What is Hypnosis
Hypnosis is a naturally-occurring state of mind with focused attention. We have all experienced this state at various times. Have you ever driving from one place to another and wondered "How did I get here"? Have you ever been in a class or meeting, daydreaming? Your physical body was present but your mind was focused elsewhere. How about drifting off to sleep? You are experiencing a natural, yet altered state of mind.
You have the natural ability to go into hypnosis. In hypnosis you learn to use this ability to make desirable, lasting changes in your life. In hypnosis you maintain complete control. You are focused on or within yourself, changing negative thought patterns, releasing habits that are no longer beneficial in order to have a more positive, healthier, and more productive life.
- Will I be under anyone's control or lose control?
No. You, the client, are always in control. Hypnosis is not something that is done to us and the hypnotherapist is not in control of the client. Rather than being out of control the client actually has greater control over their own mind and actions. The hypnotic state continues only if you are in agreement with what is being said and done.
- Can I be made to do something against my will?
No, because you always maintain control and the subconscious is protective of you it only will permit thoughts and actions that it believes to be in your best interest. Hypnotherapy is NOT stage hypnosis, which is a form of entertainment.
- Can I get stuck or lost in hypnosis?
No. While being in hypnosis is enjoyable and very relaxing, you are always capable of coming back to a fully aware state whenever you wish.
- Can I be made to reveal secrets?
Only if you choose to. You can lie in hypnosis if you feel that revealing the truth would put you at risk.
- Hypnosis is a type of supernatural control.
Not at all. While hypnosis has been used for centuries more recently hypnotherapy has been scientifically studied and effectively used by Dr Sigmund Freud and Dr Carl Jung. Hypnosis gained popularity in the 1900's due to a successful psychiatrist, Dr Milton H Erikson's, successful use of it in his practice. Hypnosis has been recognized as a credible modality by The American Medical Association, The American Psychiatric Association, and The British Medical Association. Prestigious hospitals such as Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, The Mayo Clinic, The University of Washington's regional burn treatment center in Seattle, hospitals associated with Harvard Medical School, The University of North Carolina, and University Hospital in Albuquerque NM, just to name a few, study and utilize hypnosis.