|Frequently Asked Questions|
What is HYPNOSIS?
Hypnosis comes from the Greek word “hypno” which means sleep however rather than actual sleep, hypnosis is the state where your mind and body are totally relaxed and your mind focused with razor-sharp alertness. There is a change that happens in the brain wave activity during hypnosis similar to that time just before sleep when the Alpha state is entered. Your brain's waking state is a Beta brain wave and just as you are going to sleep it changes to Alpha, then to Delta and finally to Theta in deep sleep. The Alpha state is a very dreamy, pleasant state. During this time the subconscious mind is open to positive ideas or suggestions to your benefit and well being. It is in this state that the subconscious mind will experience vivid visualizations. The more real the experience is during hypnosis, the more effective the changes will be in your behavior after the hypnotic session.
Hypnosis is a normal state of mind, one which most people go in and out of every day. When you are watching a movie that you are engrossed in, driving down a long monotonous road, listening to music that captures a mood or engrosses you, you are in hypnosis. We experience hypnosis every day of our life and don't even know it. When you are in a guided hypnotic trance session, or driving down the road in trance, you can trust that your subconscious mind is always aware and watching out for you and your well-being. In fact, since hypnosis can help make us more mentally sharp, it will help keep us safer, by making us more aware of our surroundings during the day. Your perception of what is occurring around you is enhanced with increased clarity enabling you to make better decisions.
Exactly what happens in hypnotherapy?
In hypnotherapy, your Hypnotherapist uses hypnosis - the trance state or twilight sleep between waking and sleeping - to guide the subconscious mind to the source of feelings, memories, and to our spiritual center. The emotional "charge" that drives us to behave in a particular way is tapped. Old feelings are released, making room for new ways of experiencing ourselves. We literally change the narrative from a negative story to a positive one, moving to a better understanding of the Self.
Can hypnosis make me do or say things I do not want to?
Absolutely not. You will never do anything, or accept any suggestion that violates your morals or values; neither will you give away secrets or compromising information. You will not divulge any information that you would not ordinarily share. You always have control and choice, trusting that your subconscious mind will continue to look out for you at all times.
You will discover inner truths about yourself, your situation, or some self-serving sabotage, that you may not be aware of consciously. This means finding out the programming going on that you did not know about which causes you to keep making the same mistakes, get sick, get angry, have rotten luck, or ignore important clues about your success or failure. The really good news is that when you uncover these inner truths kept secret in your subconscious mind, your mind can no longer play that game. Your subconscious mind must now do it differently to get the results you want.
As your Hypnotherapist, I am totally committed to helping you achieve your therapeutic goals. You cannot and will never be compelled to do or say anything that is in conflict with your personal, moral or ethical standards or beliefs.
Can I get stuck in a state of hypnosis?
No one has ever gotten stuck in a terminal state of hypnosis. It simply will not happen. You can either count yourself out of hypnosis or your Hypnotherapist will do this for you.
Will I forget what happens during a hypnosis session?
Occasionally some amnesia happens during a session. For the most part, you will hear every word your Hypnotherapist will say and all the sounds of everyday life around you and remember most, if not all, of what happened in the session because your mind is in such a focused state.
Can anyone be hypnotized?
Yes, in fact going into hypnosis is a learned trait. You will teach your body and mind to go into hypnotic trance quickly soundly and deeply each and every time in self-hypnosis or learn how to do this during guided therapeutic sessions.
What most people do notice is that something in their lives has changed maybe on the day of the therapeutic session, maybe the next week. Their subconscious mind quickly absorbs the positive suggestions for their well being relative to their therapeutic goals and positive changes happen, magically.
Hypnosis then is the extremely effective tool to change the way your mind experiences your world. Good Hypnotherapists know how to gently release blocks and fears, create a new inner belief that will set the wheels in motion to make positive changes in the way you want to think, feel and behave, indeed in the way you want to live your life.
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