For your convenience, the most common questions about hypnosis are answered here:
Q: What is hypnosis?
A: Hypnosis is a natural state of mind and body. We experience it at least twice every day; in the morning as we are waking up and at night as we are falling asleep.
Q: Do you go to sleep in hypnosis?
A: No! In hypnosis you feel relaxation. To the outsider observing, you may appear asleep. However, you have complete control over your relaxed state. Your brain is in a hypnotic sleep. Whenever you desire, you can come out of hypnosis. You still hear everything and are aware of your surroundings.
Q: Does hypnosis control your mind?
A: Absolutely Not! This misinformation has been passed on through generations and dramatized for decades.
Q: Can you stay in hypnosis and not come out?
A: Absolutely Not! You can come out of this wonderful state of relaxed mind and body anytime you choose to.
Q: Can anyone be hypnotized?
A: Yes! Some will go into a deeper state naturally. Some will take a bit longer to go into a deeper stage of hypnosis.
Q: I saw a hypnosis show and it appeared that the hypnotist had complete control of the participants. Is that true?
A: The volunteers for a hypnosis show will not do anything that is against their nature or belief. When hypnotized, the volunteer is very relaxed and appears to be under the influence of the hypnotists. In reality the volunteer would only react to suggestions that are comfortable to him or her.
Q: Can anyone learn to do self-hypnosis?
A: Absolutely! As mentioned earlier we already experience hypnosis at least twice every day. All you do is learn to accelerate the process.
Q: How long does it take to make a change through hypnosis?
A: Depends on you! It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you are ready for change. Generally, most people can make changes in their lives with a few sessions; providing they reinforce the change regularly. Remember it took you many years to develop and implement a change. Give yourself a little time to make the change permanent.
Q: Can I work with a hypnotherapist on emotional issues in conjunction with my therapist?
A: Yes you can! the hypnotherapist will need a referral from your therapist and your authorization to work with you.