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About Hypnosis 


Here are some common questions that some people have about hypnosis and hypnotherapy: 


Am I hypnotizable?
The answer is "Yes".   Everyone is hypnotizable, and most people go into a trance multiple times a day.  The only difference with hypnosis is that we are leading you into that sate purposefully, and utilizing it to help you achieve your goals.  Most of the time, when someone believes they cannot be hypnotized, that belief comes from a lack of knowledge of what hypnosis is, or a fear of loss of control.  Some people go into a trance more easily than others, and some can do it more quickly than others.  Some people have a 'gift' for hypnosis, and some need a little more time to learn the skill. 

Will I lose control in hypnosis?
No. In fact, hypnosis is a state of heightened awareness and self-control. The hypnotist does not take control over you. Think of the hypnotist as a guide that helps you relax and find your subconscious mind. Then the hypnotherapist helps you connect with your subconscious mind, which puts YOU in control of your subconscious mind—the most powerful and empowering aspect of your brain. Hypnosis restores your freedom of choice, which you haven't had in many years! 

What if I get stuck in hypnosis?
Everyone goes in and out of hypnosis every day. It is a naturally occurring state  and if your hypnotherapist left in the middle of a session you would wake up or simply drift to sleep and wake up when you felt rested.​

Will hypnosis work for my particular problem?
Although it would be impossible for anyone to make a comprehensive list of what hypnosis is good for, we've made a list of some of the most common problems that have successfully been addressed with hypnotherapy. If you don't find your situation addressed below please feel free to call or e-mail us.

So, what is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy used to reprogram the subconscious mind. When under hypnosis, you put your mind and body into a heightened state of learning, making you more susceptible to suggestions for self-improvement or behavior modification. The goal is to put the subconscious and conscious mind in harmony, which in turn helps give you greater control over your behavior and emotions.


What isn’t hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is not like what you see in stage shows, where you’ll often see people barking like a dog or clucking like a chicken. There are no swinging pocket watches. In a hypnotherapy session, you are in control the whole time. You will hear the suggestions made to you, and you will be able to remember them after the session.




Does hypnosis really work? 
Yes, Hypnosis really works. Hypnosis may not solve every problem completely, and it is not a 'magic pill', but it will be of value in every situation. If you'd like more information about how hypnosis may help you in your particular situation give us a call at 727-423-3675.  There are many scientifically designed studies that show the effectiveness of Hypnosis. Hypnosis helps you gain control of responses that are normally controlled by unconscious mechanisms. It is used by people from all walks of life to effectively change or improve many aspects of their lives.


What is hypnosis? 

Hypnosis is a natural state of the mind that is between the aware state and sleep. At night when we fall asleep we all pass through a point when entering sleep called the Hypnoidal Point a state of awareness, when one is half awake and half asleep, relaxed and comfortable. , Driving a route you are familiar with and not being conscious of every turn you make is similar to the hypnotic state. Hypnosis allows you to access your subconscious mind, which makes up 90% of your brain which stores all memory. With hypnosis, you reprogram and release thought patterns and habits to make desirable, lasting changes in your life.  We often experience this trance like state in our everyday lives, for example; becoming totally involved reading an absorbing book, watching a movie or a television program, daydreaming, driving along a familiar route and realizing you do not remember part of the journey, 

Will I lose consciousness or fall asleep? 
No. One of the major misconceptions is that the hypnotized person will lose conscious awareness. In hypnosis, the client is alert and aware of everything at all times, and hears everything the hypnotist says. While consciousness is entirely suspended in sleep, it is definitely present in hypnosis - a great difference.

Can I be made to do something against my will?
No. Since the ability to be hypnotized is a subjective experience, nothing could be further from the truth. Although the hypnotist guides and develops the hypnotic state, the ability to be hypnotized rests within the client, and the client is always in control.

Is Hypnosis medically approved? 
Yes it is. The American Medical Association (AMA) as well as the American Psychiatric Association (APA) have approved Hypnotherapy for use by professionally responsible and trained hypnotists since 1958. Hypnosis is a safe and effective way of treating the root causes of stress, depression, overeating, smoking, anxiety, fears, insomnia and much more.  

How does hypnosis work?
Hypnosis allows people to explore thoughts or feelings that may have hidden from their conscious minds. The relaxed hypnotic state allows a person to be more open to discussion and suggestion. Hypnosis is designed to enhance motivation, increase feelings of self-control, improve self-esteem, encourage self-compassion, and explore ambivalence about change. Hypnosis is also suspected to increase oxytocin (a hormone that makes you feel good and calm). Evidence shows that increased amounts of oxytocin may decrease blood pressure and lower the effects of stress. This raises levels of a substance called CCK, which, among other things, helps to control appetite.

What does Hypnosis feel like?
Everyone has experienced hypnosis at one time or another. You probably remember a time driving on the highway and just lost track of time. We call this highway hypnosis. So when you are in a hypnosis experience, you are extremely comfortable and relaxed but fully aware of what is going on. And in this relaxed state, you are open to suggestions about modifications of your habits or behaviors. Hypnosis is perfectly safe. No one can get you to do anything against your will in hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is a pleasant and enjoyable way to tap into and unlock the potential of your sub-conscious mind. 


Does Hypnosis Work?
American Health Magazine reported the following findings from a recent study. This study clearly points out—Hypnosis is more effective and works more quickly than traditional talk-therapy or psychoanalysis.

• Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions
• Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions
• Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions

What is hypnotic regression?
Regression therapy is client-centered with its focus on the discovery of the origin of a person’s issues. Through the process of hypnosis/regression the unconscious mind goes to the original cause, which then gives the person and practitioner the opportunity to process the original feelings surrounding the original experience/cause. These surrounding feelings can be healed, thus empowering the person to live the life they want to live. 

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