Hypnotherapy Misconceptions

I was picking my son up from school when I bumped into another parent, when she asked me what I do for a living and I said 'Im a hypnotherapist' she looked taken aback and said 'oh no, all that mind control, its too scary!!' then hurried off.  It left me thinking that she cannot be the only person in the world who thinks that way and so therefore I thought its probably best for me to put your concerns to rest. 

I too was brought up watching Saturday night television where on the royal variety performance a hypnotist would come on, with a group of people and everyone would laugh in disbelief as he made them cluck like chickens, wear xray specs and reveal their deepest darkest secrets.  All why he stood there in a flamboyant waistcoat, a comb over and held a pocket watch!!  Then of course there was Matt Lucas in Little Britain who cast spells unsuccessfully over people with 'look in to my eyes, not around the eyes, into my eyes!' speil. 

After having this stuff go into our minds its no wonder the parent up the school responded this way.  So, I think its only right I put your mind at ease, seeing as you're already here on my page with a bit of Myth/Fact clarification........


  • Hypnotism is an occult based / made up therapy - Myth

Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy and has absolutely nothing to do with the occult.  Over the recent years (the British Medical Association endorsed the use of hypnosis in 1955 and the American Medical Association in 1958) hypnotherapy has started to be taken much more seriously in the fight to help all people who have fears, phobia, addictions, illnesses, pain management.  It is finally being recognised as one of the greatest tools in our minds armoury!

  • The hypnotherapist can control your mind - Myth

Believe me if this was the case my husband and children would be soooo much tidier!!  Believe it or not, when you're in a session, you (the client) are the only one who is totally in control.  A Hypnotic state is something that the majority of us have everyday, like watching your favourite programme on the TV and not hearing what your partners been saying to you for 10 minutes, or driving your car and realising you have no idea how you got somewhere.  Both of those scenarios are examples of hypnotic states.  Throughout a whole  session my client stays totally in control and can 'wake up' whenever they want to.  I have no 'power' at all. people cannot be hypnotised against their will and, once under hypnosis, cannot be forced to do something they find objectionable.

  • Only gullible people can be hypnotised - Myth

The reverse is true. More intelligent, strong-willed, creative people tend to be the most responsive to hypnosis because their powers of concentration are better. The role of the therapist using hypnosis is to direct this concentration, strong motivation is the most important factor in the ability to participate in the hypnotic experience.

  • Will I give away my secrets?? - Myth

Only in film or fiction can hypnosis be used to extract secrets from an unwilling subject. In life, a hypnotised person is aware of everything that happens . While hypnosis can help patients to express what they want or need to express, it cannot force them to reveal secrets unwillingly.

  • The hypnotherapist will use a pendulum - Myth

One of the most common preconceptions about hypnotherapy is that the hypnotherapist will swing a pendulum in front of the patient to send them into a trance-like state, and then click their fingers when they want to wake them up. Hypnotherapy is more like guiding people through to a very relaxed state of mind, like a daydream, to access the altered state of consciousness. When with a patient, I talk to them and encourage them to enter a deep tranquil state, it is very gradual and really relaxing.

  • Hypnotherapy is like Meditation - Fact

The deep state of relaxation you experience during hypnotherapy has often been compared to the state of being that is achieved from meditation. This is because you quieting the conscious part of your mind, allowing the subconscious to take over.

  • Hypnotherapy is TOTALLY safe - Fact

Much like meditation, hypnotherapy is 100% safe and patients can open their eyes and come out of their relaxed state at any point during the process. It’s a completely natural practice; therefore there are no health and safety risks for the patient.

  • A person in an hypnotic state is still aware of their surroundings - Fact

Clients have reported different experiences following treatment, however during the process the patient will always be aware of their surroundings, and able to hear sounds. It’s also worth noting that the depth of your hypnotic ‘trance’ doesn’t always correspond to your results.

  • Hypnosis only brings about memory loss if that is the intended goal - Fact

Hypnosis is all about suggestion. If the purpose of undergoing hypnotherapy is to forget negative memories, that can be achieved. Forgetting memories is only likely to happen if that’s the goal, and even those memories can be brought back with further suggestion

  • Hypnosis feels different to different people - Fact

People who have undergone hypnosis report different feelings whilst “under”. Some describe their experience like falling asleep with the TV on, while others report feeling heavy. Others use words like “light” or “floating”. Since we all internalise experiences differently, it makes sense that the feeling of hypnosis is different for each person.


So, I really hope that this has helped calm any worries that you may have, if not, please give me a call on 07933346813 and I would be more than happy to put your mind at rest.




The Return of Blue Monday


The annual "Blue Monday" is upon us. This is the name given to the third Monday in January, coined as the most depressing day of the year. Blue Monday has been around since 2005, when a UK travel company claimed to have established the date through an “equation”.

Scientists dismissed the idea as baseless pseudo-science and it later transpired that it had been nothing more than a PR stunt by the travel company. But the term “blue Monday” dates way back to the 1830’s - American literature referred to the “hungover state” of the labour workforce after a weekend spent drinking and associated the colour blue with a depressed state of mind.

The term has stuck, though, and the third Monday of January has been awarded the gloomy title of “Blue Monday” thanks to a combination of post Christmas moodiness, cold dark nights and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills!

The post-Christmas mood-dip and the weather may well affect us adversely, but depression is an everyday phenomenon for those who truly suffer, and those sufferers feel that trivialising it as a one day event only adds to their despair. But if we can use this day to raise awareness and open up a conversation about mental health, that can only be a good thing.

Depression is a real illness with real symptoms - it hijacks the mind and body, and it can affect individuals in many different ways, physically and emotionally.

Hypnosis can help.

Hypnosis is a therapeutic technique that can help you feel yourself again A research study concluded that 75% percent of depression sufferers fared better when receiving hypnosis, as well as cognitive behavioural therapy.

It can provide a mental roadmap which positively clarifies your view of the world and it can return to you your self- control.

Hypnosis can:

• reduce feelings of depression and anxiety

• improve coping ability

• calm the mind

• offer renewed hope

• return self-control

Hypnosis is wholly collaborative and begins with a conversation about what you would like to achieve. Together, we choose the correct approach to meet your individual needs. We can meet face-to-face in person, or online, but however we meet, remember that hypnosis can help you live in the now and create joy in your life again!



Are We Living in Fear??


Are We Living In A Climate Of Fear?

The pandemic continues to be ever present in our lives, and many of us have been tested in ways we could not have imagined. It may even have reached a point where fear may in fact be ruling our lives.
Fear itself though can be a state of mind that controls all aspects of life, and it can show up in many guises.
It could be:

• Fear of loss

• Fear of a lack of security

• Fear for the future

• Fear of illness

• Fear for family safety, or

• Even fear of what others may think of us

In all these scenarios that fear on some level will influence the choices we make.  It’s worth remembering that although extremely powerful, fear is natural human emotion, and it serves a purpose, to keep us safe.
This primitive response alerts us to the presence of danger and can trigger a life-saving fight-or-flight response.
But, in some cases this response can be most unhelpful. It can keep us “stuck” and give us an overwhelming sense of being out of control, of things around us just happening to us.  Fear let’s us see only the darkness, it certainly wants us to avoid anything new or unknown. It prevents us from making the right decisions, or in some
instances it prevents us from making any decisions at all, as we simply “freeze”.

Here are a few ways that can help you to live free of fear

1 Identify your fears - what are you really afraid of?

2 Control only what CAN be controlled – and be confident in taking that

3 Take action - whatever the situation, there is always something you
can do - work out what it is - and take action!

4 Focus on the real present - and decide to live in the now

5 Believe that you can - and will - overcome your fears

6 Watch less news - news is normally pessimistic.

But good news exists everywhere all around you. Write down all the good things you see

7 Trust yourself - you’ve made it through all that life has thrown at you
so far. Have faith in the future - you WILL find a way to face it

8 Take time out - relax and gain some clarity of mind
Just 15 minutes a day, focussing on yourself, can help you regain a sense of
calmness and clarity, to be able to focus on the things you can do and be able
to take back control


Hypnosis with Zensational Minds can help by showing you how to rationalise your fears, how to view them in a different way, whilst giving you the confidence and insight to enable you to live your life to the fullest!