Updated: Jul 20, 2019
Have questions about hypnotherapy and how it works? The following are some of the most popular questions that I have been asked, along with the answer for each one. If you don't find the answer you are searching for here, please contact me!
What exactly is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a process where a hypnotherapist and you will use hypnosis to interact with your subconscious mind to help bring about positive changes in your life. It is a process that requires your willingness to change and be hypnotized, and it is a process that will help bring about a deep state of relaxation for you.
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a deep state of relaxation for your mind and body. This is a natural trance state that many people enter into on a daily basis. For example, when you are falling asleep at night, you are putting yourself into a state of hypnosis before you fall into a deep sleep. Many people experience hypnosis when watching television, or driving a vehicle. Your mind can go into a trance state when doing these activities, and you are not even aware of it happening. So hypnosis is a very natural trance state for everyone.
Will I be aware of what is happening during hypnosis?
You will be completely aware during the entire hypnosis session, but everyone is different on what they remember when they awake from hypnosis. Some people remember everything that happened, and will come out of hypnosis with a clear memory of it. Other people will only remember bits and pieces of the session, or they will remember nothing at all.
The hypnotherapist will provide you with a CD or MP3/MP4 recording of the session to listen to at home. This will help you know exactly what happened during the session, and it will be used for self hypnosis at home to help reinforce what the hypnotherapist did during the session.
Can I be hypnotized to do things against my will?
The answer to this is No. No one can be made to do anything against their will, or that is against your morals or ethics. That is a myth. Your subconscious mind will protect you from this happening, and the subconscious mind can reject any suggestion it is given, especially if it is a suggestion that the subconscious mind believes is a threat to you. So your subconscious mind will protect you from this happening.
Hypnosis only works if you are a willing participant during the session. The people that you see during stage hypnosis, allow these suggestions to be given and followed because they are there for the fun of it, and not for therapy.
Will I tell all my secrets or lose control during hypnosis?
This is another common myth. You are always in control during hypnosis, and you will be able to easily hear everything that is said during hypnosis. You will simply be in a very relaxed trance state, and no secrets will be revealed by you during this trance state.
Is hypnosis dangerous?
This is also a myth. Hypnosis is not dangerous at all for anyone. You are always the one in control, and you can come back to a full waking state at any time that you choose to. Your subconscious mind is always there to protect you, and it will do so at all times while you are hypnotized because it is always on the job of protecting you.
How does it feel to be hypnotized?
Hypnosis is a very relaxing and natural trance state. Your body and mind will be relaxed during hypnosis, and you will come out of hypnosis feeling relaxed and calm. It is similar to going to sleep at night, when you are just about to drift off to sleep, and are very relaxed, but you are not yet in a deep sleep.
What is going to happen during a hypnotherapy session?
The first thing that the hypnotherapist will have you do is to fill out an intake form. This is a form that provides the hypnotherapist with detailed information about you, and what you want to change during hypnosis.
Next the hypnotherapist will spend some time asking you some questions, and learning what you want the outcome of the hypnotherapy session to be.
Then the therapist will begin the hypnosis process of helping you relax so that they can begin working with your subconscious mind to help bring about the positive changes that you want to happen in your life.
After the session is over you will feel very relaxed and calm. Then the hypnotherapist will take time to ask you a few more questions, and will give you suggestions for after you leave their office that will help you with continuing the process of making the positive changes in your life that you are trying to make.
Who can be hypnotized?
Anyone can by hypnotized if they are able to pay attention and follow simple instructions, and if they have a willingness to undergo hypnosis.
What age does a person have to be to be hypnotized?
People at any age are able to hypnotized, but generally anyone that is between the ages of 12 and over are very capable of undergoing hypnosis. A child just needs to have a parent’s permission to by hypnotized.
Will I be asleep during the hypnotherapy session?
No, hypnosis is not sleep. It is a natural trance state that will allow your mind and body to become very relaxed during the session so that the hypnotherapist can work with your subconscious mind to bring about positive changes in your life.
What if I am unable to be hypnotized?
Everyone is able to be hypnotized. Before starting the hypnosis session we can do a fun exercise that will allow you to see for yourself just how well you will respond to hypnosis.
What are the requirements for being a good hypnosis subject?
There are only a few requirements for being a good hypnosis subject. You need to have a desire and willingness to be hypnotized to help you bring about positive changes in your life. You also need to be able to concentrate, and follow simple instructions.
How does hypnosis work?
Hypnosis works by allowing your mind and body to relax into a trance state so that the hypnotherapist can work with your subconscious mind. The therapist will use words and language that the subconscious mind can easily accept to help bring about positive changes in your life.
The subconscious mind is where all information about a person’s life, habits, fears, phobias, etc… are stored, and to make positive and lasting changes to a person’s life, the subconscious mind needs to be accessed. Hypnosis is the process that allows the hypnotherapist to easily work with the subconscious mind.
What can hypnosis be used for?
Hypnosis can be used for smoking cessation, weight loss or weight management, pain management, past life regression, self esteem, fears, phobias, improving memory, child birth, stress reduction or stress management, high blood pressure, anxiety, panic attacks, tension, migraine headaches, stomach disorders, asthma, allergies, improving learning experiences, improving athletic performance, improving creativity, sleep or insomnia, overcoming depression, changing habits, drug addiction, and many other problems.
If you are unsure if hypnosis can help with your particular problem, contact a hypnotherapist to ask them about it. They will be able to tell you whether your problem can be helped by hypnosis.
What is hypnosis able to cure?
Hypnosis is not a cure for anything. It is a tool that is used for therapy and treatment to make positive changes for a person with help from their subconscious mind. A hypnotherapist is not a doctor and will not make diagnoses, will not write prescriptions for anything, and will not cure anything. The hypnotherapist uses this process with your participation and willingness to change various things in your life, but if you are looking for a cure then hypnosis may not be right for you, and it is suggested that you seek help from a medical doctor, psychologist or mental health practitioner.
How effective is hypnosis for bringing about positive changes?
Studies have shown that hypnosis is very effective for bringing about positive changes for many issues in a person’s life. The following statistics show how effective hypnosis is for a few different issues.
Smoking cessation – “90.6% success rate”
Weight loss – “90%” effective for losing weight and keeping it off for 2 years after the hypnosis treatment
Drug addiction – “77% success rate”
You can learn more details about the above statistics, and about many other studies that have been done about the effectiveness of hypnosis on the site: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_statistics_on_the_effectiveness_of_hypnosis
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