Frequently Asked Questions

Isn’t Hypnosis dangerous?

Myths about hypnosis, perpetuated by Hollywood movies, urban legends and fiction books lead people to think all kinds of things about hypnosis, including that it is somehow dangerous. Some people have heard that you can go into trance and not wake up. Or that the hypnotist can make you do things you don’t want to do. These things are untrue. You are always in control, always able to “came back” to full waking state at anytime if you wanted or needed to. The number one job of the subconscious mind is to protect you, and it is always on the job.

Of course, you will want to choose a hypnotherapist that has been well trained and that is trustworthy. Select one that gives you confidence. Hypnosis is a safe and beneficial procedure when facilitated by an ethical and trained professional.

Do always keep in mind that hypnosis is not a treatment or cure for mental illness, and people suffering from psychosis, suicidal depression, or that are on medications for psychological stability should only be hypnotized by their doctors or psychiatrists or by an experienced hypnotherapist with the client’s doctor or psychiatrist present.

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How is hypnotherapy different than affirmations?

Hypnotherapy has the advantage of being able to communicate with the subconscious in a two-way fashion. Affirmations don’t facilitate direct responses from the subconscious; they only seek to speak to the subconscious.

A post-hypnotic suggestion is also different than an affirmation: effects tend to be more direct, more specific, and more immediate when using post-hypnotic suggestions.

Other than that, the language of hypnosis and of affirmations is similar. Both are always expressed in the present tense, and always in the positive. If you ever meet a hypnotherapist that uses the words, “don’t smoke” as a direct suggestion, choose a different hypnotherapist!

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How do I choose a good hypnotherapist?

I would recommend talking with them over the phone, and asking any questions you have. Any questions at all. They should be able to answer any questions you have in a friendly, informative, and understandable manner.

You should select a hypnotherapist that seems warm and friendly, and is easy to for you to understand and follow. Their voice should be pleasing to you, especially since you will probably be listening to cassette tapes with their voice on them many times.

If you are worried about qualifications, ask if they are members of any professional hypnotherapy organizations, and why they chose to belong to the ones they do. Ask them about a code of ethics. Ask for references if you like! If they can’t supply you with any, don’t use them. It’s always a good bet to check your local Better Business Bureau to see if there have been complaints filed in the past on this person.

All in all, you should be comfortable with the person’s demeanor, voice, and instructional style. Typically, the first twenty minutes of your first session with a hypnotherapist will be an introduction to hypnosis and a bit of chat about the changes you would like to make. If you find the hypnotherapist rubbing you the wrong way after this twenty minute chat, you should simply say that you don’t think you are quite ready to be hypnotized yet, and you would like to try another day. Then interview other hypnotherapists until you find one you like.

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What can’t be treated with hypnotherapy?

Serious psychiatric or mental health problems are referred to a qualified psychotherapist or psychiatrist. Medical problems with the physical body must always be treated by a physician, who can, at his or her discretion, prescribe hypnotherapy for pain control, hypnoanesthesia or relaxation.

Drug addiction, family dynamics disorders, clinical depression and other such problems need to be treated by doctors and psychiatrists, who can, at their discretion, prescribe hypnotherapy as a supplementary treatment.

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What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is simply a state of relaxed focus. It is a natural state. In fact, each of us enters such a state – sometimes called a trance state – at least twice a day: once when we are falling asleep, and once when we are waking up. That kind of fuzzy, timeless state between dreaming and awake is a trance state. When a nine-minute snooze-button seems to give you enough time to have an-hour long dream, that’s a trance state.

There are many other times that people enter a natural state of trance. Driving, watching TV, listening to music, working on a favorite hobby or activity in the “flow” state. These are all “altered states of consciousness,” and all are various levels of trance. Trance is normal, natural and common.

Some people leave their first hypnotherapy session saying, “I wasn’t hypnotized – I knew what was going on the whole time!” Well of course you did! Hypnosis is not a state of amnesia or of no awareness. Just the opposite true, in fact: hypnosis is a state of very heightened awareness and focus.

Hollywood has perpetrated many myths about hypnosis, and not remembering anything from the hypnosis session is one of those myths. Only under special circumstances would a person forget everything from a session.

Much more can be accomplished when the person undergoing hypnosis remembers everything.

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Do I need to believe in Past Life regression for it to work?

No. All that would be asked is that you approach the therapy with an open mind and attitude.

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How will I feel afterwards?

You will feel very calm and relaxed after hypnosis. Some people even question if they have been in hypnosis as they “experienced” everything and had a pre-conception that they should be “unconscious” whilst under hypnosis, which of course is not the case.

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Can I be influenced to do anything against my will?

No, you are in control at all times and cannot be made to do anything against your will. Stage hypnotism has given hypnotherapy a bad name in this light, and you can only be “made to do” what you want to do. If you were asked to do something you did not want to, you would either just not do it or come straight out of hypnosis.

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How many visits will I need?

This can very so much depending on the problem and how well you respond to hypnotherapy. It can be anything from two to three sessions or  potentially five or six sessions for more deep rooted problems.

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Can I speak whilst in hypnosis?

Yes and with some treatments you will be encouraged to do so.

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Can I get “stuck” in hypnosis?

No, it is impossible to get “stuck” in hypnosis as it is a completely natural state. If something happened to the therapist while you were in hypnosis you would naturally drift out of hypnosis on your own.
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Will I remember what has happened?

Yes, most people are surprised to find that they remember everything that happens during hypnotherapy. You are not asleep or unconscious you will know everything that is going on around you.

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