Q. Who can be hypnotized?
Anyone with reasonable intelligence can be hypnotized. The only ones who may not be able to be hypnotized are people with severe mental disability and children under the age of five, in both cases it’s because they may not understand the words you are saying or be able to follow your instructions. If you are able to read a book and follow simple instructions you are hypnotizable, but only if you want to be. The only requirement is the desire to be hypnotized (or at least allow it to happen) plus an understanding of what they need to do in order to achieve the hypnotic state. The degree, however, varies from person to person. Occasionally a different induction method or a different therapist may be necessary. Most therapy sessions do not require more than a light trance state which everyone can easily achieve with a training.
Q. Am I sleeping?
Actually, it is just the opposite! You are wide awake. You are very aware under hypnosis. You are actually in a state of what is called hypersensitivity. All of your senses are enhanced, your sight, hearing, taste, smell, emotions. It is closer to a state of day dreaming or relaxing. You will be focused on the words of the Hypnotherapist and outside sounds will seem to fade away.
Q. Can I get stuck in hypnosis?
No, the hypnotic state can be terminated at any time you chose. It is your choice to enter the state and you can always choose to leave it. If you were left in a hypnotic state by your Hypnotherapist or by a hypnotic tape, you would either return to full consciousness on your own or enter a natural sleep and awaken after a short pleasant nap. In any case professional therapists are trained to awaken clients reluctant to leave the trance state - in their own interests - after all, there may be another client waiting for their session! There is no "trance" or "being under anyone's power". That is merely HOLLYWOOD. There has never been a terminal case of hypnosis in the emergency room.
Q. Will I tell you any deep . . . dark . . . secrets?
Not unless you want to. It is not a truth serum! If you have a bag of money hidden in your backyard, the secret will still be safe after your session. In fact, there are many that say that you can even pass a lie detector test under hypnosis.
Q. Is hypnosis dangerous?
No, it is no more dangerous than sitting in a recliner, watching television. The only side effect will be that you will be very relaxed afterwards. Every 15 minutes of hypnosis is equal to approximately four hours of sleep.
Q. What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis has been around for thousands of years. Hypnotherapy is simply therapy which uses hypnosis as powerful tool to facilitate change. It is used world wide.
Q. Are drugs or tablets used? Is it safe? Are there any unwanted side effects?
No, only the natural power of your own mind is used to relieve symptoms and alter unwanted behavior patterns. Hypnotherapy is non-addictive and safe with no unwanted or unpleasant side effects.
Q. Will I be in control and aware of what is happening?
Yes, all the time. You do not go ‘out’, ‘under’ or ‘to sleep’. You are not unconscious. You are in an alternative state of consciousness with a very narrow focus of attention. You can hear everything that is being said. Nothing happens without your consent. You have absolute control. However, you are extremely relaxed.
Q. Will I remember what happens during the sessions?
Yes, people remember everything they or the therapist said during the session. In rare instances the therapist might need to remind them of one or two points that were talked about in order to trigger off the rest of the memory. It is possible for the therapist to give a posthypnotic suggestion to forget what was said but this is rarely used in therapy.
Q. Is hypnosis suitable for children?
Yes, usually from about the age of six, provided they can understand what is being said, are intelligent and imaginative. Younger children can benefit from the relaxation. In 1981 self hypnosis was introduced into the national curriculum in Sweden. For children under the age of six, sleep hypnosis can be conducted with great success.
Q. Will the therapist have to touch me?
Some therapists will touch you on the wrist, shoulder, neck or forehead to test whether you are properly relaxed or to assist you into a deeper state of hypnosis. They will seek your permission first. Other than this form of contact, a therapist has no business touching you. The vast majority of therapists are ethical, and transgressions are rare.
Q. Isn’t it in some way anti-Christian or the work of the devil
According to the ‘New Catholic Encyclopedia’, the Catholic Church (the largest Christian organization in the world) feels that the ‘hypnotism is licit if used for licit purposes’. Hypnotherapy is just a tool, albeit very powerful, which can help people enlist the power of their own unconscious mind in order to solve their own problems. In many respects the effect is similar to prayer or meditation. It was also accepted by the Catholic Church as a proper procedure for it's members in 1958.
Q. How many sessions will I need?
Simple problems like stress reduction or public speaking may only require as little as one or two sessions of approximately 30-40 minutes. More deeply rooted problems may require more sessions. Many Hypnotherapist offer a free initial assessment consultation in which to meet you, assess your problem, determine your needs and the likely number of sessions and agree an affordable fee per session.
Q. Are audio CD's as effective as individual sessions?
Normally on tapes as well as in group sessions we can do a session only one specific way. So as a rule, audio CD's and group sessions have a much lower success ratio than that of live sessions since everyone is hypnotized a little different and can not be tested and individualized when not in person.
Q. Will I do anything against my will?
No, you will not do anything that you do not think is acceptable or against your nature. You cannot be ‘made’ to violate your own values or accepted patterns of behavior. You would either reject the suggestion or come out of the hypnosis. You will hear everything that is said. You are in complete control at all times.