Could Hypnosis Help Your New Year's Resolution?

In a bid to bag the fag in 2016? Or maybe you simply want to learn to be calmer, less clumsy or just content? Hypnosis may help better than any checklist can. Here are the facts and falsities behind hypnosis. 

Hypnosis can be a powerful way to change patterns, behaviours and feelings in a natural, drug-free way – and quickly, says Yildiz Sethi, a Brisbane-based clinical registered hypnotherapist who says that just 3-5 sessions is all it takes for permanent, positive change.

On the cusp of a new year, when quitting negative habits or adopting new positive ones are front of mind, hypnosis may prove the perfect chemical-free aid, assures Sethi. “Hypnosis can be very effective in clearing up sabotage patterns and helping to improve self-esteem.”?

Here we get to the truth about hypnosis.

Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis are the same things

False: “Not true,” explains Yildiz Sethi of Brisbane Hypnotherapy.
“Hypnosis is our natural tendency to go into trance such as daydreaming, going into memories, visualizing future events or even travelling to a location in the car and not being able to remember the journey. We all do this many times a day. This is why hypnosis is an easy state to induce,” she explains. “Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic approach or methodology that is used when someone is in a hypnotic trance to make positive changes to thought feeling or behavior. Thorough, appropriate training is required to do this safely and effectively,” she adds.

Hypnotherapy is Hocus Pocus

False: “Hypnotherapy is a powerful way of assisting you in making the mental and emotional changes you want,” assures Sethi. “Hypnosis is a real phenomenon of going into a trance that we all have while hypnotherapy relies on the skill, knowledge and ability to create rapport of the hypnotherapist. Many people can do one day or weekend or online course to do hypnosis, but a much longer accredited practical course that would be recognized by the Australian Hypnotherapy Association of 1-2 year is required to enable a therapist to be qualified to work safely, effectively and efficiently with the public.”

You need a swinging watch to hypnotise someone

False:  This generalisation of a swinging object – usually a clock – is entrenched in cartoon folklore! And although it works, you can be hypnotised in countless other ways, assures Sethi. “This is done most often simply by listening to the voice of the hypnotherapist and allowing yourself to go on a journey.”

Anyone and Everyone can be hypnotised

True: “Everyone that wants to change can be hypnotized,” says Sethi, adding that the person has to be motivated and willing to meet the therapist ‘half away’ for it to be a productive practice. This requires the ability to relax, focus, feel and allow an exploration of the issues involved, she explains. “Some people are very anxious and find it hard to trust or are too much in their analytical mind to allow themselves to feel. In these cases, a rapport between the therapist and client must be formed before a trance state may be induced. Relaxation, focus and willingness must be present to go into a trance, so yes everyone can be hypnotized.”

Hypnotherapy can cure almost everything

True: Sethi believes that hypnotherapy can cure many things, “especially those conditions that come from the mind, emotions or trauma, such a fear, anxiety, phobias and bad habits.” Also, hypnotherapy can assist and support the healing process of many physical illnesses, she adds, “but cannot claim to replace medicine if the physical body also needs to be healed in a physical way.”

You can’t be ‘remotely’ hypnotised

False: You don’t have to be in the same room as your hypnotherapist for it to work. “Hypnosis can take place in the presence of the hypnotherapist and also over the phone or by such things as Skype as all that is required is the intention, relaxation and focus,” says Sethi.

All hypnotherapists are the same

False: “Always choose a registered clinical Hypnotherapist, who is a member of the NHRA (National Hypnotherapy Register of Australia). In this way you can be assured of appropriate training, effectiveness and ethical standards,” said Yildiz.


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