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Frequently asked questions

What is hypnosis?


The honest answer is that experts can't agree and the more research is done the more simple (and mysterious) the definition becomes. In my experience it involves at least two things: focus of awareness and the response to suggestion. But here's what others say: "Hypnosis can simply be defined as a state of heightened receptivity in which you’re able to refocus your mind and body for success. It’s an integrative process of rebuilding habits and behaviors, as well as emotions, beliefs, and feelings. Have you ever found yourself completely immersed in an activity to the exclusion of everything else? That is a natural trance state. Common examples of this are while watching a movie and becoming transfixed in the plot. Or in working intently and finding that the last four hours have flown by without your conscious awareness. Perhaps you have been reading a book and been so transfixed that you did not hear someone come in and speak with you. Perhaps they surprised you or “woke” you from the state of mind and had to repeat their salutation to you. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state you’ve already experienced thousands of times. It is not manipulation, mind control, or magic. It simply is a tool that will allow you to tap into the power of your mind and take control of your life."




Can anyone be hypnotized?



Yes! Anyone who is willing to be hypnotized can experience the state. When working with an experienced professional, the techniques and program will be customized for you. My clients report they easily achieve the state and can use it for their continued success long after the sessions are over.




What does hypnosis feel like?


By definition, hypnosis is NOT a state of relaxation, but as many issues are related to stress or anxiety, we often create a profoundly relaxed state to assist in making the changes. Most people report feeling very relaxed or pleasantly lethargic. Many clients are surprised at how “normal” the experience feels, as many have been conditioned by movies or television to think there is a “magic feeling” that suddenly washes over you. Your mind will be alert and perceptive of the suggestions it is receiving. Your focus will be directly on your experience or the words of the suggestions you are receiving.




How long does it take for hypnosis to "work"?


Rapid change is possible with hypnosis. Most of my clients are scheduled for a brief series of sessions, as my goal is to provide you with the most effective hypnotic process in the most efficient use of your time. This model allows for an effective series of sessions with continued reinforcement, self-hypnosis training, and proper customization for your unique set of needs. Most people begin to experience benefits from the very first session, though hypnosis is a process.




Will I lose control?


No. Hypnosis is a state of mind that requires consent. You will be aware of what I am saying during the session and cannot be made to do against your own morals. You cannot be made to tell secrets while experiencing hypnosis. A common misconception of hypnosis involves a potential client thinking that they may be “too strong-willed” to be hypnotized. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. The stronger your ability to focus and concentrate, the faster and easier you will go into hypnosis.




Do I fall asleep?



No. Hypnosis is actually a heightened state of awareness.
The hypnotized subject is cognizant of their surroundings. You will hear cars outside or even voices from the room next door – confirming you are alert and in control the entire time. I also employ a number of techniques utilizing post-hypnotic suggestions, and you will remember everything that happened during your session.




What can hypnosis be used to treat?


Again, as more research is done the list of conditions and issues for which hypnosis is useful or efficacious grows. Hypnosis can be used by anyone to help achieve goals and change behaviour. It can also be used to treat a wide range of issues including: Anxiety Fears and phobias Substance abuse Sexual dysfunction Weight Management Insomnia Smoking and Bad habits. It can be used to help: Improve sleep Learning disorders Communication Relationship issues. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Symptoms. Chronic Pain Depression