August 2, 2017


Posted in Well-being tagged , , , at 11:46 am by kellyfdennis

I recently became a member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. For many years after taking training in clinical hypnosis, I have been using hypnosis as a part of counseling for those who request it, or for those to whom I suggest it might be a nice adjunct to therapy. It is interesting to me the responses I get from people and the mistaken beliefs they hold about hypnosis. I thought I’d share some of the myths about hypnosis incase you’ve ever considered it, but are afraid to try because of something you may have “heard” about it.

Myths about Hypnosis from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis website:

People often fear that being hypnotized will make them lose control, surrender their will, and result in their being dominated, but a hypnotic state is not the same thing as gullibility or weakness. Many people base their assumptions about hypnotism on stage acts but fail to take into account that stage hypnotists screen their volunteers to select those who are cooperative, with possible exhibitionistic tendencies, as well as responsive to hypnosis. Stage acts hep create a myth about hypnosis which discourage people from seeking legitimate hypnotherapy.

Another myth about hypnosis is that people lose consciousness and have amnesia. A small percentage of people, who go into a very deep level of trance, will fit this stereotype and have spontaneous amnesia. The majority of people, however, remember everything that occurs in hypnosis. This is beneficial, because most of what we want to accomplish in hypnosis may be done in a medium depth trance, where people tend to remember everything. In hypnosis, the client is not under the control of the hypnotist. Hypnosis is not something imposed on people, but something they do for themselves. A hypnosis simply serves a facilitator to guide them.

I would add that we naturally go in and out of states of hypnosis pretty regularly. Have you ever been traveling on an interstate and suddenly, it seems, you are at your exit and you really don’t remember getting there? We also are in natural states of hypnosis in those groggy moments between sleep and awake in the morning and being awake and falling asleep at night (hypnogogic).

Our conscious mind is very powerful. Sometimes it can be helpful to get it out of the way and be able to tap into the unconscious mind which can help to facilitate lasting change. Talk to me about it sometime!

Be Well and Have a Wonderful Day!



  1. treichert said,

    As a client who has experienced hypnosis in the therapeutic setting with Kelly, I can attest to its many benefits. The experience is unique. It does take a willingness to be vulnerable. I found that Kelly’s description in her blog to be spot on. I remembered the experience. I was aware of my surroundings and felt completely safe. A benefit to the experience was the unlocking of apprehension to “confronting” difficult and painful memories and people. The confrontation was also a safe way to gather information needed to move forward in my recovery. Kelly and I had several sessions of hypnosis… I highly recommend it.

    • kellyfdennis said,

      Tracey, thanks for your insights on your experience with hypnotherapy! Your thoughts on the process are very accurate. That’s why I do it as a part of the therapy experience, safety and the willingness to allow oneself to let go are important. Keep on moving forward!

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