Before using any form of treatment, we as individuals have to educate ourselves about that particular modality and hypnotherapy is no exception. For years it has been shrouded in mystery and portrayed as being in some way magical so it’s only natural that many questions will run through your mind regarding this approach.
Through my years of practice I have been asked many questions such as; “Why should I use hypnotherapy? Can it help me?” and, “How does it work?” Let me answer these concerns.
Common Hypnotherapy Concerns
Hypnotherapy is often able to get to the root cause of a problem and heal it more quickly than talk therapies because it taps into the unconscious mind which retains all memory and accepts healing suggestions. It also helps you have more control over your symptoms.
Hypnotherapy is able to address most problems including but not limited to habit disorders i.e. nail biting, smoking, hair pulling, bed wetting, depression, anxiety, fears and phobias, pain reduction, weight issues, teeth grinding, stress, self esteem and insomnia.
Hypnosis is a natural process, we drift in and out of hypnosis daily, for example when you are reading a good book and chuckle at what the characters are doing, this is hypnosis. When you become so absorbed in a movie and you are oblivious of your surroundings, this is hypnosis. It is a state of focused concentration and when we induce this state in therapy it becomes a conditioned response and the more you do it the better you get at it. Assuming you want to be hypnotized and you trust your therapist then you should be able to become skilled in the art and develop a new tool that can help you in many areas of your life.
Hypnotherapy works for the majority of people but like all other therapies it will not suit everybody.
Generally speaking anywhere from 2-6 sessions are sufficient. In the first session you will experience a light trance, which is pleasant and relaxing, and I will discover your hypnotic assets e.g. are you visual, kinesthetic, or auditory so I can tailor the work specifically for you. Session two is purely suggestive and the format of further sessions will be dependent on the issue at hand.
Sessions are reasonable and if clients pay as they go the cost is $112 an hour, regardless of the type of problem. If a package of three, five or six, is purchased in advance, at the initial session, or online through credit card payment, the client will receive a deduction. Clients are asked to pay at the time of the session, with cash or cheque, and will be given my RCC number which they may submit to their insurance provider to see if they are covered. See Sessions Fees for more information
During the first and some subsequent sessions you will be asked to rest comfortably in the chair or sofa and simply listen to the sound of my voice. Depending on the issue at hand you may (excluding sessions one and two) be asked to speak to me while in trance and answer my questions. It will seem as if you are having two experiences, you will be aware of your external surroundings yet you will also be intently focused on your own inner experience.
It is a misconception that you are under the hypnotist’s control. I cannot hypnotize anybody that does not want to be hypnotized, you have to want to work with me, as I am merely a facilitator and all hypnosis is self hypnosis.
You will not do anything in hypnosis which is against your own moral code of ethics, i.e. you cannot be made to do something that is against your will. To cite an example, a person who wants to give up smoking may do so with the help of hypnosis but a person who has been told by his/her partner to quit cigarettes and really does not want to, cannot be hypnotized to stop.
The difference between stage hypnosis and hypnotherapy is that performers screen volunteers to select those with possible exhibitionist tendencies who are good subjects and willing to cooperate. Their intention is to use hypnosis to entertain ours is to use hypnosis for therapeutic purposes.
No you cannot get stuck in hypnosis, the worst thing that can happen is that you might fall asleep.
You are neither asleep nor unconscious during trance. Although we use the word sleep in hypnosis it does not refer to actual sleep but simply to relaxation of the physical body and the creation of alpha brainwaves which prevent distraction and increase focus.
Hypnosis is not a truth serum and you may still be selective in what you reveal to your therapist. Memory is imperfect and so material recovered under therapeutic hypnosis is not admissible as evidence in court. (Forensic hypnotherapy is quite different and is a highly specialized branch of hypnosis.)
Generally speaking the vast majority of clients do remember everything that occurs in trance and when induced amnesia is required that will be discussed with the client prior to the session.
Hypnosis works by permitting the critical factor of the conscious mind to temporarily move over, as it were, in order to access the subconscious mind. The latter retains all memory, is the seat of emotions, and is willing to accept healing suggestions. See a further explanation of hypnosis here.
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