Hypnosis is a natural state of selective, focused attention. In hypnosis, a person enters a state of consciousness where they become highly responsive to suggestion. Through the hypnotic suggestions, the subconscious mind allows modification of behavior, elimination of unwanted habits or fears, and opens up possibilities for healing. When we are in a state of hypnosis, we can utilize our thoughts and experiences to intentionally make changes in ways not usually available to us through our conscious mind.
Hypnosis is safe and is also very common. During the day, we are constantly in and out of hypnosis or what is an often referred to as a “trance”. For example, when we read, watch TV, listen to music, your conscious mind can be distracted and your subconscious mind takes over during these times. Have you ever found yourself reading the same paragraph over and over realizing you weren’t even paying attention to what you were reading? Or perhaps you’re driving and found yourself at your destination with the realization you don’t remember how you got there – it’s like you were on autopilot. In a way you were, and your subconscious mind takes over and alerts you if your conscious mind needs to address something. It is 100% natural and completely normal and one of the most fascinating wonders of the human mind.
While in a hypnotic trance initiated by a professional hypnotist, a person typically experiences a gradual feeling of calm relaxation that increases to a sense of deep relaxation where they just can’t be bothered to think or do anything except enjoy the relaxation. Some people say they experience a feeling of lightness while others may have a feeling of heaviness. There is no specific feeling associated with hypnosis, it is unique for every individual.
No one really knows for sure, the mind is very complex and new studies are being conducted all the time. What we do know, is that when a person is in a relaxed state, such as a hypnotic trance, there is a heightened state of suggestibility. During the relaxed “trance” state, the suggestions given are accepted as being true and effect the beliefs, habits, perceptions and behaviors of a person in varying degrees.
No. There is a connection between intelligence and the ability to be hypnotized. the greater the intelligence the better the hypnotic subject. Those with very low IQ’s are difficult if not impossible to hypnotize and those with psychotic disorders such as Schizophrenia have delusions and hallucinations that make hypnosis challenging or improbable. Those with a mental health condition should seek professional counseling with a qualified therapist.
A hypnotist is like a guide that helps the client go into a natural hypnotic state and most people go into trance easily. However anyone can resist and there are some people that may view trance as a sign of weakness. This is a misguided way of thinking about it, and in my experience, is usually more an indication of fear. A trained hypnotist can help those clients feel more self-assured and confident that they can relax and go with it and have a relaxing and pleasant hypnotic experience.
No. The hypnotist has no control over you and cannot make you do things against your will. A person will resist if they are asked to do something they object to in hypnosis and may come immediately out of the hypnotic trance as a result.
This varies from person to person. Some clients have said they experienced an immediate shift and for others it was much more subtle. That said, even in the first session, you can expect to become more relaxed and just being more relaxed can help many mental and physical problems, even before we get to the “hypnotic suggestion” part of the session. Hypnosis can help bridge the gap between your head and your heart, making your goals much more within reach, and therefore increasing your chances of permanent change.
I encourage clients to keep an open mind and I personally believe that anything is possible within the realm of our own minds. I have helped so many people help themselves through hypnosis, some that have quite frankly amazed me. I think it a shame for some people to discount hypnosis as an option due to unfounded fears or perhaps misinformation. To be truthful, hypnosis does not solve every problem all the time, however, it does help almost all of the time and can create amazing life changing results. You are pretty much guaranteed a comforting, relaxing, and enjoyable experience, as well as a chance at reaching your goals.
Meditative states are similar, but the practice of hypnosis is significantly different. Hypnotists often use meditation techniques to get their clients into a hypnotic trance such as breathing techniques. The goal of meditation though, is to ‘empty’ the mind or at the least slow thoughts to calm the mind. The objective of hypnosis is to add suggestions that are beneficial to the client during the trance state. With hypnosis, there is usually the goal of a specific change such as; to stop smoking, become motivated to exercise, eliminate or reduce a fear or remain calm and relaxed when in a stressful situation. The suggestions given in the hypnotic state are applied and used when out of trance.
Yes. However, really young children usually have a short attention span so hypnosis is more effective for children around age 7 and up, though younger children have responded well to hypnosis. Shorter sessions and a different approach are used with children than adults. Some common childhood issues that can be resolved with hypnosis are: bed wetting, nightmares and other sleep issues, nail biting, and much more. Each child is unique, so please call to see if your child is a good candidate.
Typically not. However you may pay less if you see a mental health practitioner that includes hypnosis in your therapy. Some companies will reimburse you for smoking cessation hypnosis, but you will need to verify that with your employer. You should always consult your insurance provider or employer to find out if you are covered. That said, I am able to process HSA and FSA cards if you prefer to use those instead of paying out of pocket.