Hypnotherapy Frequently Asked QuestionsFAQ section on hypnotherapy, hypnotherapists, and Colorado hypnotherapy practitioners.
Questions about Hypnosis Therapy, Hypnotism, and Hypnotherapist services.
Can Anyone or Everyone Be Hypnotized?
As a general rule, yes everyone can be hypnotized. Anyone who can pay attention and follow instructions can be hypnotized if they want to be. People will vary however, and the benefit of the theraputic experience has to do with the client’s desire to be hypnotized and to experience Hypnosis. They need only the ability to concentrate, the willingness to cooperate and follow instructions, and the relative absence of mistrust and fear.
Hypnosis is a very natural state which everyone’s mind goes in and out of automatically several times a day. There are some psychological conditions as well as drugs and medication which could inhibit hypnosis from being effective. Everyone is different in therapy. What takes three sessions for one person may take 5 or more for another. The comfort level the client feels with the therapist is important as well.
Can You Make Me Do Things I Don't Want To Do?
Some people ask, “Can a person be hypnotized against their will?” No, a person cannot be hypnotized if they don’t want to be. There is a surrendering to the process. You cannot be hypnotized against your will. You must be a willing participant, and the hypnotist must have your full cooperation.
You may wonder, “Would a person do or say anything in a hypnotic state that they wouldn’t otherwise?” No, people who are hypnotized will not do anything in Hypnosis that they would not do in the waking state. This applies as well to sexual acts. Hypnosis is not a master-slave relationship. When you are in hypnosis, you are aware of everything that is going on and you continue to retain your values and morals.
Hypnosis is not a truth serum. You retain full control over what you say. Subjects in Hypnosis reveal no secrets in the Hypnotic State that they would not reveal (because they want to) in the waking state.
Your conscious, critical, and subconscious mind will reject anything that isn’t aligned with what you really want. It is my job as the therapist to make sure I understand exactly what you want help with, and find the best way to suggest those changes.
How Do You Determine How Many Sessions A Person Needs To Help Them With What They Want To Change?
Unfortunately because of stage hypnosis, people have a misconception that hypnosis is a “magic pill” and can change any behavior instantly. While stage hypnosis is fun and entertaining, it is very different from hypnotherapy. The stage hypnotist is selecting the most highly suggestible people for demonstration combined with the fact that they are not changing the health or long-term behavior of their hypnosis subjects.
Many hypnotherapists sell expensive packages because they want people to commit to the process. This type of therapy is a process like any other therapy or treatment, however hypnosis is a different experience for everyone and I want my clients to decide when their therapy is complete based on how they feel. I do make recommendations based on past experience. I charge by the session.
When it comes to behavior change and habits or ways of thinking therapy might be three to six sessions or more depending on the behavior. Some examples would be, confidence building, stress and anxiety, relationship issues, nail biting, smoking, public speaking, certain fears and phobias, and negative thinking.
Trauma of any kind is a very individual process. Some people only need a few sessions to notice improvement, however it is more likely that one would need a more consistent and weekly program to experience significant relief from trauma.
In most cases it’s beneficial to have more than one session regardless of what type of issue we are working on because the first session is opening the window to changing your subconscious, subsequent sessions create the momentum to manifest the biggest change.
When people are working on body issues such as illnesses, chronic illnesses, diseases or syndromes it is my recommendation that they be open to as many as 20 sessions or more. Research has proven hypnotherapy to be a very effective treatment for these issues however the protocol is quite rigid, meaning one must be willing to spend the time, effort and finances required to obtain the full benefit of this type of therapy. For example if you suffer with IBS, or Leaky Gut, or many of the digestive immune system syndromes, a few hypnosis sessions is not likely going to help.
Treatment using hypnosis requires a serious weekly commitment similar to physical therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy. Hypnosis is generally a faster working therapy than other therapies and different in that one wouldn’t go to a counselor for a physical illness or syndrome.
I am happy to answer any questions about my recommendations on number of sessions, please call or e-mail.
What Are Your Rates for Hypnotherapy Sessions - How Much Does Hypnotherapy Cost?
Everyone has different needs when it comes to therapy.
I like to talk to the client in a free phone consultation to discuss their needs and provide information about current rates.
I charge by the session, I don’t require a person to commit to a certain number of sessions but I can give recommendations based on my experience treating specific issues.
How Can I Be Sure Hypnotherapy or Hypnotism Would Work For Me?
There are many different types of therapy and people have to find a therapy that suits them.
Often times when hypnotherapy is ineffective, it is because the client only had one session and their issue may have required more work than that, or the client may not have felt comfortable with the therapist.
Everyone is different in their suggestibility and it takes some time and effort to customize therapy to suit the individual.
Also consider that medicine doesn’t always work for people and neither does psychotherapy (talk therapy with a counselor). Doctors and counselors don’t offer guarantees because not everything works for everyone. It is the same with hypnotherapy.
Will I Notice Behavioral Changes Right Away?
Changes in behavior from hypnosis can be immediate or very subtle and happen slowly over time.
For example with smoking cessation, a person will notice immediately that it is easier to stop smoking. For some other behaviors or conditions, the changes may be more subtle and you have to pay close attention to notice that things are changing.
When I ask a client how things have been going with the behavior they are working on, they will often say things like, “Better….I’m not sure why, but things are better.” That would be an example of subtle changes and a new awareness or a new thought process taking place.
A person’s mind can only handle small incremental changes. It will change, but usually slowly. Change doesn’t always happen the way people imagine it will. Your mind knows exactly what you need, and through hypnotherapy, you can gain access to it. Please remember that results vary.
What is Hypnosis?
It is a pleasant, voluntary, state of relaxed attentive concentration, an altered state of consciousness, during which the conscious critical mind is relaxed and relatively inactive, and the doorway to the subconscious, inner mind is opened with a person’s permission. In this comfortable state, suggestibility is heightened, mental absorption is increased, the senses are heightened, and the imagination is activated in a controlled manner. The inner mind is more receptive to acceptable, beneficial suggestions.
How does Hypnosis work?
First and foremost with the subject’s permission and cooperation. By following the hypnotherapist’s instructions, you become more suggestible. When you are in this altered state of increased suggestibility, your mental “clutter” is cleared away so that you can pay attention to the therapist’s suggestions and be open to experiencing new perspectives and solutions to your problem.
In this “hypnotic trance state”, you remain aware of everything that is going on, but at the same time, you become increasingly absorbed in using your imagination.
Is deep Hypnosis necessary?
For most purposes, deep Hypnosis is not necessary. For most purposes, in a therapeutic setting, a light degree of Hypnosis is all that is necessary for experiencing the therapeutic benefits of Hypnosis.
In other words, we typically do not need to aim for Deep Trance. The therapeutic subject (the patient or client) is awake and aware of everything that is going on, but very relaxed and comfortable.
Does an unintelligent or uneducated person make a better subject than an intelligent or educated person?
Intelligence and level of education really has little to do with it. A person who resists will make a poor hypnotic subject. On the other hand, a person who cooperates will be a good subject. However, because Hypnosis helps a person gain greater control over both mind and body, it can help a person develop a stronger mind.
Hypnosis actually helps people use more of their mind’s potential. It helps people access their inner strength. The subconscious mind is protective. Hypnotized people will accept suggestions that are acceptable, and reject suggestions that are not acceptable.
Suggestions must be worded in a form and language that the subject’s subconscious can understand.
Can changes be made in one session?
Most definitely yes, however, depending on the person in treatment, repeated conditioning will likely improve the depth of relaxation, concentration and absorption of the therapist’s suggestions.
Also, strong motivation is a plus because a poor hypnosis subject with a strong desire to benefit from the therapy to get relief from a problem, can become a very good subject. Additionally, a “poor” subject can become a better subject to the extent that the Hypnotherapist instills confidence and helps the person to reduce their anxiety and fear.
What is Self-Hypnosis?
This is Hypnosis induced by a person by himself without the help of a therapist.
Some experts say that all Hypnosis is Self-Hypnosis since the hypnotherapist is in actuality not doing anything to the subject, but rather guiding the subject into the hypnotic state of consciousness with the subject’s permission. Because the subject permits it to happen, he is really hypnotizing himself with the assistance of the hypnotherapist.
How can one learn Self Hypnosis?
You can learn Self Hypnosis from a CD or a book authored by a competent Hypnosis professional.
However, your best bet is to have the experience first of being hypnotized by a qualified Hypnosis professional, and then learn from that hypnotist how to enter the hypnotic state on your own.
At that point, recordings and books can be very useful aids, guides, and sources of information and inspiration.
What are the benefits of Self-Hypnosis?
The biggest benefit of learning and practicing Self- Hypnosis is using the process to create positive self-change.
The regular use of Self- Hypnosis facilitates the continuation of healthy changes in behaviors, feelings, beliefs and attitudes.
When you practice Self- Hypnosis, you enter a state of relaxation, and when you are relaxed, you cannot be uncomfortable, anxious, stressed or in pain. Relaxation is the physical and emotional opposite of these negative feelings.