FAQ – Hypnosis is a changed state of awareness and increased relaxation that allows for improved focus and concentration. It also is called hypnotherapy. Hypnosis usually is done with the guidance of a health care provider using verbal repetition and mental images. During hypnosis, most people feel calm and relaxed. Hypnosis typically makes people more open to suggestions about behavior changes.
Hypnosis can help you gain control over behaviors you’d like to change. It may help you cope better with anxiety or pain. Although you’re more open to suggestion during hypnosis, you don’t lose control over your behavior during a hypnosis session.
Before you begin, your health care provider explains the process of hypnosis and reviews your treatment goals. Then the provider typically begins by talking in a gentle, soothing tone, describing images that create a sense of relaxation, security and well-being.
When you’re relaxed and calm, your health care provider suggests ways for you to achieve your goals. That may include, for example, ways to ease pain or reduce cravings to smoke. The provider also may help you visualize vivid, meaningful mental images of yourself accomplishing your goals.
When the session is over, you may be able to bring yourself out of hypnosis on your own. Or your health care provider may help you gradually and comfortably increase your alertness.
Contrary to what you might see in movies or during a hypnotist stage act, people don’t lose control over their behavior during hypnosis. They usually remain aware during a session and remember what happens.
Over time, you may be able to practice self-hypnosis. During self-hypnosis, you reach a state of relaxation and calm without a health care provider’s guidance. This skill can be helpful in many situations, such as before surgery or other medical procedures.
Hypnosis can be effective in helping people cope with pain, stress and anxiety. Keep in mind, though, that health care providers typically suggest other treatments, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, for those conditions before or along with hypnosis. Hypnosis may be effective as part of a larger treatment plan for quitting smoking or losing weight.
Hypnosis isn’t right for everyone. Not all people are able to enter a state of hypnosis fully enough for it to work well. In general, the more quickly and easily people reach a state of relaxation and calm during a session, the more likely it is that they will benefit from hypnosis.
Most frequently Asked questions and answers
Hypnosis is defined as a state of heightened suggestibility. It is the most effective tool for changing unhealthy habits and behaviors. It is also the most powerful tool I know of to promote change and enhancement of emotions, beliefs, and feelings.
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state that every human has experienced thousands of times. It is not a form of mind control, or magic. It is a gateway into the power of your subconscious mind.
No. Hypnosis actually helps you take back control and is a state of mind that requires consent. You will be fully aware of what I am saying during the entire session, and cannot be made to go against your own morals. You will not reveal secrets while in hypnosis.
A common misconception is someone who thinks that they are “too strong-willed” to be hypnotized. When in fact, it’s quite the opposite. The stronger your ability to focus and concentrate, the faster and easier you will go into hypnosis.
You can not get “stuck” in hypnosis although you may wish you could.
Sessions are scheduled for 50 minutes. The hypnotic process is usually 15-30 minutes of our time together.
You will be fully aware of everything I say. Hypnosis simply allows access to that part of your brain which is keeping you from making the changes you desire. You may or may not remember everything I say.