Myth 1: Only crazy people go to therapy.
Fact 1: Most people have stress throughout their lives that may be helped with therapy.
Myth 2: Therapy is a quick fix.
Fact 2: Some people wait many years to try therapy. The problems they are trying to fix have often become a part of who they think they are. Therapy is a process of changing behaviors and thoughts which can take long periods of time. Sometimes people feel worse before they feel better.
Myth 3: My therapist is responsible for my therapy. There is nothing I can do to make it more successful.
Fact 3: You and your therapist are equally responsible for your response to therapy. Research supports that success in therapy is largely dependent on several factors including your expectations, your readiness for change, and your relationship with your therapist. You can do things outside of therapy to improve your chances of success such as doing what your therapist suggests as “homework”. Being open and honest with your therapist also helps you make progress more quickly.
Myth 4: Going to therapy for my medical problems means that it is “all in my head.”
Fact 4: Medical problems often cause depression and anxiety forming a complex interaction between the two. By treating both the medical condition and psychological factors, you may see improvements in all of your symptoms.
Myth 5: Hypnosis will cause me to lose control and make me do things against my will.
Fact 5: Hypnosis is a state of increased awareness and focus. You are in complete control of what you do.
Myth 6: Hypnosis is bad and is “the devil’s work.”
Fact 6: All things can be used for good and bad purposes. It is not hypnosis that is bad, but the operator. It depends on the professional and moral views of the therapist. Hypnosis is a natural, beneficial, positive state.