What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis: A method of accessing the subconscious mind.
Modern-day Hypnotherapy is an Incredibly Effective tool for accessing and changing the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind houses all of our beliefs, our memories, our emotions, our habits, our imagination; it even controls the functions of the human body including respiration, heartbeat and healing. These factors influence not only our current quality of life, yet also the Life we are heading toward in the future.
Simply put, the subconscious mind is the Most Powerful factor in determining the sort of Life we experience.
Unfortunately for most of us our subconscious is filled with false beliefs and bad habits. If left unchecked, these false beliefs and bad habits will lead us down a path of anxiety, low self-esteem, laziness, anger, sadness, depression and self-sabotaging behaviors – all of which hold us back from our True Potential.
Fortunately the subconscious mind is like a computer and with the proper programming, in the form of hypnosis through the direction of a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist, we can realign this Most Powerful force with what We Truly Want!
How does Hypnotherapy Work?
Hypnosis works through the power of suggestion, yet it is not only the suggestion that gives it it’s power – it’s the client’s willingness to accept it.
Without the willingness to be hypnotized, hypnosis does not happen.
This means You Have the Power!
Hypnosis is concerned with accessing the subconscious mind and in order to gain access to the subconscious mind, we must first pass through the conscious mind.
The conscious mind is that part of us that is always analyzing, judging, and “on-guard.” It’s that part of our mind that we are most identified with – the one that is always talking and rambling inside our head. The conscious mind is a valuable and needed portion of our psyche. For example; our subconscious mind isn’t so good at doing our taxes, diversifying our stock portfolio or creating next week’s schedule, however, the power of the conscious mind pales in comparison next to the Power of The Subconscious Mind.
In order to get past the conscious mind and gain access to the subconscious, the conscious mind must be willingly bypassed by the client. This happens through the willingness to accept suggestions without analyzing, judging, and rejecting them. Once the client has accepted enough suggestions and sufficiently gotten the conscious mind “out of the way”, then they have access to the subconscious and hypnotherapy can begin.
Once this connection has been established, the Hypnotherapist can really begin doing his or her work and guide the client toward changing their subconscious mind to reach their Goals. The difference between a stage-hypnotist and a professional clinical Hypnotherapist at this stage becomes very clear. While a stage-hypnotist may ask a person to dance with a broomstick that looks like a super-model or forget the number five, a Professional Hypnotherapist will help their client to Heal and align their deep inner mind with what they Truly Want.
All you have to do is simply follow suggestions and allow the trained professional to do their work and help align your subconscious with what you Desire!
Am I ever “under the hypnotist’s power” while in hypnosis?
No. You are in control at all times. Outside of television and the movies, no one can take control of your mind. If you were ever given a suggestion that you did not like, you could simply reject the suggestion in your mind or even open your eyes and walk out of the office.
Will I ever do or say anything I don’t want to while I’m hypnotized?
No. It is up to you to accept suggestions given by the Hypnotherapist. If a suggestion was given that went against your moral principles you simply would not accept it. If something came up in your own mind while hypnotized that you did not feel comfortable sharing, you don’t have to. You always have the ability and the right to withhold information.
I’m not sure this will work for me. Am I hypnotizable?
Over 90% of all people are hypnotizable if seeing a well trained Hypnotherapist trained in multiple styles and types of inductions which he or she can match to your specific psyche.
I have a strong will and a strong mind…I don’t think I’m hypnotizable.
The stronger willed and more intelligent you are, the easier it is to be hypnotized. Usually this idea comes from the myth that somehow the hypnotist “takes over” our mind. This is far from the truth. It is your willingness to accept suggestions that makes hypnosis possible. If you resist suggestions, hypnosis will not occur because you are the master of your own mind.
Is Hypnosis a cure-all that only takes one session?
No. Although in some cases one or two sessions may enable a person to break a habit, the majority of cases require approximately 3 sessions. It is not a panacea (it cannot cure all human problems; and it cannot do it instantly).
Is Hypnosis like sleep? Will I be unconscious and unaware of my surroundings?
No. Hypnosis is a state of hyper-acuity. Your awareness is increased. If you fall asleep, you are not in hypnosis. Hypnosis may look like sleep to the outsider, but inside you are very aware. It is because of this expanded awareness that you may reject any suggestion that is given to you at any time, and also because of this expanded awareness that you are able to see within yourself to quickly get to the root of the problem.
Can I get stuck in hypnosis?
No. No one has remained permanently in a hypnotic state. You can come out of hypnosis at any time you want.
Must a person must be deeply hypnotized to be helped?
No. Most hypnotherapeutic work is done in a light to medium state of hypnosis. As a matter of fact, if a less-skilled Hypnotherapist allows you to go to deep into hypnosis you may be too relaxed to respond to suggestions and have effective therapy.
Does Hypnosis always brings up traumatic repressed memories?
No. Hypnosis can be used to uncover repressed memories, but hypnosis itself does not, by default, bring them to the surface. Your subconscious mind will never show you anything that you are not ready to handle, and such memories do not surface without such an intention.
Is the hypnotist gifted with special or mystical powers?
No. A hypnotist is a normal human being without special or mystical powers. A properly trained Hypnotherapist simply understands the way the mind works and has specific training in applying hypnosis to help clients heal emotionally and/ or reach their behavioral goals. It is your willingness to take suggestions that allows you to enter the hypnotic state, not special powers belonging to the hypnotist or Hypnotherapist.