Frequently Asked Questions about Hypnosis

Does hypnosis work?
A Comparison Study-American Health Magazine reported the following findings from a recent study:

  • Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions
  • Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions
  • Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions

Can I be hypnotized?
Yes, you can be hypnotized. Hypnosis is a very natural state of relaxation that we pass through several times a day. Anyone with an open mind who is able to concentrate can be hypnotized.  The only people who do not go into hypnosis are those who, for any number of reasons do not want to. You cannot be hypnotized against your will. I have great success hypnotizing my clients because everyone I work with wants to be hypnotized. A willing client with a commitment to change and a qualified hypnotherapist is a great recipe for success.

What does it feel like to be hypnotized?
Remember a time when you were immersed in a good movie, or a book, and it’s as if the world around you faded away? In your mind you knew that you could think about other things, but for that select time period you were so focused that you just didn’t care. Being hypnotized feels just like that. Some people mistakenly give up hypnosis after a few sessions because they went in with false expectations, believing they would experience something different, new, and spectacular in the hypnotic state. They equate hypnosis with being anesthetized or being asleep or unconscious.   Hypnosis is a very pleasant feeling of complete physical and mental relaxation. It is similar to that moment between knowing you are awake and going into the sleep state. While in hypnosis, you may find your mind active, your attention wandering or your thoughts racing. This is very normal and hypnosis can still work for you. Because hypnosis is cumulative, every hypnosis session allows you to go into a deeper level of trance and get even better results.

Can you make me do a thing, which I do not want to do?
Put simply 'No'. It is possible that you have seen 'stage' hypnotists getting people to do silly things under the influence of hypnosis, but the reality of the situation is that the people on stage want to be there. In hypnosis you accept the suggestions you want and reject the ones you don't.

Will I remember it?
Some clients remember everything and some only remember bits and pieces. There may be some sessions where you feel you remember almost every word and then the next session you remember pieces here and there. Again it depends on the client.

Will this be done in one session?
Some treatments only take a single session; most take longer. I will be able to give you an estimate on the phone or by e-mail how many sessions are typically needed for your project or goal.

I am in pain. Can I be hypnotized?
Yes. Pain may interfere with your ability to relax, but there are techniques for getting around it and inducing the therapeutic hypnotic state.

Will I go back into my past?
Not necessarily. Regression is a technique employed by most hypnotists but most treatments do not require regression.

Is hypnosis medically approved?
Yes, since 1958 in the United States and Great Britain. The American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the British Medical Association have all adopted hypnosis as a viable therapeutic tool.

In what areas is hypnosis helpful?
Really any areas in your life where you want to make a positive change, reach a goal, de-stress; hypnosis can help.

Do people in hypnosis go to sleep or become unconscious?
No. You are physically relaxed but in a heightened state of focused awareness. In other words every muscle will be relaxed; you will feel very comfortable as you do before falling asleep.

Can a person be hypnotized against their will?
No one is hypnotized against his or her will. Entering hypnosis is a consent state. The hypnotherapist assists and guides the subject, who then enters the hypnotic state. No one can make you do ANYTHING you do not want to do. You are not under the Hypnotherapist's control; you are under your own control. All the time you are in a trance, it is as if you have a little watchdog sitting keeping guard over what is happening. If anything were suggested that “goes against the grain” then you would not want to do it. You can come out of a hypnotic state any time you like.

What can I expect during a hypnosis session?
You will be asked to make yourself as comfortable as you possibly can. Then I will guide you with relaxation techniques so you are as relaxed as you can be. It will NOT feel like sleep; you will be able to hear me, as well as be aware of your surroundings.

Only weak-willed or gullible people can be hypnotized, right?
Anyone who can understand the words that are coming out of my mouth, and is capable of following simple directions can be hypnotized. In fact, intelligent and imaginative people tend to be easier to hypnotize.

Are the results of hypnosis permanent?
Suggestions stay with some individuals indefinitely, others need reinforcement. The effects of hypnosis are cumulative, the more the techniques are practiced and post-hypnotic suggestions are brought into play, the more permanent the results become.

What if I don’t get my desired result?
Sometimes a method that works for most people will not work for some. One possible reason could be something called "secondary gains." An example would be: A man wants to quit smoking but unknown to the hypnotherapist, he takes his smoke breaks with a beautiful woman in his workplace. He is in conflict because one part of him sincerely wants to quit, while another part wants to take smoke breaks with his beautiful co-worker.

In most cases this can be overcome. But some will resist the suggestions to make healthy choices. A possible factor is that the issue goes much deeper than the superficial, and requires regression or some other hypnosis technique to get to the root cause of the issue.

The sub conscious mind

Scientists tell us we use less than 10% of our potential.

The 90% of our untapped potential is stored in the subconscious mind, so all we need to do is learn how to use it. Hypnosis is the key, which unlocks the door to that 90% of our vast potential, which, in some people, remains untapped, all of their lives.

Hypnosis can help with many challanges, including:
  • Addictions
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Insomnia / Sleep Disorders
  • Anxiety & Stress Relief
  • Health Issues / Coping with Illness
  • Pain Relief / Control
  • Childbirth & Fertility
  • Habits & Disorders
  • Fears & Phobias
  • Anger Management
  • Emotional Issues / Guilt
  • Improving Relationships
  • Confidence & Self-Esteem
  • Assertiveness
  • Memory & Learning
  • Increasing Creativity
  • Exams / Study Skills
  • Increased Motivation
  • Focus & Concentration
  • Business Skills & Finance
  • Public Speaking
  • Personal Performance & Development
  • Positive Thinking
  • And Much More!