Hypnosis Frequently Asked Questions

How does hypnotherapy work?

Hypnotherapy works by calming the conscious mind through relaxation and breathing techniques.  It enhances the ability to image, create, remember, and to respond to suggestions. The client is always in control and can either reject or accept suggestions. Since suggestions for imagery are used during hypnotherapy, people can have very vivid, imaginative, and creative experiences.

What if I can’t be hypnotized?

Everyone goes in and out of hypnosis everyday through daydreaming, watching TV, and having strong emotions.  Everyone is different, and some people enter a light trance while others enter a very deep level of hypnosis.  Hypnosis is a right brain function so the more the right brain is used, typically the easier hypnosis can be achieved.

How will I know if I have been hypnotized? What does it feel like?

Some may recall the entire session, some only pieces of images, while others may not remember anything.  Some people may not “feel” any different than when relaxing comfortably in a chair, while others may feel like they are in a relaxed place somewhere between awake and falling asleep. Some simply feel deep relaxation with the feelings of peacefulness, lightness (as if floating) or heaviness (as if sinking further into a chair). Time distortion can also occur. Others may feel as if they were not hypnotized at all.  A good indication of hypnosis is future change in emotions, thoughts, feelings, and/or behaviors.

Can hypnotherapy help me stop ________?

Hypnotherapy may be used to help change a variety of habits such as smoking, over eating, nail biting, etc… and be used for problems such as managing and controlling stress/anxiety/panic attacks.  It may help overcome fears like public speaking, flying, spiders, and other phobias.  It may improve emotional well-being by building confidence & self-esteem or to manage depression or grief.  It may help improve physical conditions by controlling or suppressing pain or discomfort and help promote healing.  Hypnotherapy may be used for personal development like reaching goals and helping to improve sports or other performance.  It may help concentration and increase learning ability.

Can you help me forget a terrible experience I went through?

Various techniques may help change the feelings about the experience.  By doing this you will be able to look at the experience without the emotional attachment. Forgetting the experience will not release the emotional memory.

What if recall something in hypnosis that is awful and I hadn’t remembered till now?

The subconscious mind will only bring forward what is necessary for the highest good.  If an experience is recalled that was previously forgotten, the subconscious mind felt it beneficial to bring forward for resolution.

Is there a guarantee?

There is no guarantee with hypnotherapy as everyone is different; however, sincere desire improves one’s ability to achieve or overcome.