondered if hypnosis could help you?

Maybe you’ve heard success stories about overcoming anxiety or kicking a bad habit, but something holds you back from giving it a try.

For the past 10 years, I’ve been a hypnotherapist, helping people unlock positive change through the power of their own minds. In my travels, I’ve had the privilege of learning from some of the world’s leading hypnotherapists, constantly refining my approach to make it as effective as possible.

I understand there can be a lot of unknowns surrounding hypnosis. That’s why I want to shed light on what it is, how it works, and why it might not always be the magic bullet some portray it to be. But more importantly, I want to show you why, in the right circumstances, hypnosis can be a powerful tool for real and lasting change.

swinging pocket watch

Demystifying Hypnosis

Have you ever gotten so engrossed in a book that you lost track of time, or been so focused on a movie that you didn’t notice the popcorn getting cold? That’s a little taste of what hypnosis feels like! Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis isn’t about mind control or swinging a pocket watch. It’s a natural state of deep relaxation and focused concentration that we all experience to some degree.

Think about the last time you daydreamed vividly or got lost in your thoughts while driving a familiar route. During hypnosis, we simply amplify this state of focused attention with the guidance of a trained hypnotherapist. This allows us to access the subconscious mind, a powerful reservoir of thoughts, habits, and emotions that often influence our behaviour on an unconscious level. By working with the subconscious, we can unlock the potential for positive change and create new, healthier patterns.

Of course, there are some myths floating around about hypnosis that can make people hesitant.

a person looking confused

Why Hypnosis Might Not Work (for Now)

It’s important to be upfront: hypnosis isn’t a magic wand, and its success relies on a collaborative effort between you and the hypnotherapist. Here are some reasons why hypnosis might not work as effectively in certain situations:

  • Unrealistic Expectations: Sometimes people come to hypnotherapy expecting instant results. While hypnosis can be powerful, lasting change often takes time and dedication. It’s a marathon, not a sprint!
  • Lack of Commitment: Hypnotherapy requires your active participation and willingness to follow suggestions outside of sessions. If you’re not fully committed to the process, the results may be limited.
  • Underlying Medical Conditions: In some cases, there might be an underlying medical condition contributing to the issue you want to address. Hypnotherapy can be a great complement to traditional medical treatment, but it’s not a substitute for it. A good hypnotherapist will discuss these factors during the consultation to ensure hypnosis is the right approach for you.
  • Scepticism: While not a dealbreaker, a strong sense of scepticism towards the process itself can make it harder to achieve a relaxed and receptive state. However, a skilled hypnotherapist can address these concerns and help you approach the session with an open mind.

Now, this doesn’t mean hypnosis is doomed to fail! These are simply things to be aware of.

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When Hypnosis Works Wonders

Hypnosis isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, but when the approach is right and the person is receptive, the results can be truly transformative. Here are a few examples of how hypnosis has helped people achieve their goals:

  • Achieving Weight Loss: Many people struggle with weight loss, feeling overwhelmed by restrictive diets and lack of motivation. Hypnotherapy can address the underlying reasons behind unhealthy eating patterns and emotional triggers for overeating. By reprogramming your subconscious mind to have a healthier relationship with food and promoting positive body image, hypnosis can empower you to make sustainable changes and reach your weight loss goals.
  • Stopping Smoking: Kicking the smoking habit can be incredibly difficult, but hypnosis can be a powerful tool in your journey to becoming smoke-free. Through hypnotic suggestion, you can strengthen your resolve to quit, reduce cravings, and manage withdrawal symptoms more effectively.
  • Conquering Anxiety: Imagine finally feeling calm and in control during public speaking, or facing social situations without overwhelming nervousness. Hypnosis can help retrain your subconscious mind to respond differently to anxiety-provoking situations, promoting feelings of relaxation and confidence.
  • Boosting Performance: Athletes and performers can leverage hypnosis to enhance focus, concentration, and pain management. Hypnosis can also help build self-confidence and improve visualisation techniques, leading to peak performance in their chosen field.

These are just a few examples, and the potential applications of hypnosis are vast.

A hypnosis session

Taking the Next Step

Curious if hypnosis can help you achieve your goals? Here’s what you can expect:

  • Consultation: During a consultation, we’ll discuss your specific concerns and goals in detail. This allows me to understand your unique situation and determine if hypnosis is the right approach for you.
  • The Hypnotic Session: A typical hypnotherapy session takes place in a comfortable and relaxing environment. You’ll be completely in control throughout, and I’ll guide you into a state of focused relaxation using calming techniques and guided imagery. While in this state, I’ll provide personalised suggestions tailored to your needs to help you make positive changes on a subconscious level.
  • Following Up: Hypnosis is often a collaborative process, and in some cases, you may be given suggestions or exercises to reinforce the positive changes we addressed during the session.

Ready to see if hypnosis can help you unlock your potential? Contact me today for a free consultation. We can discuss your goals and see if hypnosis is a good fit for you.

In addition, I’ve included some resources below that you might find helpful:

Remember, there’s no obligation to proceed with hypnosis after the consultation. I’m here to answer your questions and help you to make informed decisions.

The world of hypnosis might seem shrouded in mystery, but as we’ve explored, it’s a powerful tool grounded in science. While it’s not a magic bullet, when approached with an open mind and a willingness to participate, hypnosis can be a game-changer.

Remember, lasting change often takes time and dedication.

Don’t hesitate to reach out for a free consultation. Together, we can explore if hypnosis is the right fit for you.

Richard Kellow

Richard Kellow

Richard is a certified clinical hypnotherapist and Virtual Gastric Band Practitioner based in Rotorua in the gorgeous Bay of Plenty. With his personal experience and training from the UK, US, and New Zealand, Richard is a living testament to the power of hypnosis.

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