Hypnosis carries very few risks. Hypnosis may not be appropriate for individuals with certain medical problems, or who are actively abusing drugs or alcohol, or who are delusional or hallucinating. For physical problems, such as pain, hypnosis should be used only after the client has first consulted a physician to determine the underlying physical cause and is treating the cause in a medically appropriate way. Hypnosis is not a substitute for medical care. If you think you might have one of these situations, please discuss it with us.
Hypnosis is often requested for the purpose of uncovering childhood memories. Sometimes hypnosis will not work in this regard. Talk to your therapist about potential problems with memory recovery. Recovered memories may be distressing or delightful or anything in-between.
On rare occasions, after trance work, you may feel somewhat groggy or disoriented. This feeling usually passes quickly. Your therapist depends on you to tell how you feel afterwards. Your therapist can work together with you to make sure that you are fully alert and energized sufficiently to continue the day's work.
In very rare cases, after an hypnotic session, you may experience mildly disturbing thoughts or feelings. If this happens, discuss them with your therapist in your next session. This may help open the door to important therapeutic discoveries and insights.