Hypnosis Q&A

Hypnosis Q&A

How Can Hypnosis Help Me?

Do you want to make a change in your life, but just can’t seem to do it? Maybe you want to quit smoking, manage stress, improve performance, or overcome a negative habit. Maybe you have a fear that limits your life, like a fear of driving or flying. Possibly you get nervous and tense at the thought of being in social situations, making a presentation, or going on an interview. Maybe you want to get out of the habit of negative thinking and worrying. Simply put, hypnosis helps to neutralize ineffective behavior patterns, beliefs, and emotions stored in the subconscious mind.

Is Hypnosis “Legitimate”?

Hypnosis has been (and continues to be) extensively researched, and its effectiveness has been demonstrated over and over again. As a result of high-tech imaging techniques and the emerging field of neuroscience, scientists have demonstrated the influence of hypnosis on the brain. Hypnosis is taught at medical schools and is in use at major medical centers wordwide. It may be referred to as guided imagery, creative visualization, or NLP, which are actually techniques used as part of the hypnotic process. There have been numerous clinical studies on the use of hypnosis in smoking cessation, weight loss, stress reduction, pain control, healing, irritable bowel syndrome, reduction of chemotherapy side effects, and more. Even the government’s National Institute of Health (NIH) has conducted studies demonstrating the benefits of hypnosis.

What Is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a powerful vehicle for change that is in use worldwide. When you are in a hypnotic state, your body relaxes, your range of focus narrows, brain wave activity shifts, and you are receptive to positive suggestions that are in harmony with your goals. The analytical and intellectual part of your mind (the conscious) quiets down; and the part of your mind that determines much of your behavior and stores feelings, emotions, and memories (your subconscious mind) is more easily accessed. In this state, it is easier to recall and even re-experience events. Hypnosis is a natural and spontaneous state—one that you’ve been in many times, perhaps without even realizing it, such as when you were caught up in a good book, movie, or TV program, or when you “zoned out” while driving your car.

What Does It Feel Like To Be Hypnotized?

Within a matter of minutes, the cares and concerns of the day leave you. Tense muscles relax and other positive physiological changes take place. Some clients report feeling “light and floaty,” while others say they feel like they’re “melting into the chair.” Others say they have no concept of their body whatsoever. Everybody’s experience is unique. It’s been said that being in hypnosis for even a few moments creates the feeling of having slept for hours. Yet, when you are in a hypnotic state, you are focused and your subconscious mind is very receptive to positive suggestions. You hear everything that is being said, and you respond to questions if they are asked. You are always in control of your responses and behaviors. Your ability to enter a hypnotic state increases with each session—and with the practice of self-hypnosis. Hypnosis is not sleep.

Can Anyone Be Hypnotized?

Just about anyone who wants to be, can be. Anyone of average or above average intelligence can be hypnotized and in fact spontaneously goes into hypnosis several times a week.  As noted above (see “What is Hypnosis?”) our brains are hardwired for hypnosis, and you’ve spontaneously entered this state many times.

Is It Possible To “Get Stuck” In Hypnosis?

No. If for some peculiar reason, the hypnotist left the room for an extended period of time while you were in a state of hypnotic relaxation, you would either sense that and emerge on your own, or you would continue to just enjoy the feeling and emerge when you feel like it, or you would drift into a sleep state, take a little nap, and wake up when you’re ready.

Can Hypnosis Make A Person Lose Control – And Do Or Say Embarrassing Things?
Of course not—you are always in control and can emerge at any time. And, no one can be hypnotized against her will. Understandably, you may have a distorted view of what hypnosis is if you’ve seen hypnosis stage shows, which are strictly for entertainment purposes, or TV sitcoms or horror shows that paint a rather bizarre picture of hypnosis. Stage hypnosis and consulting hypnosis are different in their intent. Stage hypnosis entertains, while consulting hypnosis is a tool to enhance the well-being of clients. When you are hypnotized, you are receptive to suggestions that you believe are in your best interest. If anything is suggested that is counter to your beliefs, values, or goals, your mind will simply ignore it.

Are There Any Side Effects Or Dangers Related To Hypnosis?

There are no dangers related to the appropriate use of hypnosis—and there are a number of benefits in addition to those already noted. Because hypnosis tends to quiet the body and mind, many clients report a greater ability to handle stress, and note that their sleep quality has improved.

Is Consulting Hypnosis the Same as a Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapists generally are psychologists and other licensed mental health professionals who treat people with more serious emotional and mental disturbances through the use of standard psychotherapy (“talk therapy”)- and they incorporate hypnotic techniques, if they feel it is appropriate. It is becoming more routine for licensed mental health professionals and physicians to refer clients to Consulting Hypnotists – especially when traditional measures (e.g., counseling, medications) yield minimal results.

What is the difference between a stage hypnotist and a consulting hypnotist?

The are very different in intent. Consulting Hypnotists are skilled professionals who assist people in making positive changes, working primarily with the subconscious mind. Their clients are usually people facing ordinary life challenges. Stage hypnotists are entertainers.

I Think I’d Like To Try This – What’s Next?

Contact me to discuss your needs and determine if hypnosis is appropriate for you. If it is, we’ll probably schedule three visits, the first of which will be approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours. It will include a comprehensive intake (questions), along with a discussion about hypnosis, the induction of hypnosis, and implementation of our agreed-upon suggestions. Many issues are resolved in three meetings (smoking cessation, for example), others may require several more sessions. Together, we’ll evaluate your progress at the end of the third visit. Generally, three to six sessions are adequate for most issues, but that depends on several factors. My goal is to assist you in the shortest amount of time and to equip you with the tools to help yourself. I look forward to speaking with you!