Hypnotherapy Frequently Asked Questions

IS HYPNOSIS SAFE?

Absolutely!  There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding hypnosis, including the idea that the hypnotist has power over a client in the hypnotic state and has the ability to require the person to act against their will or reveal private information.  These scenarios often portrayed in movies, TV, or stage shows are fabrications solely for entertainment purposes conducted with the full approval and participation of the subject. The hypnotic state is more likened to a daydream state in which you remain in control and are able to direct the images and thoughts that flow through your mind.  Your sense of privacy, morals and ethics remain intact.

Hypnosis is a non-invasive therapy, approved the American Medical Association in 1958 as an effective, gentle and safe therapy.  Most people are not aware that they experience hypnosis every day.  The trance-like feelings you experience while daydreaming, reading a book, watching a movie, or working on a project that holds your interest are hypnotic states characterized by focused attention.

CAN I BE HYPNOTIZED?

Yes…  Anyone can be hypnotized.  Because all hypnosis is really self-hypnosis, a person must simply allow themselves to experience it.  When you find yourself absorbed in a book or movie or experience driving on ‘auto-pilot’ or ‘zone out’, you’re experiencing an everyday hypnotic state.  Have you ever driven and arrived at your destination without being able to recall how you actually navigated to that destination?  If so…you experienced every-day hypnosis.

While some people have an extraordinary ability to enter the hypnotic state, most people respond to hypnosis techniques in much the same way they do to a good book or movie…becoming enjoyably absorbed and free from the distractions around them.  Consciously choosing to enter a state of hypnosis will allow you to communicate with your subconscious and its vast, powerful healing potential and its ability to implement the meaningful, positive behavioral change you desire.

CAN I GET  ‘STUCK’?

No.  Because you remain in control at all times while in hypnosis, you have the power to emerge from your relaxed state at any time you desire.  Even if your hypnotherapist guiding you through hypnosis were to stop talking or leave the room, you would naturally return to a state of full alertness whenever you were ready.  In that hypnosis is typically an enjoyable experience, you might simply drift off to sleep.  If you need to regain full consciousness, during an emergency for example, you would emerge instantly and find yourself able to take appropriate action.

HOW  DOES HYPNOSIS WORK?

Hypnosis is a state of concentrated, focused attention utilizing relaxation and visualization techniques designed to quiet the conscious mind.  When your perceptions of the world around you (often limiting) are temporarily suspended, you are free to access your subconscious mind and its vast resources to implement important behavioral changes.  Hypnotherapy uses these techniques to uncover and shift limiting beliefs, attitudes and habits that inhibit or prevent you from making the changes you desire in your life.  Once the obstacles to your goals have been revealed, you are free to work toward their elimination.  This occurs by replacing these obstacles with healthier ideas, oftentimes imagining or visualizing a healthier future in which you’ve successfully met your goals and achieved a greater, more positive sense of well-being.  As a result of our rich stores of imagination, intuition and other ‘right brain’ functions of the subconscious mind, positive change can occur with the full participation of the client and their belief in the process, as we can gain access to powerful tools for self-change.

HOW WILL I FEEL?

People typically describe hypnosis as a highly pleasurable, relaxing experience…much like an enjoyable daydream.  As a result of induced relaxation, breathing deepens, muscles relax and loosen, and sensations of warmth or tingling may occur throughout the body.  Sometimes a person may notice an increased ability to visualize, imagine, picture or pretend…finding themselves drifting into a guided state of imagined scenarios. While this is a state of focused attention, you may also be aware of the everyday sounds around you.  It is also perfectly natural for the mind to wander during hypnosis and for one to actually wonder if you’re ‘in the state’. Both are indications that you are, in fact, in the hypnotic state.

When you emerge from your session you can anticipate feeling relaxed and rested, as though you’ve just had a short nap.  Often, the perception of time is altered, so your sessions may appear to pass more slowly or quickly then they actually do.

HOW CAN HYPNOTHERAPY HELP?

Hypnotherapy is a powerful and safe resource for any individual who desires meaningful, positive change in their lives.  By allowing you to replace limiting beliefs, habits or attitudes with healthier alternatives that support a life you desire, hypnotherapy can help guide you toward your desired outcome.

It is important to remember that permanent change takes place over a period of time…much the way a bed of weeds can be transformed into a flowering garden with ongoing attention and care.  By working with the powerful healing resources of your subconscious mind, you can learn to live the life you desire and thrive.