Dispelling Myths Around Hypnotherapy

Dispelling Myths Around Hypnotherapy

By Published On: August 11, 2023Categories: Blog, Clinical Hypnotherapy, Edmonton

Hypnotherapy is a form of therapeutic intervention that uses hypnosis to promote positive changes in behavior, thoughts, and emotions. However, there are myths around hypnotherapy that stem from several misconceptions that can lead to misunderstandings or fears.

Here are some common myths around hypnotherapy:

1. Loss of Control

One of the most widespread misconceptions is that during hypnotherapy, the person being hypnotized loses control over their actions and thoughts. In reality, hypnotherapy is a collaborative process, and the individual remains aware of their surroundings and is in control of their actions and decisions. They cannot be made to do anything against their will.

2. Mind Control

Some people fear that a hypnotherapist can control their mind and make them do things they wouldn’t normally do. Hypnotherapy is not about taking control of someone’s mind but rather facilitating a relaxed and focused state where the individual can explore their thoughts, emotions, and subconscious patterns in a therapeutic manner.

3. Stage Hypnosis vs. Hypnotherapy

Stage hypnosis, often seen in entertainment settings, involves participants engaging in entertaining or amusing acts under hypnosis. It has led to the misconception that hypnotherapy is also about entertainment and tricks. In reality, stage hypnosis is quite different from clinical hypnotherapy, which is conducted in a therapeutic and professional environment with specific therapeutic goals in mind.

4. Unconsciousness or Sleep

Hypnosis is not sleep or unconsciousness. While a person may appear deeply relaxed and their brainwave activity may change during hypnosis, they are not asleep. They are in a state of focused attention and heightened suggestibility, which allows them to be more receptive to therapeutic suggestions.

5. Only for Weak-minded Individuals

Hypnotherapy is not a sign of weakness or susceptibility to manipulation. In fact, individuals with strong imaginative capabilities and the ability to concentrate are often better responders to hypnotherapy. It can be an effective therapeutic tool for various issues, including anxiety, phobias, smoking cessation, and pain management.

6. Instant and magical results

Hypnotherapy is not a magical cure that produces instant results. While some people may experience positive changes after just a few sessions, for others, it may take more time and a series of sessions to achieve the desired outcomes. Like any therapeutic approach, individual results can vary.

7. Only for certain issues

Hypnotherapy is versatile and can be used to address a wide range of issues, from stress and anxiety to habits, phobias, and emotional trauma. It is not limited to specific problems and can be customized to suit individual needs and goals.

Overall, hypnotherapy is a well-established and evidence-based therapeutic modality that can be effective in helping individuals achieve positive behavioral and emotional changes. It is essential though to consult a qualified and certified Hypnotherapist to address any concerns and gain a better understanding of how hypnotherapy can benefit you.

So, now that we’ve demystified the misconceptions and myths around hypnotherapy, and delved deeper into its transformative potential, ready to transform your life?

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Position: Hypnotherapy
Categories: Addictions, Anxiety, Clinical Hypnotherapy, Concentration, Confidence Building, Creativity and Self-Development, Emotional Health, Enhancing Self-Esteem, Fertility, Gender Reassignment, Habit Disorders and Addictions, Headaches & Migraines, Inclusive Health, Insomnia and Sleep Health, Pain Management, Phobias, PTSD, Sexual Dysfunction and Relationship Problems, Sports Injury, Stress

Anjali, a Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist with an extensive academic background in Clinical Psychology, advocates for the powerful potential of hypnosis as a therapeutic tool. Anjali has a deep understanding of the power of the subconscious mind and is determined to restore the integrity of hypnotherapy, which has often been overshadowed by stage shows and pop-culture portrayals.

Her invaluable experience as a Clinical Hypnotherapist at a De-addiction and Rehabilitation Center has afforded Anjali the opportunity to work closely with individuals grappling with addiction. Through her dedicated efforts, she focuses on identifying and addressing the underlying triggers that contribute to addictive behaviours.

Anjali abides by the mantra, “A tense mind can never exist in a relaxed body,” highlighting the importance of relaxation for holistic well-being.

She employs techniques such as Breathing Awareness and Mind-Body Relaxation and guides her clients to delve into target areas of the mind at profound levels. This approach facilitates sustainable improvements, empowering clients to overcome challenges and make lasting positive changes in their lives.

To enhance the effectiveness of the therapeutic process, Anjali encourages her clients to practice with session recordings as advised. By committing to this practice, individuals can reinforce the progress achieved during their sessions and further deepen their personal growth.

Anjali’s dedication to her clients’ well-being, combined with her expertise in Clinical Hypnotherapy and understanding of Clinical Psychology, make her a compassionate and effective guide on their journey towards transformation and healing.


  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical and Applied Hypnotherapy
  • Masters in Clinical Psychology
  • B.A. Psychology, Journalism, English Literature


  • Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist (RCH), Canada Association Of Counselling Hypnotherapists And Educators (CACHE)
  • Certified Hypnotherapist (CH) – National Guild of Hypnotists

Fluency: 🇬🇧 – English | 🇮🇳 – Hindi, Gujarati (fluent); Bengali, Punjabi (conversational)

Anjali Nagda, Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist

Anjali Nagda 🇬🇧 🇮🇳


Anjali, a Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist with an extensive academic background...

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