FAQs

Can I Be Controlled While In a Hypnotic State?

No. You are always in control while you experience hypnosis. The power of hypnosis is in the power of your own mind and it’s healing abilities. In the hypnotic state you become more in touch with all of your senses and they become more heightened than usual. When you are in a trance you are fully aware. You  have the ability to choose to accept or reject suggestions offered to you.  This is why it’s important that you use hypnosis for the things that you personally want to change or shift, and not to accommodate someone else’s agenda for you.

It’s also important to realize that in a hypnotic state you can’t be made to do something you don’t want to do, or do something that is against your personal moral fabric.  As we use this therapeutic tool we emphasize a safe and heart-centered approach. Our work together unfolds with your permission and it’s always a collaborative effort.


Does a Person Become Unconscious or Lose Control During Hypnosis?

You are never unconscious. Hypnosis is a state of altered consciousness, not altered unconsciousness. You are not losing control but gaining control over a part of your mind that has been largely out of your conscious control. A common myth is that hypnosis will force you to reveal secrets that you aren’t ready to reveal. This is not true. You will never reveal anything that will be counter to your best interest. You will also be fully aware during the whole process. You will hear everything and will be aware of what is going on around you. You’ll also remember most if not all that you experience while in trance. And similar to a conference or meeting that you attend, you might only remember those things that you feel are most meaningful for you. You’re always in control and can say ‘stop’ or ‘slow down’ or ask for what you need. You can redirect the session at any time.


How Does Hypnosis Help People?

Humans have a beautiful ability to change emotional attitudes, reactions and thoughts. You probably have already experienced this for yourself. A change might have been dramatic as a result of an unpleasant or scary experience, or it may have been as subtle as a minor shift in thinking. For example, you may have always loved flying, but then one day you were stuck in a small plane while experiencing terrible turbulence. As a result, you have a powerful phobia of flying, and negative thoughts and experiences correlated with airplanes. Living with a debilitating phobia can be terrible. Hypnotherapy can help. The way it helps is by giving you an opportunity to heal the phobia, fear, trauma or emotion, right at the source. You are guided to bring in resources that you had all along but could not access in the moment, and heal the experience so it doesn’t overpower your sense of well being going forward.

Hypnosis changes emotions and attitudes and can re-set your automatic responses once and for all. You’ll no longer be compelled to hold onto damaging, self-limiting thoughts, beliefs or attitudes. You will also be able change habits and behaviors that have been entrenched. When you create healthy and generous habits toward yourself, you allow changes to happen methodically, consistently and continuously without conscious effort. This puts a loving, kind and healthy lifestyle on automatic pilot so you can get busy with the experience of being alive, doing what you love, and working toward your goals.


How Does the Subconscious Accept Hypnotic Suggestions?

Hypnotic suggestions bypass the critical mind, known as the “conscious mind” and hones in on the subconscious mind. When a powerful new suggestion is offered, and it’s within the framework of a person’s belief system and moral understanding, the subconscious mind will accept the suggestion and it then becomes your new accepted belief. The suggestions are always based on your goals for healing, and they originate from you, with your input and awareness, and even your specific words.
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How Effective are Hypnosis Consultations?

A survey of mind/body literature by noted researcher Alfred A. Barrios, Ph.D. revealed the following recovery rates:
Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions.
Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions.
Hypnosis: 93% recovery after 6 sessions. Source: American Health Magazine


In What Areas Is Hypnosis Helpful?

Hypnotherapy is most helpful with: Fear, panic, phobias, unwanted habits and addictions, sleep difficulties, lack of confidence and low self-esteem, fear of examinations and public speaking, allergies, migraine and irritable bowel syndrome. Hypnosis has also proved of tremendous value for surgical procedures, anesthesia, quick recovery, faster healing, and pain management. Effective uses also include sports and artistic performance enhancement.
The truth is any issue can be a portal of entry for a hypnosis session. Healing source wounds is sometimes surprising and unexpected, and incredibly powerful. If you are experiencing a pattern that is not working for you, give it a try.


Is Hypnosis Dangerous?

Hypnosis is not dangerous. You can not be made to do anything against your will or against your personal belief system. Your protective mind will be at work to make sure you are always safe. Before you get started, choose a hypnotherapist with whom you feel comfortable. It must be someone with whom you feel a connection, someone you trust, and someone you are able to relax and be honest with. I recommend a regular counseling session before hypnotherapy, so you know you feel comfortable and can work with the hypnotherapist.


Does Hypnosis Always Work?

The most common reasons for failure are:
-Lack of rapport with the hypnotist, lack of trust in the process
-Not ready or willing to examine the true source of the issue.
-Not enough ongoing support until new behaviors become habitual.
-An unwillingness, resistance or skepticism overpowering the desire to heal.
-Disingenuous interest in healing.
-Unskilled hypnotherapist.


Will I give away any secrets while under hypnosis?

You won’t feel compelled to offer any information you don’t want to. Anything that you feel disinclined to share while you are in an awake state you will also withhold while in hypnotic trance, unless you are ready to work with it and let go of it.


Will I remember everything afterwards?

Hypnosis will not cause you to forget what you experienced. Most people remember everything that they experienced while they were hypnotized. You will also receive a written synopsis of your session, and you are welcome to record it if you like.


Are there any side effects from hypnosis?

There are side benefits to hypnotherapy. Most people feel more relaxed and peaceful, and have a greater sense of purpose and control. Since hypnotic trance is a natural state of being, people are genuinely open to the positive effects of hypnosis, and they return to the waking, fully conscious state with no trouble.


How does it feel to be hypnotized?

Hypnosis feels like being in a deeply relaxed and peaceful state throughout your entire body and mind. As you relax more and more, you are able to bypass the needs and distractions arising from the conscious mind and welcome more input from your subconscious mind. This feels expansive and often unexpected. The experiences, sensations, and emotions that bubble up can be subtle, or powerful, or some level in between. Often, insight will erupt from emotional bridges that connect past experiences with present beliefs, thoughts or attitudes. Old decisions can be replaced by new decisions about any experience. It’s simple, beautiful, and soulful. It feels like healing.


Can I be hypnotized against my will?

You cannot be hypnotized against your will. If you do not want to go into trance while in the hypnotherapist office, then you can easily avoid going into hypnotic trance. It is possible for a hypnotherapist to hypnotize you without your knowledge, but that can only happen if you are requesting this. The purpose of this would be to work around any habits of control or skepticism that keep you from surrendering to the process of healing. You would have to know yourself quite well to request this, because why would you go see a hypnotherapist and then fight being hypnotized?

It is possible that a particularly fearful client might need more than one session before they feel fully comfortable enough to experience the healing effects of hypnotherapy.


How do I know I will wake up from hypnosis?

It’s impossible to get stuck in the trance state. Hypnosis is a natural state which we’ve all experienced many times. Going in and out of trance is common and natural and the only difference with hypnotherapy is that we are intentionally using the state of trance for healing purposes. Daydreaming, meditating, sleep, deep relaxation, these are all forms of altered consciousness that we go into and come out of regularly. Hypnotherapy is the same.
Do I have to remember things from my past in order to recover from my problem?
No, you do not have to remember anything. If it’s important for you to recall past events, a hypnotherapy session will access your subconscious mind and you’ll review whatever useful information is stored there. Once that takes place, you and the hypnotherapist will be able to heal trauma and challenges from the past that still influence you today.


When I am “under” will I be asleep?

You are always fully aware when you are in trance. Your conscious mind will feel relaxed enough to take a brief mental vacation, so you’ll find yourself experiencing moments, times, places, people that may have been obscured by your early conditioning, ‘shoulds’, expectations and old stories that were imposed on you in your life experience.
One job of your subconscious mind is to protect you. To do this, it monitors everything going on around you. So your subconscious mind will be monitoring all that the hypnotherapist is saying and doing. Even while in a profound trance you will only receive the offered suggestions that are accepted--and created--by your own goals and your own self-generated desire for healing.


Confidentiality

Laws protects the relationship between clients and hypnotherapists, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
Exceptions include:
• Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse, for which all professionals are required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
• If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, the practitioner must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
• If a client intends to harm himself or herself, the practitioner will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, she will take further measures without their permission that are provided by law in order to ensure safety