You can get stuck in hypnosis – Hypnosis is a very common and natural state of being that most people enter into on a regular basis even if they don’t realise it. Given that it is natural, you cannot get stuck.
You can be ‘controlled’ by the hypnotherapist – You still have free will and if what you are being told goes against your morals and strongest inner beliefs you can leave the state of hypnosis. This is why when working on deep issues (for the benefit of the client and with their permission) it takes time to resolve them, because we have to work carefully so as not to worry the subconscious enough that the client is bought out of hypnosis.
Hypnosis can cure everything – Well that would be fantastic, and whilst hypnotherapy can help with many more issues than most people realise, it is not a ‘cure all’ therapy.
Hypnosis works overnight and I don’t have to make any effort at all – Many people would love it if this were true, and whilst some issues can be dealt with in just session, it is a process and clients need to take part fully and be willing to make some effort to achieve their goals.
Only certain people can be hypnotised – True and false. Everyone can be hypnotised, it is a natural state of being, however, not everyone wants to be hypnotised and will therefore put up barriers or defences to stop it from happening. This often results in them saying that they can’t be hypnotised. It is however important to remember that not everyone should be taken into hypnosis for the purposes of therapy.
It is hard to learn to hypnotise someone – Actually it is quite easy to learn how to hypnotise someone, however, it takes a lot more time and effort to learn how to use this state to actually help people (the therapy part).
You have to be face to face with someone to hypnotise them – No, given the right confidence on the part of the hypnotherapist and the right circumstances a person can be hypnotised by phone, via Skype, Facetime etc. Given that many people easily enter into the state of hypnosis whilst listening to a recording, then the therapist doesn’t really need to be in the same room.
It is very important to remember though if you are undertaking regression or similar work that you must safeguard your client in the way you work. The last thing you want is the phone to be cut off or the connection to drop out and your client is left trying to deal with a difficult emotion issue without your guidance.