Can I get stuck in a Hypnotic Trance?
The short answer is no.However, it is a thought that runs through many people’s minds and even puts them off seeking help from a professional hypnotherapist. This is hardly surprising when we relate to bygone movies.
Importantly, I don’t put you into a trance. You put yourself into the trance and I just act as a facilitator to guide you down that road. Let me give you an example by asking you to think back to a time when you learnt to drive.
Even from the very first lesson the driving instructor sat beside you, but you were in control of the car. They simply issued instructions in a structured manner and you followed them. It became easier with each lesson and soon you were able to drive without their help.
Going into a trance is like learning to drive – you are the one in control and it becomes easier each time you do it.
The next point is that going into a trance is a natural everyday experience for most of us. Again, let me give you a few examples.
Imagine yourself driving along a familiar road and your thoughts wanders off – perhaps to a holiday or something that needs doing at work, or whatever. Your mind can become so engrossed with these thoughts that you forget passing certain landmarks. However, the great thing is that if anything needs your attention – such as someone stepping out in front of the car – you can immediately snap out of the trance and do whatever is necessary. You are still in control.
Perhaps another example is when you are watching television your mind can wander off. You are still staring at the programme, but you cannot remember a section. You simply come back when you are ready.
Have you zoned out at a meeting before?
The hypnotherapist guides you into a trance and then guides you out of it again. Coming out of the trance is a nice, gentle affair. I usually tell my clients that I am going to count slowly from five to one and on the count of one they will be wide awake and eager to get on with their day. This gives them ample time to restore all their normal feelings.
Some clients do go into a very deep state of relaxation and just want to stay there a bit longer. It is not that they are stuck in a trance, but they feel so relaxed and comfortable that they just want to enjoy it a bit longer. Usually, counting them out again, being a little louder or firmer (never threatening) will do the trick. Just like the examples above – they will come out of the trance when they are ready.
So, going into a trance and coming back out is a perfectly natural thing that we do it every day.
I hope that allays any concerns about being stuck in a trance. Now find a professional hypnotherapist that you feel that you can work with. You
are welcome to book a Free Initial Consultation with me to find out more.