Those who are new to hypnotherapy should be realistic about what the treatment can achieve. Although the effects of hypnotherapy can be wide-ranging, like other treatments, it does have some limitations.
As with anything, there are some factors that can affect the outcome of your hypnotherapy sessions:
Your symptoms: Many different symptoms can be resolved with hypnotherapy, even so it can’t help them all. Often, tobacco addicts can have good results only with hypnotherapy; however people with severe narcotics also need medical professional helps. Your hypnotherapist can tell you whether his service can improve your unique condition. The length and the intensity of treatments depend on the severity of your symptoms. Smoking cessation program may take only two or three sessions, however people with bulimia may need months of treatment due to the deeper issues involved.
Your expectations: Some people expect too much from hypnotherapy. They may think that hypnosis is a magical panacea for all physical and emotional ailments. However, the “I-will-lose-25-pounds-each-month” mindset is doomed to a quick failure. While being optimistic is important, you also need to be completely realistic from the outset. You shouldn’t expect miracle from hypnotherapy. Ask the therapist whether your expectations are well placed and realistic. Many times you can safely expect improvement for your symptoms, but there is always a risk for failure.
Your concerns: Are you comfortable with your hypnotherapy sessions? Do you have any concern with the outcome, such as, whether the positive effects will be permanent? Some people are also concerned that they can’t go into a deep hypnosis state in each treatment. Others are worried that their deep trance treatments will affect their daily life in a bad way. Before starting a session, it is important to be honest with the therapist A few patients let such worries fester away, which may affect the treatment outcome.
Your relationship with the therapist: It is important to be comfortable with the therapist and he should be someone you can trust. Better relationships can ensure that things will run smoothly. If you’re not feeling comfortable or even dislike the therapist for some reasons, you either need to improve the relationship or find another therapist. Trusting the therapist is an essential part in the success of hypnotherapy sessions.
Your current situation: Our life is full with ups and downs. A high peak or a deep valley of your emotional state can help or hinder our efforts. If all is well, you tend to feel motivated, positive and upbeat. A positive mindset affects the way you undergo a therapy, you will feel more motivated and optimistic about the process and the final outcome. Often, a positive mindset allows the hypnotherapist to access your unconscious mind easier and suggestions can be implanted better. However, for those with stressful or frustrating life, the opposite may be true. A negative emotion may decisively hinder your progress, giving you a gloomy outlook toward the outcome and things can be slowed down or even fail. Even so, under the guidance of a skilled therapist, your therapy can still work well, despite what’s currently happening in your life. Often, it is a good idea to let your therapist know all your negative thoughts and emotions, which will allow him to adapt the treatment procedures. In some cases, negative feelings are persistent and although they are not related to the goal of the therapy, it is possible for them to hamper the treatment. The right step should be divert the focus to deal with those emotions first.
Motivation is perhaps the most important step in ensuring success in hypnotherapy sessions. There are many things that motivate people to seek hypnotherapy. Most of the time, motivation is good for you.
But these are examples of negative motivation
Because someone told you to do it: Sometimes, someone urged or told you to follow hypnotherapy sessions. You need to understand why he is pushing you to try this treatment. Some people may try to manipulate you, but it is more likely that the person has a genuine concern on your welfare, for example wanting to help you lose weight or not wanting you to suffer a chronic disease because you smoke regularly. Even if, it is based on a good intention, your spouse may threaten to leave you or use other emotional blackmail to coerce you into following the sessions.
If you don’t feel the need to change and you are going for the treatment only because your spouse or parent wants you to, then the therapist can sit next to you waffling on to his heart’s content and he won’t make even the slightest differences. Even if you have improvement, before you know it, your old bad habits will hit you back squarely on the face. Why? Because, you don’t have the desire to change. And short of a thorough brainwashing technique, even a master therapist can’t change you. If you believe that someone asks you to try the treatment out of genuine concern, it is a good idea to take some time to listen to him. After all if you can make an effort to fix things, you may as well salvage your future and become a much better person.
Because you don’t have the urge: This applies to the unwilling amongst us! Those who seek a quick way out, won’t go very far with hypnotherapy. Of course, hypnotherapy can ease and speed up the changes, but it will work only if you put enough efforts into it.
Without the propelling forces, we won’t get anywhere. Imagine yourself as a stalled car, often it takes more than one people to get it moving. If you just rest both hands against it, you’ll get nowhere fast! If you want to have the best chance of succeeding, an appropriate motivation is necessary.