Frequently asked questions about hypnosis
Will I lose control in hypnosis and just do anything that the hypnotist says?
No, you still have a choice and its important that you understand this. During a hypnosis session with me you play an active roll in the process. Hypnosis is not something I do to you, or for you. Hypnosis is a powerful resource that we use together to achieve your goal.
Just because your imagination is much more active during hypnosis, doesn’t mean that you will lose all control and just do anything that I say. You can reject suggestions and in any case before we do any hypnotic work we will discuss what your goal is and how best to achieve it so that the suggestions can be precisely tailored to have the maximum effect. This is a very important part of the process.
It’s quite ironic that people think that you are going to lose control in hypnosis because the opposite is actually true. In hypnosis you experience a heightened sense of awareness and because of this you can gain more control over your own thinking processes such as your perceptions, beliefs, attitudes, behaviours, habits etc.
People often come for hypnotherapy because they have already lost control in certain situations. Maybe they want to stop smoking, maybe they want to be able to let go of stress in exchange for more relaxation, maybe they want to stop having reoccurring negative thoughts or change negative emotional behaviours for more positiever and beneficial ones but just cant do it. Hypnotic techniques can help you get the control back again when you’ve already lost it.
What happens if I get a suggestion in trance that I don’t agree with?
Two things can happen: You ignore the suggestion and you remain in trance, or you ignore the suggestion and you come immediately out of trance. In both instances you reject the suggestion just as easily as when you’re not in trance. You are open for suggestions that you agree with. Open for suggestions doesn’t mean that you will obey the suggestions, but for example, that it can be easier to imagine and feel things. You can decide which suggestions you want to accept.
In any case I have formulated every positive suggestion from the information you have given me and we have already agreed what your goal is so that these suggestions are precisely the same as what you want to achieve.
This way we are only working with your own positive suggestions formulated in a clear and concise way.
Is it possible to get stuck in the trance?
No, its not possible. You can’t get stuck in a daydream and that’s why you can’t get stuck in the trance. You can always decide yourself when you come out of a trance. For example when you’re watching a really good film, you can stop watching at any time if you choose to. This is the same as being in trance.
Trance happens when our attention is totally focused on something and we become fully absorbed in the experience. When this happens our sense of everything else outside the trance disappears into the background. The more absorbed we become, the “deeper” the trance. We experience this naturally on a daily basis when we are fully engaged in an activity such as reading a book, watching a film of having a conversation. Hypnotherapy utilises this natural and valuable trance ability for therapeutic purposes.
Do I have to be unconscious to be in trance?
No, you’re still conscious and you can still hear things around you. Often people are so relaxed in trance that it maybe looks like they are unconscious, while actually they can be more aware of what’s going on around them because their ability to concentrate is increased. You don’t even have to close your eyes to be in a trance. You can be in a trance while you’re standing, sitting or lying down with your eyes open or closed.
Do I have to have a weak mind to go into hypnosis?
No, you don’t have to have a weak mind to be hypnotised. Because hypnosis happens naturally any one can be hypnotised if they are open to the experience. This means you have to want it to happen and then do it yourself and it helps if you use your intelligence, concentration and feelings as well as your imagination . During this process you still have a free choice as to what happens or not. The hypnotist is just your guide through this process.
Will I tell my secrets in hypnosis?
No, your secrets are safe. In hypnosis you will only tell what you want to tell and nothing more. People can even lie in hypnosis if they want to.
I’ve seen people do silly things in stage hypnosis shows. Do these people have to do everything the hypnotist suggests while in hypnosis?
No, they can reject suggestions if they want to and sometimes they do because they still have a choice.
You must understand the context in which this happens. These people are volunteers in a hypnosis comedy show. They are told in the beginning that if they want to volunteer, they will be expected to do silly things to make the audience laugh. If they are not prepared to do silly things then there’s no point in volunteering.
In hypnosis the ability to be more creative is more active and this helps these people use their imagination better and concentrate a lot easier to act out the suggestions they agree with. It doesn’t mean that they will just do anything suggested.
It is also the case that the hypnotist looks for people who are extrovert and compliant and chooses the best candidates out of all the people who volunteer. When the hypnotist gives the same suggestion to ten extrovert people, as long as the suggestion is responsible and fits into their morals and principles, they will all try to be more crazy and do what is suggested better than the rest.
If for example the hypnotist suggested “Take out your lighter and set yourself on fire,” they wouldn’t do it because that’s a stupid and dangerous suggestion and certainly wouldn’t be acceptable in the context of a comedy show or anywhere else!
Its a chance for them to be the star of the show and to use their imagination, intelligence and humour to be amusing and make people laugh even if they don’t always succeed.
I’m sceptical about hypnosis, will that make any difference to the end result?
It’s OK if someone is sceptical, and that’s also sensible because you shouldn’t just believe everything you are told.
You can still be sceptical and use hypnosis to achieve your goal as long as you are open for something new and you give hypnosis a fair chance. This way you can really help yourself. The more you stimulate the process positively with an open mind, the right attitude and a real belief that it’s going to work, the more chance you have of success.
It’s pretty much the same with everything we do in life. When you have a negative attitude and belief then you concentrate a lot more on the negative and you make it difficult for yourself.
When you have a positive attitude and belief then you concentrate more on the positive and that way you make it easier for yourself to create and achieve positive results. If you’re going to use hypnosis anyway, then you can best help yourself by expecting it to work. This way you can always judge fairly and objectively afterwards how much its helped you.
Is my information confidential?
Yes of course absolutely. I am a certified member of the International Hypnosis Association and adhere to the Code of Ethics and conduct for hypnotherapists. http://hypnosiscredentials.com/code-of-ethics/
Do you give a guarantee?
Yes, I guarantee that I will do my very best to help you achieve your goal and that’s why I will only work with people who are really serious about making the change.
For example if you are being forced to make specific changes by your family, girlfriend, boyfriend or anyone else but are not yet ready to make the changes yourself then I cant help you with that particular situation. I can help you to discover why you are allowing other people to force you to do something against your will and work on those things.
If I don’t think I can help you then I will let you know straight away and why that is. To find out if we can work together feel free to make use of my 1 hour free consultation. At your request it is also possible to do the sessions at home and you can also have somebody with you if you want. Schedule a free consultation?
How many sessions will it take?
I cant say for sure before hand. It depends on what you would like to achieve and your present situation. On average about 3 to 5, it can be more or less. After a free consultation I can give you an estimate for your particular situation.
You can also pay in advance to get a nice discount and if you don’t use all the sessions you can get the money back for the sessions you did not do. You will then pay for the sessions you did do at that discounted price. More info? Click here: Price and Contact
Is hypnosis a magical power?
No, hypnosis is not a magical power. The real magical powers are inside us as people and the full power of the human mind has yet to be discovered. Hypnosis can help you discover your inner powers and use them for your benefit.
Our reality is created out of our thoughts and feelings. Just realise for a moment that all material things began as thoughts or feelings. The thought created a feeling (or the other way round), the feeling motivated an action and the action caused a reaction and this process kept going until it became real.
Our imagination and our feelings are so powerful, they are what create our subjective reality.
When used in the right way hypnosis utilises the imagination, feelings and other inner powers to help us make (big) powerful changes in ourselves for the better.
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