FAQ on Hypnosis

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a natural, psychological state experienced as trance. Hypnosis can be induced in an individual or to an entire group. In general, hypnotism is a highly effective technique in solving problems or creating rapid change.

Among other things, hypnosis is a valuable tool in stress reduction. It can help develop emotional strength, and can be a powerful aid in behavior modification. In hypnosis, suggestions are given which are designed to powerfully lead you to positive, worthwhile outcomes, mutually agreed upon prior to induction.

The truth is you have been in a hypnotic state many thousands of times while driving, reading, watching television, listening to music and daydreaming. You didn’t notice it because hypnosis is a natural state of mind for all human beings. Your hypnotist will induce this state and maximize its effectiveness.

How will I feel when I’m hypnotized?

While hypnosis is very relaxing, you will never lose awareness. You certainly will not be asleep or unconscious during hypnosis. You will be relaxed, but mentally aware.

Can I get stuck in hypnosis?

Just as you willingly decide to go into hypnosis, by the same token, you can decide to come out of it any time you want.

Can everyone be hypnotized?

Everyone can be hypnotized provided that they want to be. Hypnosis is not something one person “does” to another. We are all born with the ability to enter and utilize trance. Your development of this skill can be enhanced with the guidance of an experienced hypnotist.

What is a trance?

A trance is a natural state that can occur whenever your attention is narrowly focused and relatively free of distractions. Your attention may be focused either internally (on internal self-talk, visual images, or both) or externally (on a task, a book, a movie, etc.). The focus of attention is so narrow that other stimuli in the environment are ignored for a time. Examples of common trance states are daydreaming, meditation, or being involved in a really good book or movie.

Will I remember anything after the session is over?

You will remember everything your own subconscious mind deems safe and beneficial. Your session will be recorded so that you can review it.

Is it possible to make me do negative things?

People can be manipulated into doing negative things with or without hypnosis. You wouldn’t do anything while in a hypnotic state that you wouldn’t do in your normal waking state.

How is hypnosis different from sleep, meditation or guided imagery?

They are all “trance states”. Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, a changed or focused state of awareness, concentration and perception. What separates hypnosis from meditation and guided imagery are the reinforcement of goals, the fact that relaxation is not a prerequisite as well as the use of the post hypnotic suggestion.

Is hypnosis safe?

Yes, hypnosis is safe when an ethical, competent and qualified certified consulting hypnotist practices it.

What can Hypnosis do?

Hypnosis offers a very effective way, for example, to reduce or eliminate high levels of bad stress.