Hypnosis FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Hypnosis

Q: Will you lose control when under hypnosis? A: No! This is a common misconception about hypnosis. Nobody can be hypnotized against their will. Hypnosis is not about control by the hypnotherapist. It is about working together so that the client can be empowered to create change in his or her life. Nobody can be forced to do anything against their will. The ‘control’ misconception appears to originate from stage hypnosis which funnily enough also involves people doing exactly what they want to be doing.
Q: Will you be asleep when hypnotized? A: No! Hypnosis is not sleep! In hypnosis, you are actually more consciously in control of your emotions, imagination, intuition, and your conscience. Hypnosis is a hyper-state of awareness. To fall asleep or become unconscious would be counter-productive, as your participation in the process is crucial. Hypnosis is an interactive process. The Hypnotherapist will gently put you in touch with your subsconscious using guided imagery. You will be completely aware of everything occurring in the surrounding environment as well as that which is happening in your inner mind.
Q: Will you be able to wake up and come out of the trance? A: Yes! If you want to come out of hypnosis you simply choose to do that. If the hypnotherapist disappeared or fell over and knocked themselves out you would simply come back to full consciousness in your own time. We go in and out of hypnosis and other altered states of consciousness (e.g. daydreaming) many times a day but we always come back out of them easily and naturally.
Q: Will you blab out secret information under hypnosis? A: No! You cannot be forced to say or do anything under hypnosis that you don’t want to. Remember that you are completely in control and empowered.
Q: Can anyone be hypnotized? A: Some people find it easier to relax than others. By the same token, some people are able to go into hypnosis more quickly and more deeply than others. Most people can go into at least a light trance and with most hypnotherapeutic goals that is enough; therefore, everyone can benefit from hypnotherapy to some extent.
Q: Does hypnosis really work? A: Yes! The power of hypnosis is documented by doctors, dentists and many other leading health professionals. Q: What is the subconscious mind? A: The conscious mind, the mind you are conscious of, is your “me”.  It is the critical part of your mind where your analysis, reasoning, logic and will power reside.  The subconscious mind is the one that directs your conduct through the habits, emotional desires and behaviors acquired from the influence of your environment (before you were old enough to reject harmful ideas and concepts.)
Q: How does the subconscious accept hypnotic suggestion? A: Hypnotic suggestions bypass the intellectual mind, called the “conscious,” and zero in on the subconscious.  When given a new suggestion that is within the bound of a person’s belief system and moral orientation, the subconscious mind accepts it literally as a new reality.
Q: Is hypnosis guaranteed? A: Again, the hypnotherapist can’t make you do something you don’t want to do. If you are really ready to quit smoking, you will. Hypnosis, however, can improve your odds of success considerably if and when you’re ready to quit. Hypnosis can also make the transition of a smoker to a non-smoker easier and faster.