Hypnosis is a process of relaxing your conscious, analytical mind so that you can more directly access your subconscious where change is most effectively achieved. The hypnotherapist aids you, through relaxation or trance and suggestions, based on what you want to change.
Trance refers to a normal state of human consciousness that most people enter into at different times during the course of a day.
Such activities as watching a movie, reading a book, meditating or daydreaming can all be termed a state of trance. When we are in the trance state we are more suggestible. It becomes hypnosis when a suggestion is given during this state.
During hypnosis, the conscious mind is more relaxed, allowing you to get in touch with your subconscious mind, where most deeply held thoughts, feelings, and beliefs about yourself are held. How we behave in the world, our relationships, our decisions, how we view ourselves are all related to these beliefs, many of which we have carried with us since childhood. With hypnosis we are able to bypass the conscious mind and communicate with the subconscious to make the changes we want to see in our lives.
Some of the issues clients want to address with hypnotherapy are:
Hypnosis is a powerful and effective tool that works at the level of your subconscious to resolve your issues comparatively rather quickly. However, it is not a magic wand and most clients require more than one hypnosis session to experience the change they are seeking. You can expect to have at least two to six sessions, depending on your particular area of concern. Some issues such as fears, anxiety, certain habits or weight loss, may require more sessions.
Sessions are generally 1 hour long but the first session is 75 minutes. The charge for a session is $ 65. Payment is by cash, check or credit card, and due at the time of service.
If you want to stop smoking, the first session is two hours and the fee is $130. There may be a follow-up session which would be at the hourly rate of $65.
Insurance companies do not usually reimburse for hypnotherapy but you can check with your provider to be sure. I can provide you with a receipt that you can submit to your insurance company if you think they might reimburse you.
Will I be asleep during hypnosis? No, you will be in a state of deep relaxation but will remain awake and in a state of focused awareness during the session.
Will the hypnotherapist have control over me and make me do things against my will? No, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Suggestions and guidance will be made by the hypnotherapist but the client will only accept them if they are willing. Clients remain in control and can stop the process at any time.
Will hypnosis make me reveal secrets? Hypnosis does not force a client to share any information they don’t wish to share.
Will I get “stuck” in hypnosis? No, a client can start or stop the process at any time. Even if the client is so relaxed that they fall asleep, you would wake up just as naturally as any other time you had fallen asleep without the hypnosis.
Do people always tell the truth when hypnotized? Hypnosis is not a truth serum; people are capable of lying during hypnosis, both consciously and unconsciously.
Can only certain people be hypnotized?
Some people are able to enter trance more quickly but this does not mean that the others are incapable of being hypnotized. Some exceptions are those who take antipsychotic medications. Factors that may interfere with a client being able to enter trance are:
• lack of trust between the client and hypnotist
• fear of losing control or fear of change
• negative expectation
• inability to focus
Do hypnotists work miracles? No, although some sessions may appear to be miraculous, this is due to the willingness of the client.
Does a person need to be relaxed in order to experience hypnosis? Although clients often report being physically relaxed during hypnosis, it is certainly not a requirement in order to experience it. Since hypnosis is “focused awareness” a person can be focused on something that produces anxiety, tension or other states during hypnosis.