FAQs About Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, allowing the subconscious mind to be more open and receptive to receiving positive suggestions and images. It combines deep, comfortable relaxation with heightened awareness and focused concentration. Hypnosis requires your full permission and participation. Contrary to popular belief, you are never asleep or unconscious, but rather completely aware of what is happening all the time. No one can make you do anything you don’t want to do.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy simply combines the powerful effects of hypnosis in a safe, comfortable and confidential environment, with a professionally skilled and certified therapist to help you to achieve your goals.
Why choose Hypnotherapy?
Because it works! By directly accessing the subconscious mind, hypnotherapy provides the quickest, most effective way to creating lasting, positive changes. Hypnotherapy is considered to be short-term therapy when compared to traditional talk therapy. It is safe, gentle, and extremely relaxing.
How Well Does Hypnotherapy “Work?”
A comparison study from American Health Magazine showed these results:
- Psychoanalysis- 38% recovery after 600 sessions
- Behavior Therapy- 72% recovery after 22 sessions
- Hypnotherapy- 93% recovery after 6 sessions
Hypnotherapy has been recognized by the American Medical Association as a viable treatment since 1958. In 1996 a National Institute of Health Panel ruled hypnosis as an effective intervention for alleviating pain from cancer and other chronic conditions.
Will I Be Able to Be Hypnotized?
Anyone who wants to be hypnotized can go into the trance state. Learning self-hypnosis, like any skill, takes a little practice.
Does Everyone Respond to Hypnotherapy?
According to the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis, it is estimated that 85% of people will respond at some level to hypnotherapy. Some individuals are more likely to respond than others and having confidence in the technique helps. Believing positive outcomes is important. If one is motivated to change, success is more likely than if one relies completely on the hypnotherapist and doubts whether they have the ability to access their subconscious for productive changes.
It is not possible to hypnotize an individual against their will. One rejects any suggestion that is not in their inherent best interest. Hypnotherapy is natural and safe, with no harmful side effects.
Do I Need to Believe In It for It to Work?
Although it helps to believe in the power of your own subconscious mind to make positive changes in your life or in your health, it is not absolutely necessary to believe in hypnotherapy for it to succeed. It’s best to be open to the possibility, however. It is suggested that you suspend any disbelief you might have to allow your subconscious to do its best work.