Frequently asked Questions about Hypnotherapy

    Movies, television and books have created a number of myths around hypnotherapy. I’d like to share some of the most common questions about hypnosis and some advice on them.

    Can anyone be hypnotized?

    Most people can, providing they are willing to follow instructions and are ready to make the changes they want.

    Can I be made to say or do anything against my will in hypnosis?

    No, in hypnosis you are free to accept or reject any suggestions given.

    Are hypnotherapy sessions guaranteed?

    No. Success in hypnosis depends as much on you as the client as it does with the hypnotist. This means that if you have the desire to be successful, you can be. But, you are the one who is in control of your actions post sessions.

    Simply put, the higher you are self motivated the greater the chance of success.

    Will I be unaware of what is happening?

    Absolutely not! When you are in hypnosis, you will be aware of what is going on around you.  In fact, you are in a heightened sense of awareness, but in a relaxed manner.

    Can I get stuck in hypnosis?

    Getting “stuck” in hypnosis is a myth. You are in complete control in hypnosis. As a result, if you want to emerge at any time, you can.

    Hypnosis works when you focus on the hypnotist’s voice. This means that if the practitioner left the room or stopped talking to you for an extended period of time, you would emerge on your own.

    Will I be able to drive after my hypnotherapy session?

    Yes. But it’s best to wait for 15 minutes or so before driving as you will still be in a hypnotic state after emerging. 

    Is hypnosis sleep or a state of complete unconsciousness?

    As mentioned before, you are fully aware at all times of what is going on around you.

    Is hypnosis dangerous?

    Forget about what you’ve seen in movies, on television or read in fiction novels. Hypnosis is very safe.

    Can hypnotherapy replace traditional medical care?

    Anyone with a severe psychiatric issue should see a psychiatrist or psychotherapist.

    It’s important to understand that hypnosis is not a replacement for medical care.

    I’ve never been hypnotized before, have I?

    Hypnosis is something everyone experiences many times a day.

    For example:

    • You are in a state of hypnosis just as you are waking up and falling asleep.
    • If you’ve ever driven somewhere and arrived at your destination and didn’t remember most of the trip, you’ve experienced highway hypnosis.
    • Have you ever been so involved in a project or task that you didn’t hear someone speaking to you? That focussed attention is a state of hypnosis.
    • If you’ve ever cried at a sad movie, you were in a state of hypnosis. Your subconscious mind thought what you were seeing was real, even though your conscious mind knows that a movie is just actors performing.

    Have your concerns been alleviated?

    Yes? Then, I invite you to book a free strategy call to discuss what you would like to change in your life and how hypnotherapy can help you.

    No? Please book a strategy call to ask any additional questions.


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