Frequently Asked Questions About Hypnosis

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a technical term for a natural state of mind.  Hypnosis is a natural state of relaxation and focused concentration.  Brain scans show that the brain enters into a specific state under hypnosis, similar to the time just before you fall asleep when one enters the alpha state. 

This is a very pleasant state of mind, people simply feel very relaxed.  It is a normal state of mind, therefore many people do not even feel they are in hypnosis, but simply very relaxed.  During hypnosis, the mind is very open to imagery and the subconscious emerges more freely and is more receptive to suggestions to create change. 

There is an enhancement of emotional learning and increased insight.  The hypnotic state is frequently experienced during times of daydreaming, prayer or meditation, or “highway hypnosis” when we’ve been staring at the road for prolonged periods of time.

Can I be Hypnotized?

In the late 1950's Stanford University learned through subsequent studies that any person with normal intelligence can be hypnotized.  Some are more easily hypnotized than others.  The person must want to be hypnotized. Hypnosis is a natural, though altered, state of mind. You enter some form of use you haven’t been paying attention. Everyone goes through natural, altered states of hypnosis several times a day, like when you are driving and pass your turn-off, before they fall asleep, and as they come into wakefulness. Therefore, most people can enter hypnotic relaxation easily, provided they want to.

Do I have to believe in hypnosis in order for this to work?

Belief in hypnosis is not required for hypnosis to be effective. Hypnosis is a science. It’s like saying you have to believe in gravity for it to work, or electricity for you to turn lights on and off. The only things that are required are the desire for change, the ability to hear my voice and a willingness to follow directions.

What does hypnosis feel like?

Hypnosis feels different to everyone. Some people report a floating or tingling sensation, others feel weighted down like a heavy and comfortable blanket has been placed over them. Others don't experience very many physical sensations yet have a sense of extreme mental clarity. The one thing that everyone has in common is a feeling of calm, peacefulness, and relaxation that begins during the hypnosis session and stays with you for hours or days afterwards.

How will I know I am hypnotized?

There is no such a thing as a hypnotized feeling and most clients on completion would say they “felt deeply relaxed and aware”. Others may feel lightness or a tingling feeling, others feel heaviness while others report they did not feel anything.  However, during hypnosis, unconscious awareness expands, and clears space for the issue in focus.  The positive change in your behavior after the sessions is the most important aspect of your hypnotherapy session.

“Hypnosis, also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, is a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus and concentration. ”

Can a person in hypnosis be controlled?

No. It only appears that way in stage hypnosis. Professional hypnosis is quite different. A hypnotherapist is there to help with your issues and needs your participation with the process yet you are always in control. If the hypnotherapist were to give you suggestions that you didn’t agree with or were morally against your beliefs, you would either reject them.

Can a hypnotist make me do something I don’t want to do?

All hypnosis is actually "self-hypnosis." You are allowing the hypnotist to guide you into your deeper and broader memory and other resources. Since it is a 100% consent state, no one can hypnotize you against your will. You are free to reject and receive any suggestion at any time.

Can I get "stuck" in the hypnotic state?

You can’t get stuck. Since hypnotic levels are altered states between being fully awake and being completely asleep, you would merely fall asleep and wake up when you are ready.

Will I reveal any secrets when hypnotized?

No. Hypnosis is not a lie detector or a truth serum that makes people incapable of lying or keeping secrets. You will not reveal any intimate secrets you would not tell while awake. Since you are in charge, and letting yourself be hypnotized, your own mind determines how much or how little you wish to contribute to a hypnosis session. You can just as freely answer and not answer questions in a hypnotic state as you do in a wide-awake one.

What can hypnosis help me with?

If it has to do with the mind then hypnosis can be used. Some common uses of hypnosis are to stop smoking, live a healthier lifestyle, increase sports performance, reduce stress and anxiety, eliminate phobias, control pain, stop teeth grinding, and change bad habits as well as creating new beneficial ones. Just because you don't see it listed here, doesn't mean that hypnosis can't help. I always tell people to call or e-mail me and ask if you have any more questions. If I can't help you, I know many different doctors, therapists, psychiatrists, acupuncturists, and other facilities that may be able to. At the very least I should be able to point you in the right direction!

How many sessions will it take to see the change I desire?

That really depends on the person and their personal situation. Some people can experience all the change they want in one or two sessions. Other people might require seven or eight sessions. I take a client centered approach to hypnotherapy so everything I do is customized to each individual. I help you learn at the pace you are most comfortable with so you can see and experience the results you want.