Is Hypnotherapy Mind Control?

People often ask me if hypnotherapy is mind control. I used to say no. I’ve come to realise it is actually a bit more complex than this  – it is about mind control but the only person who controls the mind is the person themselves! I cannot control anyone’s mind and would never want to. That’s not what hypnotherapy is about. It is actually about helping the person make the best use of their own mind and inner resources and learning to work with their emotions, habits and thought patterns in the most effective ways.

Because one of the keys aspects of hypnotherapy is about working with a very old part of our brains known as the limbic system. An important role of this system is managing emotional and primitive responses. It is the fight or flight part of the brain and warns us when we’re in danger. If it thinks something bad is going to happen it takes over from the intellectual and rational parts of our brains (the prefrontal cortex) and steps in to help.

Unfortunately, it’s a bit like an old computer operating system that hasn’t updated and struggles to deal with modern day life issues. As a result, issues like depression, anxiety and anger can all be attributed to the mechanisms of this system which are unhelpful and often unnecessary.

When we’re operating from the intellectual part of our brains we are able to make the best decisions and put our best foot forward. Hypnotherapy helps us  put our rational, logical, creative minds in control and supports us to reach our goals and best selves. It is about promoting calm, balance and thinking in our best interests.

We have evolved to produce helpful, rewarding brain responses from living in particular ways – being active, interacting with others and thinking healthily. When we carry out activities like these we get a flow of feel-good chemicals like serotonin, dopamine and endorphins. Whereas with depression we lack the effective flow of serotonin and with anxiety we get an overflow of stress chemicals like adrenaline and cortisol: Our limbic system’s way of getting us ready to run! Hypnotherapy helps the person work towards these helpful ways of living, based upon what the person wants.

I practice Solution Focused Hypnotherapy which uses therapeutic techniques that work seamlessly together. In addition I use Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and methods from Positive Psychology to enhance wellbeing and help people get to where they want to be.

These techniques are useful in a whole range of life areas from managing life’s difficulties, personal development to stopping smoking and even working with pain. But the person sets the goals. The person is in control. It is really about putting YOU back in the driving seat.

For a free initial consultation with me please call me on 07810 823529 or email

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