Hypnotherapy - FAQs

1.    What is self-hypnosis? Self-hypnosis is a natural state of inner focus and attention. A feeling of deep relaxation can also occur. Most people don’t realize that they slip in and out of hypnotic trance every day. Daydreaming is an example of trance and another is losing track of time while intensely focused on a project. In trance, typical uses of the critical rational conscious mind fade into the background as creative imagination (subconscious mind) comes forward.

2.    What is the difference between self-hypnosis and hypnosis? All hypnotic trance is a consent state. Your “self” has to allow it. In that sense, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. But some people think that self-hypnosis is a state that a person achieves working on his/her own. And hypnosis is a state that is achieved with the help of a professional hypnotherapist. The result of either is a hypnotic trance.

3.    How do I decide if a hypnosis CD will help me or if I need to see a hypnotherapist? The difference between these 2 methods of going into trance is commonly the depth of trance and the level of work that is done. For instance, if you wanted to lose 10 pounds, listening to a good hypnosis CD would likely help you. However, if you wanted to lose 100 pounds, you’d have more success seeing a hypnotherapist for help. Why? Losing 100 pounds is a “bigger” problem (sorry about the pun) and harder to resolve without outside help.

4.    Does being in a trance feel weird? No. Being in a hypnotic trance is a common everyday experience. Daydreaming is a trance state. Another example is being so engrossed in a book that you “forget” where you.

5.    Will I give up control when I go into trance? You are in control when in trance. You always have a choice to do something or not.

6.    Can I be made to do things against my will or my moral beliefs? No, that only happens in the movies. You are in control. You always have a choice to do what is right for you.

7.    Can I get stuck in hypnosis? No. Anytime you want to emerge from trance you can. You simply think about it which involves your conscious mind. This makes your subconscious mind fade into the background. And then you’ve emerged from trance.

8.    Can I be hypnotized? If you can use your imagination and you want to be hypnotized, you can be.

9.    Will I be asleep when I’m in a trance? No. Will I hear what is going on around me? Yes.  Hypnosis is not sleep. When in a trance state, the body is very relaxed, but the mind is exceptionally alert. You can hear everything that is going on around you.

10. Can I rely on hypnosis to help me for all my health needs? No. Hypnosis is not a replacement for medical treatment. It is a complementary method of help. You should always consult with your doctor about any medical issue.

Some uses for self-hypnosis

  • smoking cessation
  • maintaining healthy weight
  • reducing fears and phobias
  • panic attack relief
  • improving memory
  • improving sport abilities
  • reducing stress
  • managing pain
  • enhancing self confidence
  • reducing performance anxiety