Here are some questions about hypnosis and hypnotherapy I am frequently asked during Vancouver clients’ consultations.
Some people turn to hypnosis as a last resort, after they have tried many other modalities. Hypnotherapy can come in last due to many misconceptions. In this list of questions I, as a hypnotherapist, want to bring to light some misconceptions as well as the very simple fact that hypnosis is a natural state where you are always in control. In fact, Hypnotherapy helps you have more control so you can transform your problems into your desired goals.
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural, heightened state of awareness and suggestibility that allows you to deepen your mind-body connection and reprogram your patterns: thoughts, emotions, actions and reactions.
Many wise people have defined hypnosis in different ways. The definition I like the most is by James Tripp: “The use of language and communication – to direct attention, lead cognition and seed ideas
for the purpose of leading people into an altered experience of reality.”
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis’ therapeutic modality. Hypnotherapy is a modality to facilitate a desired change by tapping into the subconscious using a wide array of hypnotic tools like visualization, metaphors, direct suggestions and more.
It is believed that every person holds the solution to his or her problems and the answer to his or her question – sometimes the solution or the answers are accessible and clear and other times they are stored in one’s subconscious.
Through hypnotherapy, one can tap into his or her subconscious, and access information that wasn’t accessible to them before.
The role of the hypnotherapist is to facilitate the process and the change, acting like a tour guide, finding “golden nuggets” within the client’s story and pointing out information that might seem irrelevant to the client but that can shift the client’s perception and create a change.
The client has an active role where they need to be motivated to create the change and to allow the transformation to happen. This is done by relaxing into the process and broadening one’s awareness to open up to new possibilities and opportunities.
What does hypnosis feel like?
Hypnosis feels like your mind is alert. You are in a state of heightened focus directed towards the suggestions you are receiving and the depth of your past experiences.
Although hypnosis is not necessarily a state of relaxation, most people report that they feel very relaxed – like when you are in bed at night just before falling asleep. You are aware of everything you hear, see, feel and smell, but your mind is focused on the task of falling asleep. So, if nothing special happens, you will be asleep within short moments. However, if you hear an alarm go off, you will be wide awake and alert. This is usually the feeling people report – their body feels pleasantly lethargic and their mind awareness opens up while they are focused on the process.
Some people report that they feel pleasantly “normal”.
The hypnosis experience is different from one person to another, and is based on each person’s uniqueness, their desire to change, and their willingness to be an active participant.
Hypnosis is not magic. No one can hypnotize you against your will. You will always be in control – the words you speak and your level of participation is up to you.
The more you are committed to the change and actively participate the more success you will have.
Is hypnosis right for me?
Most people choose hypnosis after they have tried many other modalities and feel like their issue persists.
Your hypnotherapy enrollment process includes a free, pre-session consultation so we can both have a better understanding of your goals and whether this is the right approach for you.
What If I Can’t Be hypnotized?
Trance is a hypnotic state that occurs naturally through our daily life. Day-dreaming is one form of it. However, every automatic response is a form of trance.
So, if you can understand and follow the verbal instructions, if you can engage your mind in imaginative thinking that allows you to become involved in a movie or a good story, you can be hypnotized — if you choose to be.
Is hypnotherapy safe for children?
Children engage their imaginative thinking often and naturally, and so they are frequently in a hypnotic state. Sessions with children allow them to use their imagination to achieve their goals.
Children love hypnosis and afterward feel more confident, happier, and experience the freedom of being themselves.
Will I be in control and self-aware?
Yes. You will always be in control. You will be in a state of heightened awareness in fact, so you will have more control over your thoughts, emotions and your desired reactions than usual.
You will remember your experience and choose what and when to say anything.
How many hypnosis sessions are needed?
My goal is to give you effective support to overcome your issues in as few hypnosis sessions as possible. These sessions and hypnosis tools will equip you to address issues between sessions and long after our hypnosis sessions are over.
That said, hypnosis is a process rather than an event. Most of my clients feel better after only one session, but benefit from deeper change with 3 hypnosis sessions. It is my experience that clients who commit to 3 hypnosis sessions experience a profound transformation.
The vast majority of issues will be best served with a series of sessions tailored to your unique situation and needs. Our clients are scheduled for a brief series of sessions, as our goal is to provide you with the most effective hypnotic process in the most efficient use of your time. This model allows for an effective series of sessions with continued reinforcement, self-hypnosis training, and proper customization for your unique set of needs.
What’s the next step?
Ready to experience the benefits of hypnotherapy?
Contact me so we can discuss your goals and how you can achieve them.