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FAQ-Frequently Asked Questions
Can everyone be hypnotized?
Many people, when they hear about hypnosis say, “Well, I can’t be hypnotized.” It is not necessary to be in some sort of an otherworldly trance to be in hypnosis. Hypnosis is a natural state which everyone moves in and out of throughout each day. Many of our everyday normal activities are actually performed under hypnosis without us being aware of it. You can have an extremely effective hypnosis session while being aware of and able to recall every word spoken by the Hypnotherapist.
Hypnosis is just like the state you are in when you have been driving a car for a long distance. You know that feeling. It’s not that you are oblivious to everything, it’s just that you have tuned out all of the unimportant stimuli. Your focus is the road. If something were to happen which required your attention, such as a car trying to pass you, your body and mind would be able to properly respond. Also, you would be able at any time you chose, to notice the beautiful trees or old farm mills or anything else you may be driving past.
Another example of hypnosis is playing video games. Some people can play video games for hours in one sitting. If someone were to talk to you while you were in a video game session, you would be able to respond.
A third good example of a hypnotic state is being on the computer. People who are using a computer are focused on what they are doing, but can intelligently answer the phone when it rings.
So, hypnosis is no different than driving a car, playing video games, daydreaming or working on a computer. Most people engaged in these activities would not think they are in a trance, but they are. They are in a light hypnotic trance known as Alpha.
What exactly can it do for me?
Hypnotherapy can help you make changes in your life. It allows you to focus your attention on a particular goal and you are more likely to follow the suggestions during a hypnotic state. Hypnosis has medical, therapeutic, physical and emotional benefits.
Is hypnosis appropriate for everyone?...Are there any drawbacks?
Hypnosis is appropriate for most people. At this time we do not recommend the use of hypnosis for people with epilepsy or who have schizophrenia. There are no drawbacks to hypnosis if you do not have these disorders.
Will I have free will...will I lose control?
You will always have free will. You will be less aware of your surroundings because you will be focused on suggestions, but you will be able to exit the hypnotic state at any moment. The Client is always in control of the hypnotic state and would not do anything against their moral and ethical beliefs or say anything that they were not wanting to reveal.
Can I engage in other forms of therapy while I’m doing this?
Yes, however you should focus on only one area of change at a time to see the best results. You can also use other forms of therapy such as relaxation techniques, mindfulness, meditation, cognitive-behavioral therapy, acupuncture, etc.
What if I believe I’m too old to change? Is that a stumbling block?
Your subconscious mind does not have an age and hypnosis can help you make the changes that you desire, no matter what your age.
What makes a person a good candidate?
Anyone who wants to make a change in his or her life is a good candidate.