FAQs about hypnotherapy and related services
HOW CAN HYPNOSIS HELP ME?
Many of us live our lives being driven by old mental patterns, fears and anxiety. Whether these stem from childhood, a trauma, a specific event, or simply a way of viewing ourselves that no longer works – they need to change! We feel powerless against these old feelings and thoughts. We know we want to change, but how?
HOW DOES THIS WORK?
The truth is, our minds are always building mental patterns. It’s simply the way our brains work. And it is a wonderful, magnificent system that gives us the mental freedom to enjoy life more creatively. When we drive a car or engage in countless daily activities without any conscious effort at all, we are naturally using our brain’s ability to create mental patterns and re-activate them automatically – what we call a habit. This is an extremely powerful system.
However, this same mechanism of the mind can create challenges for us. Unfortunately, our brains simply build patterns that are repeated. Any thought, feeling or behavior which is repeated often enough, will automatically create a habit. Your deeper mind makes no distinction as to whether a mental pattern is good or not good, healthy or unhealthy. I’m sure you know how powerful these mental patterns truly are.
CAN OLD PATTERNS REALLY BE CHANGED?
When we decide we want to change some aspect of ourselves, we attempt to use the only things we have been trained to use – willpower, effort and “self control”. These mental strategies can be effective for some of us, some of the time; but have you ever noticed that they cannot be sustained long term for most of us? With effort and will power we are only using about 10% of our brains – our conscious minds.
At the same time, these old mental patterns exist at the deeper level of mind which we call the subconscious mind. Our subconscious mind is our powerhouse, it constitutes about 90% of what our brain is doing all of the time for us. Okay, so we know we have one, but how do we get there?
IS HYPNOSIS NATURAL?
Hypnosis is a very natural, very healthy way to directly access your subconscious mind, bypassing all of that mental effort. While many people are still under the impression (given to us by movies and TV) that hypnosis is a loss of control or that a hypnotist can “make” us do something, in fact, the opposite is the truth. Hypnosis is always a choice, and always a natural state of mind. In a therapeutic environment, anyone can be hypnotized if they want to be.
Hypnosis is the state of mind that we all go in and out of all of the time; for example, have you ever been driving down the road and suddenly thought “where am I – did I miss my exit”? That is a perfect example of a form of hypnosis and is called “Highway Hypnosis” because it is so common. Or when you read a book and suddenly an hour passes, this is a similar state of mind. These different states of mind occur when our brain waves slow down and speed up naturally.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY SESSION?
During hypnosis, you will feel very relaxed and comfortable. You might feel like you’re having a daydream or even lose track of time. That just means that your brain waves are slowing down, which is a very healthy and natural state. This is when our subconscious mind becomes more open and receptive. The message you receive at that time, is absorbed effortlessly.
There is a unique language to accessing the subconscious mind effectively; and everyone is different. With the right information, given to your mind in the right rhythm, cadence, context and tempo, your mind WILL absorb the positive message over time, and new positive mental patterns will be constructed naturally.
WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
Hypnosis is a technique used
to induce a heightened awareness and ability to focus in the subconscious mind.
The hypnotic state can occur naturally in our everyday lives. For instance, if
you’ve ever found yourself so engrossed in a book that you stopped noticing
what was happening around you, then you’ve experienced a mild hypnotic state.
Your awareness and focus were turned inward, toward your book. Hypnosis induced
with the guidance of a professional can help you attain even deeper awareness
and focus toward the messages of your choosing. Of course, the goal in hypnosis
is to focus on positive messages that are goal-oriented and solution-based.
WHO CAN BE HYPNOTIZED?
Most people can be
hypnotized to varying degrees. A deeper hypnotic state may be achieved with
practice. But, great work can be accomplished even in a light hypnotic state.
Anyone with a desire and a willingness to concentrate can experience hypnosis.
WHAT AGE RANGE IS APPROPRIATE FOR HYPNOSIS?
Persons 7 years and older.
WILL I BE ASLEEP?
No. During a hypnosis
session, you will be aware of what’s happening. Actually, your senses may be
even more acute than usual.
WILL I LOSE CONTROL?
No. Your awareness is
heightened during a hypnosis session so that you stay focused on your goals.
So, hypnosis actually helps you gain control. No one has control over anyone’s
thoughts and behavior besides his or her own.
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO BE HYPNOTIZED?
Each person’s experience is
unique, but many report feeling very relaxed and comfortable. Most people
report being able to hear and recall the entire session.
COULD I GET "STUCK" IN HYPNOSIS?
No. No one is able to remain
in a hypnotic state indefinitely. You would naturally either fall asleep or
come back into your conscious waking state.
WHAT IF I HAVE MEDICAL PROBLEMS?
Hypnosis is often used to
help with the healing process and/or pain management. I am pleased to
collaborate with other healthcare professionals to best coordinate your care.
WHAT DOES HYPNOSIS HELP WITH?
- Body: Smoking Cessation & Addictions, Weight
Reduction/Gain, Sports Attainment, Disease and Pain Management,
Fertility & Birthing, Breaking Unwanted Habits, Nail Biting, Teeth Grinding, Sexual Performance, and more.
Stress and Anxiety Management, Depression & Grief, Self-esteem
& Confidence, Anger Management, Learning Abilities, Manifestation
Ability, Better Relationships, Abundance, Fears & Phobias, and more.
- Spirit: Increasing Intuition, Connecting with your
Meditation Mindfulness and more.
WHAT IS SELF-HYPNOSIS?
All hypnosis is really
self-hypnosis in that it is your mind
doing all the work. The practitioner is a catalyst or guide. Homework after a
session will involve the practice of self-hypnosis to reinforce progress toward
WHAT IS BRAINWAVE ENTRAINMENT?
A method to stimulate the brain into entering a specific state by using a
pulsing sound, light, or electromagnetic field. The pulses elicit the
brain’s frequency following response, encouraging the brainwaves to align to the frequency of a given beat.
This frequency following response of
brainwave entrainment can be seen in action with those prone to
epilepsy. If a strobe flashes at their seizure frequency, the brain will
"entrain" to the flashing light, resulting in a seizure. On the positive side, this same
mechanism is commonly used to induce many brainwave states; such as a
trance, enhanced focus, relaxation, meditation or sleep induction. The
brainwave entrainment effectively pushes the entire brain into a certain
WHAT IS EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE/MERIDIAN TAPPING?
A bilateral brain reprogramming technique that involves tapping on the
body's meridian points while inculcating helpful verbal messages.
HOW LONG DOES A HYPNOSIS SESSION LAST?
Most sessions are 60-90 minutes.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL IT TAKE?
Depending on the complexity
of the goal, between 1 and 4 sessions spaced a week apart. Some people
choose ongoing monthly sessions for continued wellness.
I'VE NEVER RECEIVED COACHING OR HYPNOTHERAPY. I'M USED TO HANDLING THINGS ON MY OWN. AREN'T PEOPLE WHO SEEK HELP WEAK?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TALKING TO YOU OR MY BEST FRIEND OR FAMILY?
A hypnotherapist and professional coach can help you approach your situation in a new way – teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, your session is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.I WANT TO GET THE MOST OUT OF HYPNOTHERAPY AND COACHING. WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.