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3 Things Hypnosis Cannot Do (But Therapy Can)

When hypnosis is led by a licensed mental health practitioner and integrated with other therapy methods and a treatment plan, hypnotherapy can be a powerful tool used to your benefit. Whether you’re struggling with a mild case of situation-specific anxiety or you have a decades-long habit of overeating, hypnotherapy can make a lasting and positive impact. Read on to learn some common hypnosis misconceptions, 3 things hypnosis cannot do, and what hypnotherapy can help with.

Misconceptions vs. Reality

Many people have multiple misconceptions about hypnosis and therapy. Perhaps they believe hypnosis is a fun party trick where observers watch participants do silly things, while therapy is simply sitting on a chaise in a quiet room while someone with a notepad asks you questions. Unfortunately, there are even those who do not believe hypnosis or therapy works.

While these impressions are common in movies, the reality is very different. Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis as a tool. The goal is to bring you to a calm and relaxed mental state that is more receptive to heightened concentration and suggestions. Therapy can be incredibly beneficial and empowering, and the most effective therapy methods change based on your needs.

3 Things Hypnosis Alone Cannot Do

Change Your Behaviors

Whether you’re trying to stop smoking or struggling with weight loss from overeating, hypnosis is not a one-step cure. You still retain all of your free will. If you do not want to stop a behavior, no amount of hypnosis can compel you to do so. Changing your behaviors will require additional therapy methods, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and ongoing work with your therapist to develop new patterns.

Change Your Way of Thinking

Next on our list of 3 things hypnosis cannot do is change your way of thinking. If you’re wary of trying hypnosis because you’re worried you’ll unwillingly spill your secrets or change your morals, you have no need to worry. Similar to behavioral changes, hypnosis cannot force you to think a certain way. It’s not the mind control you might see in the movies.

Guarantee a Fix

Hypnosis is not the method to a guaranteed fix for all problems. An essential part of transforming your life depends on a sincere desire to do so. If you do not want to change, hypnosis cannot make you do it. Remember that hypnosis is supposed to be one of many tools at a therapist’s disposal.

What Hypnotherapy Can Help With

Aid in Behavioral Therapy

Are you stuck in a loop of failed attempts to quit smoking? Are you held back from weight loss goals because of overeating habits you can’t seem to break? Maybe you’re struggling with the motivation to get up and explore the world. While changing your behaviors may be on our list of 3 things hypnosis cannot do, hypnotherapy can help you find success.

At Miami Hypnosis and Therapy, we start with hypnotherapy to help you relax and reveal the causes behind your behaviors. Once you identify why you consistently overeat or pick up smoking again and again, it is much easier to formulate a treatment plan to reframe those behaviors. Hypnotherapy pairs well with CBT to address your behavioral needs and goals.

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Assist With Mental Health

Depression and anxiety can be a struggle people face their entire lives, while others may experience it after specific events like losing a loved one or other single, though life-altering, events. The goal of hypnotherapy for depression and anxiety is to help rediscover joy in your life.

Our techniques combine hypnotherapy with CBT and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). These methods are designed to help you process trauma, redirect unwanted thoughts, and develop new ways of thinking so you can heal.

Improve Your Chances of Change

Our list of 3 things hypnosis cannot do stated that hypnosis does not guarantee change. While hypnotherapy also does not ensure change, the therapy component improves the likelihood of success. It is important to remember that therapy is a process that takes time. Therapy works toward long-term goals that are meant to last rather than provide quick fixes. While it does require some patience, you will be happier with the results in the end!

Start the Healing Journey

Miami Hypnosis and Therapy specializes in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and hypnotherapy techniques that help you positively transform your life. Take the first step! Contact us today to book a consultation.

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Anna Marchenko

Anna Marchenko, LMHC, M.A., Ed.M. is the principal therapist at Miami Hypnosis and Therapy. She holds a bachelor's degree from NYU and dual masters degrees from Columbia University. Marchenko’s hypnosis certification is from the only hypnosis program in Florida that has been certified by the state’s Board of Education. She helps her clients by utilizing an integrative approach to psychotherapy, tailored to each individual’s mental health journey, drawing from hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, NLP therapy, EMDR, and more.

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