WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
Hypnosis is a relaxed stated which is likened to a trance state where your subconscious mind is readily willing to accept desired suggestions to change or alter an undesired behavior. While in a hypnotic state you are not sleeping. Hypnotherapy is the name we give to using hypnosis to treat psychological and medical conditions, and there is relevant research about using hypnosis to treat illness.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HYPNOSIS AND HYPNOTHERAPY?
Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are closely related; like being in the same family, but are different from each other in this way: hypnotherapy is a technique for treating mental and psychosomatic issues and it uses hypnosis to get into the subconscious mind to better figure out the base of the client’s issues.
CAN ANYONE BE HYPNOTIZED?
Simply put in a word…YES, anyone can be hypnotized to some extent, but some people are more susceptible to being hypnotized than others and there are ways of testing the susceptibility of an individual. During the day most of us hypnotize ourselves without even knowing it; anytime our mind wanders, we daydream or are focused on something, such as reading, driving a familiar route, watching a film we are in a state of hypnosis. An example: you drive the same route daily and may not remember how you got there, you may have hypnotized yourself during that ride.
CAN HYPNOSIS MAKE ME DO THINGS I DON’T WANT TO DO?
This is a very common question because no one wants to be vulnerable in front of another person or people, but no matter how many ways this question is asked the answer will always be NO. You will not be able to do anything you do not want to do while under hypnosis, you are in total control of the session. There is also no chance that you can get “stuck” in hypnosis.
WHAT DOES HYPNOSIS FEEL LIKE?
This is always an interesting question with a boring answer, because hypnosis is different for everyone. The element of relaxation produces a different affect on each person. With the suggestion of relaxation some feel like their body feels heavy while others feel light as a feather. Some people have described feeling very focused which allows them to have vivid images while others feel as if they saw nothing.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HYPNOTHERAPY?
Hypnosis can be used to help treat a wide range of issues such as: fears and phobias, anxiety and stress, panic attacks, PTSD, obesity, insomnia and even a lack of confidence and has repeatedly and consistently helped sufferers heal faster. It is also beneficial is managing pain plus it can help us improve performance at work and/or sports
WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO HAPPEN IN A HYPNOSIS SESSION?
Your therapist will start by taking a detailed history of any conditions you may have (they may need to contact your doctor about this), then together you will discuss your goals for the session and I will acknowledge with my understanding. Next, the therapist will use techniques to make you feel comfortable and relaxed to bring you to your desired outcome. Once the session is over (30-60 minutes) you may feel uplifted, lighter and relaxed. You may or may not notice a change right away as this may be subtle because we are working with the subconscious mind, but you may immediately notice a positive change in the way you are feeling.
WHY DOES HYPNOTHERAPY WORK SO WELL?
Our entire life history is stored in our subconscious mind so if we need to change a behavior that is no longer serving us, we go right to the source; the subconscious mind. Hypnotherapy allows us to access these memories that are impacting the problems. This brings greater awareness around the issues which gives us the ability to recognize the cause of the undesired behavior and the capability to change it.
WILL I REMEMBER ANYTHING AFTER THE SESSION IS OVER?
Usually, you will remember what you are ready to remember, but many people remember everything. In some instances, the therapist has delayed the recall of memories if it is not beneficial or safe for the client to remember them. This is generally due to early memories of abuse or some other trauma.