HYPNOSIS FAQ

What Is Hypnosis?

The induction of a state of consciousness in which a person apparently loses the power of voluntary action and is highly responsive to suggestion or direction. Its use in therapy, typically to recover suppressed memories or to allow modification of behavior by suggestion, is frequently used to help one to conquer anxiety, smoking, weight issues, relationship problems, and a wide variety of personal and medical problems.

Is Hypnosis Real?

Absolutely. Hypnosis can alter one’s sensations and perceptions. For instance, hypnotic suggestion can relieve the sensation of pain or effect a change of will when your conscious mind is having difficulty in resolving an issue. Hypnotherapy alters the way that the brain processes information. Controlled clinical trials tell us that hypnosis is effective in treating pain and turning around unwanted habits.

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the process used by the hypnotherapist on a client in a private session. It involves cognitive discussion of the client’s presenting issue, then hypnosis during which suggestions are made to the client that will resolve the presenting issue.

It is quite similar to psychotherapy. The main difference is that it involves hypnosis.

What is the main value of hypnotherapy?

The main benefit of hypnotherapy is saving vast amounts of time in your therapeutic practice. Instead of taking three years to resolve and issue, a hypnotherapist can do so in three months or less.

The uses of hypnotherapy are vast, including smoking cessation, weight loss, and as an adjunct to overcoming alcoholism. It can also be used to treat pain, anxiety, depression and to discover past lives.

Hypnosis vs Hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis is the process which a hypnotist or hypnotherapist uses to put clients into a trance. Hypnotherapy is a practice between hypnotist and client, most similar to psychotherapy.

Is it possible to resolve issues in only one session?

Yes, that is possible and has occurred a great deal – mainly in smoking cessation. However, most issues need several sessions to find resolution.

Does hypnosis control a person’s actions?

No, nobody under hypnosis can be made to perform actions that they would not normally perform in their waking state – although if you do allow yourself to act upon a suggestion you may feel as though the effects are happening by themselves.

How much like sleep is hypnosis?

Not at all. Even though the term hypnosis comes from Hypnos, the Greek God of sleep, all studies have proven that hypnosis and sleep are entirely different.

Brain activity studies have shown us that the functions of the brain during sleep are entirely different from those functions during hypnosis. For one thing, hypnotherapy is done while a person is awake and, rather than creating sleep, the hypnotic trance state allows anyone to remember everything which took place during hypnosis.

Can anyone be hypnotized?

Yes, everybody is hypnotizable. For years, it was believed that some people cannot be hypnotized but recent evidence tells us that anyone, if spoken to based on the type of suggestions each person needs, can be successfully hypnotized. This is the result of the groundbreaking discoveries made by John Kappas, the founder of Hypnosis Motivation Institute.

Dr. Kappas divided individuals into two types of suggestibility – emotionals and physicals. The emotionals follow hypnotic suggestions based upon inference while the physicals will follow the suggestions through a direct suggestion.

How does hypnosis feel?

A person under hypnosis feels extreme relaxation and a direct connection with the hypnotist’s words. It’s as if their conscious mind took a temporary break from thinking while thought patterns are still functioning. After a hypnotic session, individuals have often expressed a sensation of clarity that they don’t feel in their normal state. Some people feel heavy, some feel light, some feel as if they are floating.

What if you become trapped in hypnosis?

No one can become trapped in hypnosis. In all instances, people will come out of the hypnotic state once the hypnotist suggests that they do so. There is no evidence that anybody can become stuck in hypnosis. One study done revealed that when the hypnotist left the room, the one being hypnotized will soon spontaneously wake up from the hypnosis. You need the hypnotist to keep you in a trance.

What can hypnosis treat?

Hypnosis can treat a vast number of psychological barriers that keep us in a state of phobia or panic. It has also been proven as a reliable method for weight loss, smoking cessation and control of pain.

Can alcoholics benefit from hypnosis?

Yes, as an adjunct to participation in Alcoholics Anonymous, yes.

Is hypnotherapy a science?

Hypnotherapy is a science the same way that psychotherapy is a science. The process of consulting with, and in the case of hypnotherapy, hypnotizing a subject can be viewed as a science in the sense that a great deal of research and trials have gone into making hypnotherapy a valuable asset.

Is NLP hypnosis?

NLP, or Neuro-linguistic programming, is done by qualified NLP practitioners (usually those who are hypnotherapists) who utilize the NLP technique to reframe the way that an individual thinks of a situation which may be causing the person to behave in an undesirable way. NLP practice, though, is not done under hypnosis. It is often done before an individual is hypnotized to set up and reinforce the suggestions that are given to a client by the hypnotherapist.

Are you in a trance in hypnosis?

Yes – It is a state that occurs to everyone frequently. Whenever we are in a sort of doze and miss our freeway exit or are deep into a movie, book or tv show, we are in a trance. The difference between those states and hypnosis is that hypnosis aids people in relieving problems.

How do you become hypnotized?

There are a variety of hypnotic induction techniques. The most common is the arm raising induction, where a client’s arm is raised. Other techniques include eye fascination, staring at the ceiling and bringing a hand to the face.

How old is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is 3,000 years old, starting with the Egyptians. It was then used by the Greeks and, while practiced in the Middle Ages, it didn’t really come in the public eye until the 19th Century.

Can hypnotherapy resolve a problem?

Yes. It has been in wide practice since the advent of Freudian psychotherapy and practiced as a separate profession and technique to help people for more than 100 years, finding its best modern practice from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in 1968.

The British Medical Association: “For the past hundred years there has been an abundance of evidence that psychological and physiological changes could be produced by hypnotism which were worth study on their own account, and also that such changes might be of great service in the treatment of patients.”

What is the difference between Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapists work with their clients to discover the reason for problems that have plagued the clients. Through cognitive therapy alone, they explore the client’s past and work, through talk, on resolving these issues. In hypnotherapy, the session begins with a brief cognitive session but, instead of a long period of talk therapy, the hypnotherapist uses hypnosis to uncover the reasons for problems, then use suggestions for the client to overcome these problems.

Can you lose control of things when in hypnosis?

No.  Hypnosis is nothing but a state of relaxed deep focus.

Why does hypnotherapy work?

Because the subconscious mind is directly accessed under hypnotherapy and issues that clients have can be resolved in short order.