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Common questions regarding hypnosis:

Question:

Am I under the control of the hypnotherapist during the session?

Answer:

You are in a state of increased awareness and focus.  You can move out of that state at any time you wish.  My clients are encouraged to drink water, change positions to become more comfortable and just let me know if they need to get up for any reason.  Your comfort and safety is first and foremost.

 

Question:

Can anyone can be hypnotized?  

Answer:

Anyone can be hypnotized, if they desire to be hypnotized.  In cases where clients have severe anxiety, I work on progressive relaxation and guided imagery prior to hypnosis.  Sometimes people need to learn relaxation techniques first.  My first priority is to help my clients feel comfortable and safe and I build that into my sessions.  It is only then that people can make progress.

 

Question:

Can I go unconscious during hypnosis?

Answer:

That cannot happen.  You are in the theta state, which is the state that you are in just before you wake up or go to sleep.  Sometimes people become so relaxed, especially if they haven’t relaxed in quite some time, that they may fall asleep.  It’s quite common, as I work with many people who experience high anxiety and sleeplessness.  Once they actually can experience relaxation, they may fall asleep.  If this occurs, I am able to bring the person right back into the state of hypnosis so they can continue working on their goals.

 

Question:

Do weak-willed or weak-minded people choose hypnosis?

Answer:

Most people who seek hypnotherapy are actually strong-willed and able to understand that hypnosis is very focused, rigorous work.  They are people who are willing to go right to the subconscious level and get to the root of the problem.

 

Question:

Can you fail to exit hypnosis?

Answer:

With hypnosis, you are in a very focused state.  Some clients may fall asleep, however, that is as far as the relaxation goes.  Most people become more relaxed than they’ve been in years, so they want to stay in my office, but when I bring them up, they are ready to go on with the day.

 

Question:

Will I reveal information that I do not wish to reveal?

Answer:

You will not reveal anything to me that you do not want me to know.  With hypnosis, you may not even talk to me except prior to and after a session.  During the session, I might ask you to complete a mental task and ask you to let me know with a head nod or by lifting a finger to let me know you were able to complete it.  I don’t need to know a lot of personal information unrelated to your goal.  My job is to create a safe place for you to clear out those things that are obstacles to your health and progress going forward.

What is Hypnosis?

From conception until about age 7, you were taking in all the information about the world around you and learning about your relationship to the world. Information flowed freely between the conscious and subconscious mind. At about age seven, you developed what’s called the Critical Faculty. This is the time when you started questioning the idea of the tooth fairy or Santa Claus.

The Critical Faculty becomes a gatekeeper between the conscious and subconscious mind.  It stops the flow of any information that doesn’t match what is already in the subconscious mind.  This explains why a person may think they are not intelligent, even if there is substantial information to the contrary, e.g., the person is promoted at work or excels in the classroom.  If the subconscious mind had formed the belief, “I’m stupid”, then a person continues to subscribe to that belief, thinking, “If they only knew the real me, they would know I’m stupid”.Hypnosis reduces brain waves from 14-32 cycles per second to as low as 4 cycles per second, which is the normal rate at which learning takes place.  When brain waves slow down, the Critical Faculty opens up the gateway and new information can come in. New beliefs about ones-self can be formed. You may not have known it, but you are in a hypnotic state right before you go to sleep and right before you awaken.  It’s not magic and there’s no mystery!