Frequently Asked Questions Hypnotherapy
1. Does Hypnosis really work and how?
Yes! Research shows that hypnotherapy is affective for a wide variety of purposes including, but not limited to, habit changing, anxiety, fears, stress, phobias, weight loss, self-esteem, pain management and smoking cessation. Hypnotherapy works by communicating with the subconscious mind. The conscious mind is the voice in your head that you hear on a daily basis. The subconscious mind is basically everything else beneath that! It is responsible for any autonomic process that we don't have to think about and it is where thoughts, memories, pain control, and experiences reside. It controls our emotions, habits, and responses to the world. Most problems and habitual behaviors or emotions are learned at a subconscious level where we have accepted ideas and beliefs that are not helpful to us. Consciously we may seek change, but subconsciously we may be stuck in an accepted pattern. Hypnosis updates the subconscious with new more helpful information to get it aligned with what we consciously want in our lives! It seeks to change associations and mentally rehearse better ways of going about things, training the subconscious with new ways to react to the uncertainties and challenges of everyday life. The reality our conscious mind lives in is effectively created by the way our subconscious mind perceives the world. By working directly with the subconscious, we can change that perception and change our world!
2. Will I cluck like a chicken?
Only if that's what you came to do! Hypnosis is not mind control! A hypnotherapist cannot make you do anyting you do not want to do. You are in control! The subconscious always has the power to accept or reject any suggestion given. People who do this type of thing at a stage hypnosis show are doing so willingly. They have come to the show for a good time and so are willing to do something a little silly in the name of having one! You have to want or accept anything suggested for it to show up in your life. As your hypnotherapist, I will work with you to determine what suggestions work for you and will only make the suggestions you have consciously agreed to. If at any time your subconscious does not agree with those suggestions, you will simply refuse them or you will awaken.
3. What does it feel like and what should I expect?
Hypnosis is a deep state of relaxation. It is an altered state of consciousness between wake and sleep brought on by concentration, relaxation, suggestion, and expectation. Guided relaxation will lead you into a state of hyper-awareness that feels very deeply relaxing but in which you will remain completely aware of what's happening around as well as within you. People have varying experiences as to what extent they relax and to what extent they may visualize or imagine. No experience is wrong. It is best to remain open to any experience. You may not be aware of everything the subconscious releases or accepts in a session, but you will notice the results of those changes being made in the upcoming days! You may find new awareness. Attitudes may shift. Stress may be relieved. You may find you have increased conscious desire to change. You have to be consciously ready and willing to create change for hypnosis to work; we are simply asking the subconscious to support you in getting there. When both the subconscious and conscious mind are on the same page and focused toward the same goal, you are much more likely to get a positive and successful result! Hypnosis is an intrument for making a desired and accepted change easier, faster, and more lasting.
4. What if I fall asleep? Or don't wake up?
Your ego is always present and aware, it is just relaxed. You can wake up at any time you choose. People awaken easily. While you are not intended to sleep, you may get so relaxed you fall into a light sleep at some point. It is okay. Sleep is a learning state, and suggestions can be accepted and effective if this should happen.
5. Who can be hypnotized?
Anyone who is willing and open can be hypnotized! Any person regardless of age, sex, IQ, personality or beliefs can be hypnotized as long as they are willing. The depth of trance reached will vary though. Too much thinking, analyzing, or second-guessing during a session may make it more difficult (but not impossible) to relax, so I invite you to ask any questions and find comfort beforehand. I am always willing to address any concerns making it easier for you to relax. There is no "right" or "wrong" way to experience hypnosis, allowing yourself to respond naturally will enable you to enter a deeper state of trance.
6. How many sessions does it take to create permanent change?
This differs based on the individual and the complexity of the problem. Most people experience positive results with one session. Research sugests a reccommended 3-6 sessions for lasting change. This caries depending on the specific problem to be addressed. Some individuals may require more or less. We will determine what works best for you at your free consult and intake and a package will be offered accordingly. If you purchase a multi-session contract you will be provided with free MP3 recordings to reinforce suggestions between sessions and help increase permanence. If at any time you feel you need updated suggestions, personalized recorded sessions can be purchased outside of a contract for a $30 fee or you are welcome to return for an individual session.
Will you provide recorded sessions for maintenance between sessions?
If needed I will provide MP3 recordings of the live sessions for client use between appointments at no charge when in contract. Individual circumstances and format may require a small one-time fee for additional recordings requested. Recorded personalized and edited sessions can also be purchased for maintenance outside of contract for $30.
What is a Regression or Progression session and what should I expect?
Regression sessions ask the subconscious to explore past events and/or lifetimes that may have relevance to the presenting experience. They can be used to recover lost memories from this lifetime or from a past life. Regression sessions are an effective way to bring out underlying themes of recurring occurrences and identify what can be learned from them. If you feel caught in a negative pattern or cycle, this can be an effective tool to break free! It helps one to recognize life lessons, release the past, and achieve purpose. Progression sessions take you into the future or future lives allowing out to see how the lessons learned now may help you in the future. This may help you understand how the present situation can benefit you and allow you to embrace the available growth through it. Nothing is written in stone! The insight gained from these visits may help you to change your path. You must allow adequate time for a successful Regression or Progression session. They can take anywhere from 1 to several hours depending on the memories or visions your subconscious is ready to recall or foresee. How far back or forward you go and how many memories or visions you are able to process, is up to you and what you are ready and willing to visit at the time. You are always in control of a hypnosis session. Trust the subconscious mind to take you to the places you are willing and ready to visit that can help you toward your current goals.
***Hypnosis should not be used to replace medical treatment, substance abuse counseling, mental health treatment, or treatment by any other medical health practitioner. We can work in conjunction with your current treatment if approved, but we cannot replace these professionals!