Hypnotherapy: Frequently Asked Questions
Often, people have asked questions before committing to booking a hypnosis session. We've answered some of the more common questions here.
Will Hypnosis Work For Me?
The answer is "Yes". Everyone is hypnotisable, and most people go into a trance multiple times a day. The only difference with hypnosis is that we are leading you into that state purposefully, and utilizing it to help you achieve your goals. Most of the time, when someone believes they cannot be hypnotized, that belief comes from a lack of knowledge of what hypnosis is, or a fear of loss of control. Please read the next paragraph to address that concern. Some people go into a trance more easily than others, and some can do it more quickly than others. Some people have a 'gift' for hypnosis, and some need a little time to learn the skill.
Will I lose control in Hypnosis?
No. In fact, hypnosis is a state of heightened awareness and self-control. The hypnotist does not take over control of the subject's mind - it is more of a collaberation. Think of the hypnotist as a guide, the hired help. If you were going hiking in unfamiliar territory, you might hire someone who could help you get where you want to go in the quickest way, or perhaps along the most scenic route. Assuming you trusted that guide, you'd go the way they suggest, in order to get what you want.
What If I Get Stuck In A Trance?
Everyone goes in and out of trance every day. It is a naturally occurring state, and it naturally goes away if it is not ended purposefully. Should your hypnotherapist leave in the middle of a session you would simply wake up or simply drift into a natural sleep and wake up when you feel like it.
Can You Make Me Do Something Against My Will?
Absolutely not. Study after study has shown that people in a trance state will not act against their moral code. You will be aware while in a trance state, and our job as hypnotists is to ensure that every suggestion is congruent with what you want for yourself. That means you can accept those suggestions easily and comfortably.
What Will Happen During A Session?
During the first session, your hypnotherapist will go over what will happen and make sure you are comfortable with the process. We let you know that you will be aware in a trance state (in a way, much more aware than in a 'normal' state). We explain that Hypnosis can't make you do something against your will, rather it gets you in touch with your inner resources (or helps create new inner resources).
There is a small amount of paperwork to do, and should you have a medical condition we explain to you that Hypnosis is no substitute for medical care and that Hypnosis should be used in conjunction with your medical care - not in place of it.
We'll use a variety of hypnotic tools - some of them seem like the hypnosis you might be expecting, other tools might seem different than you expected. During Hypnosis we are communicating with your unconscious mind, and that can happen in many different ways. We may present your unconscious with a metaphor or make direct suggestions, or we might lead you through different exercises that allow you to communicate with your unconscious mind very effectively. Your mind is much more receptive in this state. Most of our clients describe it as an enjoyable experience, and leave their sessions feeling much better than when they arrived. Many people find it inspiring, emotionally fulfilling, and transforming.
Does Hypnosis Really Work?
Yes, Hypnosis really works. Hypnosis may not solve every problem completely, and it is not a 'magic bullet', but it will be of value in every situation. Hypnosis has been recognised by both the American and British Medical authorities for over 50 years. If you'd like more information about how hypnosis may help you in your particular situation, please contact us.
There are many scientifically designed studies that show the effectiveness of Hypnosis. A few of the items covered are; Hypnosis for control of pain, speedy recovery from surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), skin diseases, warts, reducing blood loss during surgery, immune system responses, hypnosis to to smoking, and many more. Hypnosis helps us gain control of responses that are normally controlled by unconscious mechanisms. These responses can help increase motivation or decrease the power of addiction. The powers of the conscious mind combined with the powers of the unconscious mind gives you a much greater capacity to accomplish your goals.
How Long are Sessions, and How Much Does A Session Cost?
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How many sessions will I need?
The techniques and methods we incorporate are very targeted, and therefore this is NOT long term therapy. Most people only need on average 3 sessions for a specific issue, sometimes less. We recommend you plan on at least 2 sessions, particularly if you have not done hypnotherapy in the past. Some people like the process so much they choose to continue and work on other things, or simply use regular hypnosis sessions as an ongoing health and wellness program.
Does Hypnosis Work For My Particular Problem?
Although it would be impossible for anyone to make a comprehensive list of what hypnosis is good for, we've made a list of some of the most common problems that have successfully been addressed with hypnotherapy. Some of them have links to other pages on the site with explanations and more information. If you don't find your situation addressed here feel free to call or email to talk it over with us.
Is hypnosis guaranteed?
A Hypnotherapist can't make you do something you don't really want to do. So if you don't really want to quit smoking, you won't quit, if you are not strongly motivated to lose weight, you will not. However, hypnosis can improve your odds of success considerably if and when you are ready succeed. Hypnosis can also make any transition easier and faster.
Hypnosis and medicine
A current review of The National Library of Medicine, also know as PubMed, uncovered over 10,000 articles concerning medical hypnosis. The documented effective uses of hypnosis in medicine are wide-ranging, and include, hypnosis for: Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Hypertension, non-pharmacological anesthesia, Tinnitus, Pain Relief, Anxiety and Panic disorders, Asthma, Insomnia, Enuresis, Cancer, AIDS, Hepatitis C, and Diabetes.
Over a six-year period, 173 patients suffering from asthma were treated using self-hypnosis. 82% were either much improved or experienced total symptom remission. (British Journal of Medicine, 23:447-55.)
In a study of 189 people with psychological issues relating to sex, it was proven that self-hypnosis combined with cognitive therapy was more effective than cognitive therapy alone. Hypnotized patients required fewer sessions, had less frequent relapse and expressed greater satisfaction with the outcome. (Australian Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy & Hypnosis, 1998: Sep., vol. 19(2):41-48.)
Fibromyalgia patients assigned to a 12-week program of hypnotherapy showed significantly better outcomes with respect to pain management, waking fatigue, sleep pattern and overall health assessment than patients receiving physical therapy. ( Journal of Rheumatology, 18 (1), 72-75.)
So how exactly does hypnosis help with medical conditions?
An abstract of one study listed on ClinicalTrials.gov offers some important clues. Elvira V. Lang, M.D., and Noami M. Halsey are currently conducting research into the usefulness of hypnosis for lowering distress in patients receiving invasive medical procedures. In particular, their study hypothesizes: patients who learn self-hypnosis while undergoing fibroid, renal or hepatic tumor removal will experience less psychological or physical distress and will learn coping skills that will benefit them in the event of future tumor removals. In other words, just learning to relax helps a client be less traumatized during medical procedures.