What’s the difference between Stage Hypnosis, Clinical Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy and Consulting Hypnotism?

Let’s start by saying that .. hypnosis is the state, hypnotism is how you do it, hypnotist is the person who guides you.

Hypnosis is a state where you are able to access your subconscious by bypassing the Critical Factor (FC). You are more open to suggestions that are not against your moral principles and you can create powerful changes. Hypnosis is not mind control. It is not a special power.

The Critical Factor is not a physical part of your brain, but a concept to explain how your mind works. The Critical Factor(CF) decides what your mind takes as true. Notice that I didn’t say “accepts the truth”, but an interpretation of what is true for you. If for example when you were a child your parents told you that you were not smart, there is a point where your CF accepts that as true, even if it false.

Stage Hypnosis is the use of hypnosis for “amusing” … for fun … theatrical … entertainment purposes.

Usually the hypnotist will ask for volunteers. Then the hypnotist will do games — usually suggestibility tests — to find out which volunteers will go into hypnosis easier. Volunteers are usually people eager to participate and are happy to follow instructions and do crazy things because they can always blame “the power of the hypnotist”.

The hypnotist will also play the part of “power and control”.

Most Stage Hypnosis shows are real. Some are fake and prepared. (Notice … I said “some”, most are real).

The keys in Stage Hypnosis are the ability of the hypnotist to show power and control and the eagerness of the volunteers.

Hypnotherapy or Clinical Hypnosis is the use of Hypnosis as therapy by Health Care Professionals. It is the use of hypnosis to change bad habits, addictions or/and medical related problems.

Different countries, states, provinces have different laws and regulations about whom can do hypnotherapy. In some countries if you have training in Hypnosis you can call yourself a hypnotherapist, in others only Health Care Professionals, can say that they do Hypnotherapy.

Consulting Hypnotist is a totally different profession. He/she is a person who has formal training and certification in hypnosis, but he/she is not a Health Care Professional. In reality the process, hypnosis, is the same, but the application is different and called “Consulting Hypnotism”.

We at NLP Hypnosis Centre practice Consulting Hypnotism … meaning ¬†we are not a Medical Facility, we don’t diagnose. We don’t have patients. We have clients who we help reach their personal, professional and business goals.

Sometimes Doctors will refer patients to Consulting Hypnotists and this is an accepted practice in most countries. We at NLP Hypnosis Centre accept referrals from Health Care Professionals.

One problem with Stage Hypnosis is that gives people the impression that the hypnotist has a special power and control over their minds. This creates the misconception that hypnosis is the same as mind control and that you have your mind empty and open to danger under hypnosis, which is not true.

When you come to NLP Hypnosis Centre, we will explain what hypnosis can do or cannot do for you. The first Confidential Consultation is FREE, usually by phone, or Skype, sometimes at our office or we visit you at your office, home or business.

The FREE Consultation Session is between 15-30 minutes and a Certified Consulting Hypnotist answers your questions and explains that we are not a Medical Facility.

During a regular Consulting Hypnotism Session, we use a combination of Hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Life Coaching.

During your visit to our office, at 151B York Street, London, Ontario. Canada, you are in a safe and comfortable setting.

  • We explain you rights as NLP Hypnosis Centre client.
  • Fees, refund, and guarantees.
  • Do suggestively tests to find out how to better help you.

Depending on your goals and your questions …

We normally do first a relaxation using hypnosis. After this you will feel totally relaxed, energized and in control.

Sometimes we have clients that have never seen a Stage Hypnosis show and want to have the experience and we do some games. Nothing silly. Simple games like getting stuck to the seat for example. The whole idea is to show that in reality the control is in you, not the hypnotist and how your beliefs affect your outcomes.

Most people expect to “sleep, or be unconscious during hypnosis” and some clients are surprised to learn that during hypnosis they are still aware and have the control.

In hypnosis your body and mind relax and “recharge” and the same time, so clients feel relaxed and energized at the same time.

The beauty of hypnosis is that can hep you create positive changes faster and easily in a safe way. At the same time it is important to notice that hypnosis is not 100% effective. It is not a miracle cure.

There are some points to understand about hypnosis.

  • Most people are able to go into hypnosis.
  • Hypnosis is real and it works but you cannot be forced “to make” a change, even if it is a positive change. You must want to change first.
  • You can resist hypnosis, but that does not mean you are not able to go into hypnosis. It means you are resisting hypnosis for whatever reason.
  • Hypnosis is a team work … you want to do it and the Hypnotist, Hypnotherapist, or Consulting Hypnotist guides you.

Some Hypnotherapists and Consulting Hypnotists also do Stage Hypnosis, others don’t because in their opinion Stage Hypnosis helps maintain myths about hypnosis. I believe that every one of them, Stage Hypnosis, Clinical Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, and Consulting Hypnotism has a place. The key is to understand what hypnosis really is and how it can help us to be better human beings.




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