What do you do when your patient is under hypnosis?
I give the unconscious brain a different outlook on the past, thus eliminating blockages. For example, if someone doesn't like vegetables because they’re linked to a painful event, I'll re-establish the order of things and disassociate the two elements. Vegetables must be linked to a pleasurable sensation. Modifying certain perceptions is part of my work, but this only works when the patient wants things to change.
Why do you think that people are fearful of hypnosis?
People are afraid of losing control, that's what puts them off, but actually you remain conscious all the way through the session. It's a special type of consciousness because it's enlarged, and it's the only time when the two sides of the brain are in a receptive mode. The therapist is a guide to the unconscious, nothing more. It's the patient who does most of the work! Thanks to hypnosis, what would have been difficult and restrictive (a diet, for example), instead becomes something you enjoy doing, provided of course that the person really wants to change.
Are there drawbacks or restrictions?
The only rule is to have a real desire for change, because without this the treatment is useless. There's no point in attempting it if you're not properly motivated. As I said earlier, hypnosis isn't magic!