Common Questions about Hypnotherapy
What does hypnosis feel like?
Hypnosis is an extremely pleasant and deeply relaxing experience. People report feeling a comfortable heaviness or the sensation of floating, a slight twitching or tingling in the limbs, and slowed breathing pattern. Hypnosis often produces a feeling of peacefulness and well-being.
Is it safe?
Hypnosis is perfectly safe and natural. Contrary to popular belief, you are not "asleep" or "unconscious" during hypnosis, but instead you are aware of what is being said and what is going on around you the entire time. You are in complete control throughout the session and can wake up whenever you wish to.
Can I be made to do something against my will?
Hypnosis makes people more inclined to do the things they want to do, not the things that go against their own belief systems. I cannot force you to do, say, think, or believe anything that you do not agree with or want. Your subconscious will simply reject the suggestion if it is not in line with your core values or desires.
Will I remember the session?
Your subconscious mind remembers everything! There will be times that your conscious mind wanders during hypnosis, but just like everyday trance states (e.g., reading a book, daydreaming), your subconscious is always paying attention. You will also receive a free recording of the individual sessions for ongoing reinforcement if desired.
Can everyone be hypnotised?
Hypnosis happens naturally to everyone at different points throughout the day, and therefore everyone can be hypnotized to some degree. Some people may go more quickly into trance than others, but there are many different safe and effective techniques to achieve hypnosis.
Is hypnotherapy effective with children?
Absolutely! Children usually make great hypnosis subjects because their imagination is so vivid and they are quite receptive to positive input. Sessions for children are usually shorter than for adults given that their attention span is also quite a bit shorter. Common problems that hypnotherapy has helped children with are bed-wetting, fear of the dark and of being alone, stuttering, coping with divorce and loss, and disruptive behaviors.
Does it actually work?
Yes! Hypnotherapy is highly effective, and for many people, they only need one to two sessions to resolve their problems. The effectiveness of hypnotherapy also depends on your motivation to change and your willingness to accept suggestions for change.