What are the potential risks and side effects of hypnotherapy?

Like any form of therapy, hypnotherapy has some potential risks and side effects, although they are generally considered to be minimal. The most common side effect is drowsiness, which is caused by the relaxation induced during the hypnosis session. Some people may also experience headaches or nausea. However, these side effects are usually temporary and mild.

In rare cases, hypnotherapy can lead to the emergence of repressed memories, which can be distressing for the person undergoing therapy. It is important to note that the validity and accuracy of these memories are controversial, and some experts believe that they may be fabricated by the power of suggestion or influenced by the therapist's suggestions.

Additionally, hypnotherapy should not be used for people with certain mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, as it may exacerbate their symptoms. It should also not be used as a substitute for medical treatment or to treat serious mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety disorders.