FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
1. How does Hypnotherapy work?
Hypnosis can speed up the healing/change process because you deal directly with
the subconscious mind where most of our issues reside. This allows for quick
release of blocks, fears, or beliefs that are holding you back from being where
you wish to be.
2. Will I lose control?
You can expect to feel utterly relaxed and in complete control. We simply work
together to put your conscious mind to rest, to allow the subconscious to make
the changes necessary. You will hear everything that either of us are saying or
doing, and you will never do or say anything in hypnosis that you would not do
out of hypnosis.
3. Will the hypnotherapist be able to program me in a way that is harmful to
There are some popular misconceptions about Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, mostly
because we are familiar with entertainment acts that have participants run
around the stage at the whim of a hypnotist. This is not an accurate picture of
hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is a healing practice undertaken by a certified
Hypnotherapist who acts as a professional and gentle guide as you explore areas
of your subconscious mind in a respectful, safe environment.
4. What will hypnotherapy feel like?
During hypnotherapy you will be in a deeply relaxed state. If you have
meditated before, or practiced the type of deep breathing associated with yoga
for example, you will recognize this feeling. Most people report feeling very
rested after a session.
5. I’m scared about what I might see or experience.
By choosing to undertake this kind of exploration with a professional
hypnotherapist, you have essentially hired a guide that is professionally
trained to spot trauma or difficulty. When you experience a fearful situation
in Hypnotherapy, there are specific techniques used by the hypnotherapist to
immediately distance you from what you are experiencing. It is like watching a
movie, or listening to the radio wherein you are a more objective listener,
rather than a participant in the drama.
6. How soon will I start to feel better?
Every experience is different. Generally speaking, the mind usually takes more
than one session to release significant patterns. Sometimes patterns can be
like layers on an onion, the next one appearing after the first is peeled away.
Other times we clear what we need to immediately. I generally recommend four to
six sessions for permanent results.
7. How many times do I have to go?
Before we begin with the sessions we will have a consultation together. During
this consultation we’ll determine what you want to work on and at what
intensity you would prefer to proceed. Based on my experience with other
clients, I typically recommend a consultation plus three sessions. There are
many reasons that permanent results may take more than one session. Sometimes
patterns can take time to move. Sometimes people find it difficult to surrender
to the feeling of relaxation or surrender their existing beliefs about healing or
hypnosis. Some will insist, even while under hypnosis, that it is impossible
for them to be hypnotized. The first couple of sessions are sometimes spent
understanding those feelings.
8. Can it be combined with other therapies?
I believe in an integrated approach to wellness. Hypnotherapy is a gentle and
non-invasive therapy that can be complimentary to many other therapies. I do a
profile during your consultation and ask about other therapies that you may be
undergoing. I always recommend that you let your other practitioners know that
you are working with Hypnotherapy.