Hypnosis gives a person more control over their own mind. A hypnotist cannot control someone else’s mind, we can, however, influence the mind in a direction that the person wishes to go.
Are there any side effects to hypnosis?
There are no side effects to hypnosis other than relaxation. You'll be able to drive safely after your session. And, you'll be able to do what you need to for the rest of the day. So, you can plan on going back to work if you need to do so. Being hypnotized is enjoyable and perfectly safe.
Can I bring someone with me to my hypnosis session?
You’re certainly welcome to bring someone with you to your hypnosis session. The most important thing is that you’re comfortable in the situation, and that you feel that you can be candid in discussing what’s going on with you.
Does hypnosis ALWAYS work?
It is possible do incredible things with hypnosis. And, like all hypnotherapists I wish I could be successful every time. However, there are no guarantees with hypnosis in the same way that there are no guarantees with medical procedures or psychotherapy.
I do my best to ensure that when I choose to work with the client that there is a high probability of success. In the video below I tell the story of a potential client who I declined to work with because I did not think our work would be successful.
What Does It Feel Like and How Will I Know That I Was Hypnotized?
The most common description of what it feels like to be hypnotized is that it’s relaxing. It’s rare that someone would have a dramatic experience in hypnosis on the first session, although it is possible.
The brainwave state of someone who’s in hypnosis is the same as that of a person who is halfway between being awake and asleep. Someone who misses a turn when driving because they’re preoccupied with other thoughts is also in a hypnotic state. It doesn’t seem like anything unusual has happened. We don’t think, “Wow, that was a deep hypnotic trance!” We’ve all experienced hypnosis thousands of times. It’s a common experience.
So you may not recognize that you are hypnotized in your first few sessions because hypnotic experiences are familiar in day-to-day life. Or, you may appreciate that the deep relaxation that you feel at the end of the session is something a little bit out of the ordinary, let’s call it hypnosis.
Once someone’s been hypnotized a few times they begin to recognize the hypnotic state. It frequently surprises people that going into hypnosis is something that is learned. And, as with any skill, it gets easier to go into hypnosis with practice.
What if I get stuck in hypnosis?
It’s impossible to get “stuck” in any mind state including hypnosis. I’ve had a few clients who wanted to stay in trance, because it feels so good. There are only three options for a hypnotized person: returning to the waking state when asked to do so by the hypnotherapist, going into normal sleep and awakening naturally, or reorienting to the normal waking state spontaneously.
What if I’m under a doctor’s care or taking medication?
If you have any questions about whether or not hypnosis will help or conflict with a medical condition, ask your doctor. Over long periods of time, hypnosis tends to increase the effectiveness of medication, which means that after a series of hypnosis sessions lesser amounts, or a lesser strength of a drug may be needed. Hypnosis can often complement traditional medical care, and many well informed doctors appreciate its value.
Will you make me bark like a dog?
I am a hypnotherapist, not an entertainer. So, I could care less about having my clients bark or cluck.
Stage shows, in which people bark like dogs, are entertainment, and the participants are going along with the silliness just for the fun of it. As a hypnotherapist, my job is to help empower my clients by helping overcome bad habits, eliminate fears, or activate their hidden potentials.