Frequently Asked Questions About Hypnosis

Hypnosis is a naturally occurring altered state of consciousness in which the critical faculty is bypassed (mind in the conscious mode) and acceptable selective thinking established. This simply means that the reasoning, evaluating, judging part of your mind (conscious) is bypassed. When this happens, you are in a more relaxed suggestible state and open to post-hypnotic suggestions.

It feels great! Hypnosis is a natural state that feels similar to that feeling you get right before you fall asleep at night. When you awaken, you feel refreshed and revitalized.   People just feel as if they are relaxing in a very comfortable space with their eyes closed.

You hear everything–my voice, the sounds outside the building, a car going down the street outside, whatever.  Think about it – the unconscious mind uses the same set of ears that your conscious mind hears with!

How effective would it be if, once you entered the trance state, you suddenly lost all ability to hear the hypnotist’s words?  IT WOULDN’T Work!  

You’re aware the entire time.  People in hypnosis are aware of everything going on around them as well as what their unconscious is revealing to them.  It is like watching TV in one room while a radio plays in another; you can shift your awareness back and forth between the two, concentrating on one but still aware of the other.

Everything we learn has to be accepted by our subconscious mind.  Have you ever tried to change a habit, only to find your subconscious resisting? Hypnosis empowers people to get the subconscious to accept their conscious decisions, especially when helped  by someone who is a trained hypnotist.

Hypnosis can be helpful in overcoming undesired habits (such as quitting smoking or reducing), managing stress, enhancing job performance, improving at sports, increasing self-motivation and self-confidence, reducing anxieties (such as fear of flying), and with appropriate medical referral and/or supervision, hypnosis can often be helpful in reducing pain and/or in helping cancer patients or patients of other major diseases.

The answer is generally YES! If you have the capacity to learn then you have the capacity to be hypnotized. 

Hypnosis is not mind control. It is a state of focus and concentration where the subconscious mind is engaged.

Traditional talk therapists tend to work with their patients at the conscious level. They spend much of their time simply trying to get past mental blockages to understand the subconscious reasons for their patients’ issues. The problem with this approach is the traditional therapist is working in the wrong part of the mind. One must work at the same level as where the issue is. 

It is the subconscious mind that controls behaviors. And the subconscious mind is not the “rational” mind. It is the “feeling” mind. To create lasting change you must change the emotional relationship between the behavior and the belief. 

The “problem” is rarely the problem. The behavior is simply a symptom of the underlying issue that the client is frequently blind to.

You Can’t get stuck in hypnosis because you are the one in control.  A person can choose to leave hypnosis at any time. If the hypnotist were to leave the room and fail to return, you would eventually fall asleep for a brief nap and after 5 or 10 minutes, you will wake up naturally. If an emergency were to occur (such as a fire in the building), you would recognize the seriousness of the situation and become fully alert.

The Mayo Clinic says this about the safety of hypnosis:

“Hypnosis conducted by a trained therapist or health care professional is considered a safe, complementary and alternative medical treatment. However, hypnosis may not be appropriate in people with severe mental illness.”

Marc is a trained and certified in clinical, medical and stage hypnosis and specializes in working with trauma, sexual trauma and abuse, PTSD, addiction and pain management. He also works with clients suffering with debilitating fears and phobias.

This is a common question, especially if you have been working with a traditional therapist. And while each client is different, hypnosis is usually a short term process requiring a few sessions to resolve the issue.

It’s not unusual for things to be resolved in only one or two visits.

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