The scientific use of hypnotherapy to treat individuals dates as far back as the late 18th century. The field has since undergone rapid development, with it now being used to help countless people improve their quality of life. 

Among other contemporary uses, hypnotherapy is used for anger management, anxiety therapy, drug treatment, alcohol addiction, and weight loss. Unfortunately, despite its widespread use in holistic treatment approaches, hypnotherapy is still surrounded by a lot of confusion, and several myths exist about it. 

These misconceptions are damaging for hypnotherapy practitioners—but even more so for clients who avoid seeking help because these myths discredit the technique. 

To help set the record straight, we’ve addressed the three most common myths surrounding hypnotherapy and debunked them right here. 

Myth 1: Hypnotized people can be manipulated

False. More often than not, the clients who visit us feel an overwhelming lack of control over their lives. Whether its drug addiction or uncontrollable panic attacks that disrupt their daily lives, many clients think they have no agency. 

Treatment with hypnosis actually helps clients regain control over their lives. By uncovering, assessing, processing, and releasing suppressed emotion or trauma, they can better navigate their lives. 

Additionally, for hypnosis to work, the person must be willing and cooperative. Trust between the client and practitioner is essential so that treatment is successful. 

person in a session with a hypnotherapy practitioner

Myth 2: Hypnotism is just entertainment

False. Hypnotism has been used for entertainment and theater, but that’s not all there is to it. Hypnotherapy is a powerful means of helping individuals overcome subconscious fears, addressing them and moving forward with more successful lives. 

In fact, many medical associations have condemned the use of hypnosis for public entertainment, especially given that the risk of adverse posthypnotic reactions is higher in this case. 

Myth 3: Hypnotism is dangerous

False. When carried out by an experienced practitioner, hypnotherapy is very safe. In many cases, it’s considered a safer solution than drugs that can have unwanted effects. For instance, weight loss medication often comes with serious side effects, so hypnotherapy for weight loss management is a better option. 

Make sure you choose a hypnotherapy specialist who has several years of experience in the field and offers customized treatment plans. 


Are you suffering from chronic pain or anxiety, or other issues like alcoholism, drug addiction, and eating disorders? Advanced Hypnotherapy of Naples can help. 

Visit our clinic in Naples, Florida and take the first step to a better life with cognitive and sub-cognitive therapy. Schedule an appointment with us today. 

Written by

Peter Williams CHt. CHI