Frequently Asked Questions about Hypnosis
- What is Hypnotherapy?
- What is Hypnosis?
- What does Hypnosis feel like?
- Will I give away any secrets whilst I am hypnotized?
- How do I know I will wake up from hypnosis?
- Are there any side effects from hypnosis?
- How does it feel to be hypnotized?
- I went to a hypnotherapist before and it didn’t work. Does this mean I cannot be hypnotized?
- Can I be hypnotized against my will?
- Can I be treated for different problems at the same time?
- How do you put people into hypnosis?
- How much will I remember?
- What if I’m under a doctor’s care or taking medication?
- How many sessions will I need?
Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy combining trance induction of hypnosis with individualized techniques used by each Hypnotherapist, uniquely. Therefore, hypnotherapy cannot be confined within a detailed description. Every Hypnotherapist has specialized tools, techniques and background.
Hypnotherapy has long been recognised to be a very powerful method for personal development. In fact, it is known to have been in use for the last 6,000 years. Today, all around the world, people use the power of hypnosis to help deal with a vast range of problems.
Hypnotherapy is an effective and holistic approach to change lifelong habits, take back control of your life and empower your future. Hypnotherapy activates the “mind over matter” path to success and is an easy, enjoyable way of reprogramming your mind – for your success.
The American Medical Association has officially recognised hypnotherapy since 1958 & the NHS also has acknowledged this alternative practice.
Everyone experiences hypnosis regularly. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring altered state in which the analysing, evaluating, judging part of your mind (conscious) is bypassed. It occurs just before you fall asleep and just as you awaken. Other examples – losing track of time when reading a good book or when watching something interesting on television.
In essence, hypnosis is simply a state of heightened relaxation and altered awareness. When you are relaxed in this way, it is possible to make contact with your powerful unconscious mind. This is the part of the mind that contains infinite wisdom and a very deep level of intelligence. It is your untapped resource for creativity and imagination.
The unconscious mind is the seat of all your emotions and therefore directs nearly all your behaviour. Most importantly, the unconscious is responsible for maintaining the body in good health and for all the autonomic processes, e.g., breathing, blood circulation, tissue repair and controlling blood-sugar level.
Actually you have probably been hypnotized many times throughout your life.
Have you ever driven to work and realized you have almost no recall of the journey? Or, you were heading somewhere only to find out that you ended in the wrong place. Sat on a bus and day dreamed your way through the traffic?
To most people hypnosis is a similar state of mind. Despite what you may have seen on TV or at stage shows, people under hypnosis know exactly what they are doing.
No, you won’t say or do anything at all that you don’t want to. If you were given suggestions that you didn’t morally agree with, you would come out of hypnosis or disregard the suggestions.
No one has ever remained in hypnosis indefinitely. Even if something were to happen to the hypnotherapist halfway through the session, you would still ‘wake up’ once rapport had been broken.
The only side effects are the beneficial ones – the feeling of being more relaxed afterwards and feeling more positive about whatever it was you sought hypnotherapy for in the first place. Hypnosis is a perfectly natural state.
Every one is unique and different. Some people say that their body feel like a ton, others say they feel as though they’re floating away. Most people will agree that it’s a lovely feeling because they are more relaxed than they have ever been before.
The most common reason for failure to induce trance is lack of rapport. To overcome this, make an initial consultation with the therapist and choose one that you instinctively trust.
Anyone can resist hypnosis during a session and it won’t work. The question is why would someone seek hypnotherapy if they didn’t want it to help them. Hypnosis requires cooperation between two people – your therapist will show you the way and you can choose if you want to go there or not.
If you are not prepared to accept that hypnosis could benefit you, then your best option would be to seek alternative treatment. However, in my own experience, sceptics are very often the best clients.
There is documented evidence however that some unscrupulous people can covertly hypnotize others into doing something they wouldn’t normal dream of. They are not using hypnosis to help someone – they are only interested in helping themselves. Because they are using covert hypnosis they are extremely unlikely to advertise their services as a qualified hypnotherapist.
You can – if the issues are related. However, because hypnosis requires a complete focus of attention it is far better to concentrate on one problem at a time.
People wishing to stop smoking ,for example, may be afraid of doing so in case they gain weight can be helped with the correct approach. This is because many of us experience ‘symptom substitution’ – we might substitute one addiction for another.
Your therapist should have the skills to recognize if this is the case and deal with the issue at its core.
Using words, a soothing tone of voice, soft background music, mental imagery and various exercises and techniques (such as deep breathing) to induce a pleasant, lethargic state to begin with.
You’ll remember everything – everything I say and everything you experience, or everything you need to remember.
However, because most clients receive a great deal of information it may take days, weeks or months to really process.
I often encourage you to write your experience down as soon as possible. As with any experience, it’s not unusual to lose the subtler details with the passage of time, and some of the patterns you uncover may not “click” into place until much later.
If you have any questions about whether or not hypnosis will help or conflict with a present medical condition, check with your GP.
The interesting reaction of hypnosis on medication is that, over long period of time, it tends to “potentiate” medication, which means if you’re currently taking medication, after a series of hypnosis sessions you may find that you need less amounts of it, or a lesser strength of the drug. Hypnosis can often complement traditional medical care and better or more informed doctors favour it. It can act as an adjunct to medical treatment.
That depends on you and what you wish to change. Hypnotherapy helps people fast, so that even deep behavioural problems can be resolved in a few sessions – compared to a few years for some other types of therapy.
If you can commit to success and if you are looking for massive change, rather than just dreaming about it, then you have come to the right place for you… for your future.