Transformations Hypnotherapy
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Hypnosis FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Hypnosis 

What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis a method of communicating with and influencing the subconcious mind.  This is possible because of the hypnotic state, which is simply a state of complete relaxation and focused concentration.  This state is similar to daydreaming or other times when you are "lost in thought". 

Have you ever been watching a movie, reading a book, looking out the window, or staring at a fire and your mind seems to drift?  Maybe you're concentrating on something completely unrelated to where you are or what you're doing or perhaps you're not really thinking about anything at all.  Everything in your surroundings seems to just melt away, and for a moment, you're totally unaware of the outside world.  These experiences are examples of the focused attention that is characteristic of the Hypnotic State. 

Hypnosis is a method by which we can alter our state of awareness, allowing us to focus on issues of our choosing.  Hypnosis is simply a tool which we can utilize to enhance or enable whatever we set our minds to accomplish - because in the hypnotic state, we can access the subconscious mind to implement, at the most effective level, the changes in our thoughts to provide the outcomes we desire.        You can Read More Here.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Simply put, Hypnotherapy is a focused therapy that takes place while a person is in a Hypnotic State (Hypnosis) with an emphasis on acheiving a specified and desired outcome (quit smoking, conquer fears, manage weight, and so forth).  Hypnotherapy utilizes several specialized techniques to modify someone’s behavior and attitudes.  The main goal of hypnotherapy is to get your conscious mind and your subconscious or unconscious mind to work together to acheive a desired change or outcome.  

Why is it more effective to work with the subconcious mind when trying to make changes? 
Many people are conflicted between their logical or rational mind (the conscious) and the emotional (or subconcious) mind. Hypnotherapy has incredibly powerful tools to solve that kind of problem.  Almost all of my clients consciously understand that they have a problem, but they still can’t control that problem.  Here are some examples:
  • An overweight woman eating 4 pieces of chocolate cake at night while watching “The Biggest Loser,” on TV.  She feels guilty about eating the chocolate cake because she knows on one level that she shouldn’t be doing it, but on another level, the cake soothes her emotions and somehow makes her feel better.
  • The man that looks at the pornographic magazine knowing his wife is offended by his behavior; on one level he wants to stop, on another, he seems drawn to the behavior. 
  • The 30-year smoker that keeps smoking, even though he can't stop coughing, even though he sees it ruining his health, even though his doctor said he was risking serious illness and cancer, even though he's embarassed about it, and even though he's intelligent enough to know all the reasons that he shouldn't and yet he continues to smoke and says that it makes him feel good.

To put it plainly, the people in these examples can make the necessary changes in their habits so much easier and faster when the subconscious (or emotional) mind has accepted that these habits need to be changed - their conscious minds have simply not been able to make the change alone.

Why is Hypnotherapy so effective?
Quite simply, Hypnotherapy provides targeted, effective change strategies that influence the emotional subconscious mind.  When your subconscious accepts this change, it becomes extremely easy to change habits, attitudes, and behaviors on a conscious level.  Science has proven that the subconcious and subconscious activity accounts for up to 90% of a person's overall brain capacity and activity, controlling most aspects of the mind and body, this is why it is possible to change the habits and attitudes of a lifetime so quickly and effectively with Hypnotherapy - since it works directly with the subconscious.

In what areas is Hypnotherapy useful?
Common areas are: smoking cessation, weight loss, sleep disorders, stress, anxiety, pain relief, overcoming fears & phobias, improvement of concentration, study skills, building confidence, relaxation, improving sports performance, acheiving goals, personal development, movement disorders, addictive habits.  SEE A MORE COMPREHENSIVE LIST HERE.

Can I be Hypnotized?
This is one of the most common questions people have asked me.  The short answer is more than likely - in fact, over 95 percent of the general population can be hypnotized.

In the late 1950s, researchers of Stanford University learned that almost any person of  normal intelligence  can be hypnotized.  Subsequent studies at universities and medical centers around the world have reaffirmed this.  In general, there are 5 major groups that have difficulty becoming hypnotized:

  • Small children who are not capable of focusing their attention (Ideally, a child needs to be able to pay attention for at least 5 minutes to be hypnotized effectively.) 
  • Those that have suffered severe organic brain damage and cannot concentrate.
  • Those that have a very low IQ - an IQ below 70.
  • Someone who is chemically impaired.  (If a person is impaired to the point where they cannot concentrate or hold a conversation - this can happen with legal and illegal substances).
  • Someone who DOES NOT WANT to be hypnotized. (This person would be the most common category of client who can’t be hypnotized. I am careful to screen clients to make sure they actually want to change. If you don’t want to change or be hypnotized, I can’t force you to do so.)

If, for some reason, you do not respond to hypnosis, I also work with clients using only NLP and EFT to help them rapidly transform their lives.  I am a master practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), which is a non-hypnotic, rapid change modality.

What if I am strong-willed or have a controlling personality?
Many people feel that they are too strong-willed to be hypnotized, and that it is only for the weak and naïve.  However, research has proven that, in fact, people that are strong-willed and very intelligent are normally extremely successful with hypnosis.

How does it feel to be Hypnotized?
Hypnosis feels similar to daydreaming or to the feeling you get right before you fall asleep at night or right as you are waking in the morning.  It is very important that you remember - Hypnosis is not sleep.  Although the term hypnosis is derived from the Greek word for sleep, as a clinical experience, hypnosis is simply a state of relaxation and focused concentration. You will feel very relaxed and peaceful, somewhat like relaxing for a few minutes in your favorite chair after a busy day at work.  If fact, most people feel really refreshed and revitalized after a hypnosis session.

Will I remain conscious and alert during the session?
Yes. You can hear what's happening and you are generally aware of the things going on around you - however, you are probably very focused on the issues that are being addressed in your session and may not pay much attention to outside stimuli.  During the session, you remain in complete control and can terminate the session at any point, if you choose to do so.

Is Hypnosis safe?
Absolutely - countless research studies have documented that Hypnotherapy is one of the safest and most effective methods for successful change in practice today.  Since it is a naturally occurring state, the Mayo Clinic calls Hypnosis an "anodyne therapy".  Almost all hypnotherapy clients report feeling invigorated, energetic, relaxed and happy. 

Are there any Side Effects with Hypnosis?
No.  Hypnosis is a totally naturally occuring state of mind, so there no side effects.  During sessions, things that do happen tend to be related to an activation of the parasympathetic response (rest/relaxation or satiation experiences). For example, someone might experience their heart rate slowing down, their blood pressure reducing, a person might perceive time speeding up or slowing down.  However, once the session is over, everything returns to normal.

Am I still in control? 
Will I do anything I don't want to do or will I reveal secrets?

You are in ABSOLUTE CONTROL during your sessions.  Hypnosis is actually a self-induced experience - as your hypnotherapist, I help to guide you into your own experience of relaxation and focus.  A good analogy is that of the hypnotherapist sitting in the passenger seat of a car, reading map directions to the driver (the client). The driver can listen and follow the suggestions given by the passenger, or they can choose to go their own way, because the driver is always in control.  A person who is hypnotized can awaken themselves at any time, and the hypnotist cannot make someone do something that they otherwise would not want to do.  Clinical Hypnosis is nothing like what you've seen in movies or read about in novels.  Additionally, Hypnosis is not a lie detector or a truth serum that makes people incapable of lying or keeping secrets.  You will not reveal any intimate secrets you would not tell while in normal conversation with a therapist.

How much of my Hypnotherapy Session will I remember?
Some people remember everything that was said during the session.  Others remember parts of it, quite a few clients have difficulties remembering most of it.  Since the suggestions are directed to your subconscious mind, how much you remember consciously after the session has no bearing on your success.

Is there any risk of getting stuck in Hypnosis?
Absolutely not. 
It is simply not possible to get stuck in hypnosis, contrary to what Hollywood might portray.  The Hypnotic State is a normal, natural state.

Some people believe that hypnosis is related to the hypnagogic and hypnopompic states that immediately precede and follow sleep.  The hypnogogic state is that state where you are falling asleep, but are still aware of your surroundings.  Perhaps you have started to see images or even dream, but still retain some level of present moment awareness.  The hypnopompic state is that state that happens as you wake up naturally in the morning (without an alarm).  Your body is very relaxed and maybe your eyes are even closed. You are asleep, but you are also partially aware of your surroundings.  Maybe you can even follow a conversation in the adjoining room.

Just as people don’t get stuck in sleep, people don’t get stuck in hypnosis.

Are Hypnotherapy Sessions and all of our interactions confidential?
Definately. At Transformations Hypnotherapy, we are not allowed to share or release any information about our clients, their sessions, or any conversations that may take place.  We are only allowed to release certain types of information with express written permission of the client just as any doctors office or medical treatment facility.  All interactions are in the strictest confidence at all times.


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