Frequently Asked Questions About Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is merely a state-of-mind similar to day-dreaming and deep meditation. Hypnotic states are experienced by everyone on a daily basis so its nothing new and its nothing that gets done to you. You and your mind take you into hypnosis.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is an alternative therapy that uses NLP & hypnosis techniques to affect behavioural change. In this way it seeks to change/alter how the brain views and accepts information that is limiting in nature. By changing this "pattern", we can create changes in perceptions, habits and behaviours so they are more aligned to the clients higher needs.
Can a person be hypnotised against their will?
Definitely not. As mentioned above, only the person experiencing hypnosis can take their mind into a hypnotic state. Therefore, they are in control of what suggestions they choose to take on.
Will you make me quack like a duck or bark like a dog?
During a hypnosis stage show, the active participants will volunteer knowing they may have to do silly things and so they acknowledge that they are okay with potentially doing silly stuff. This is not the purpose of a hypnotherapy session. The client will have certain issues which they want to resolve and so the hypnotherapist will align to these needs and commit to getting the clients desired results.
Is hypnosis mind-manipulation?
Yes, it is in a sense. However, the word manipulation is stigmatised and creates the sense of evil or wrong doings. This is simply not the case. The hypnotherapist will manipulate the limitations that the client is holding onto, which will then allow the client to be in a more resourceful state so they can make better choices and live a more fulfilled life.
Is hypnosis a quick-fix solution?
It is only a quick-fix solution when the client is 100% ready to change, but just may not be sure how. Then, with a few tweeks, the mind can re-align and better serve the clients higher needs. However, this is seldom the case and therefore it will be necessary to have further sessions to resolve the issue.
How many sessions should I start with?
4 Sessions is a good starting point. This allows many opportunities to give feedback on any changes made, awareness around any hidden issues, fine-tuning any positive aspects and honing in on any difficult aspects of behavioural change.
Is hypnotherapy guaranteed to fix my issue?
No it is not. Nothing is guaranteed. It comes down to the rapport between the client and hypnotherapist, the willingness to change and the clients desire to move toward such change.
Is it possible to get stuck in hypnosis?
It is not possible to get stuck in hypnosis. It is like simply pulling yourself out of a day-dream.
Is hypnosis like truth serum?
No it is not. Only the client has the power to reveal what they choose to reveal to the hypnotherapist.
What if I feel I can't be hypnotised?
This comes down to an issue of wanting to stay in control of the situation. This happens when the person tries to overanalyze the process instead of going with the flow. Or when they refuse to comply with the hypnotherapist's suggestions. Hypnotherapy is not a battle of wills. It is a procedure that requires team work from both parties.
Can hypnosis be dangerous?
Yes, it can be if the hypnotherapist is reckless with the clients memories and/or if they take on clients where their scope of expertise is not adequate to effectively deal with the situation.