Frequently Asked Questions
- What is hypnosis?
- Can I be hypnotized?
- What does it feel like?
- Can hypnosis replace a medical doctor or psychologist?
- How many sessions will I need?
- Does hypnosis work?
- How does hypnosis compare to other forms of therapy?
Hypnosis is simply a relaxed state of focused attention. By temporarily bypassing your conscious mind, it gives you the power to make behavioral changes at a deeper level than when you attempt to make changes at the conscious level. Brain imaging studies show that hypnosis often works by uncoupling your “top down” thinking from your intuitive and bodily understanding. The mind and body are one and when they are coordinated, profound change can happen. You can discover new internal resources that move you to health and well being.
Yes. Hypnosis is a state of mind that we all experience at least twice every day: just before we fall asleep at night; and just before fully awakening. We are also hypnotized when fully engrossed in book, or driving a well known route in our cars. People with normal mental functioning and a willingness to participate can be hypnotized.
The level of the hypnotic state varies from person to person, and from “light” to “deep.” It takes only a light state of hypnosis for suggestions to be received and to make the changes you desire. With an open mind and a willingness to change, hypnosis is very effective.
No. A hypnotist does not diagnose, treat, heal, cure, nor prescribe treatment for illness, nor for any emotional condition. However, hypnosis can be very beneficial as a complement to medical, dental or psychotherapeutic treatment with an authorization and referral from an appropriate professional (nurse practitioner, dentist, psychologist, counselor, doctor, etc.).
This varies from person to person. The goal is to achieve lasting effects in health and well-being.
Hypnosis works when you work it. Your hypnotist is only responsible for the quality of the opportunity, and the rest is up to you. When you’re motivated and ready hypnosis works remarkably well.
Hypnosis with multiple, individualized and tailored sessions, is probably one of the most effective ways to bring about desired changes in the least amount of time. In a longitudinal study that appeared in the journal Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice (7:1, 1970), Hypnosis was found to be significantly more efficient and long lasting compared to many other forms of therapy.