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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Can anyone be hypnotized?
    Anyone can be hypnotized as long as you: Have an IQ of over 70. Are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Have the desire for hypnosis to work – then it will!
  • How long will the effects of hypnosis last?
    Most changes are permanent. Some people are able to have one or two sessions and be changed forever. Other people need the reinforcement of “booster” every now and then. Sometimes excessive stress may cause some people to revert back to old habits, but that is rare. As part of my services, I will provide you with tools to take home and practice on your own, to reinforce the work we do together. Not needing to return after we complete the prescribed number of sessions for the issue(s) you identify is the best result we can have!
  • How many sessions will I have to have to resolve a particular issue?
    Most people only need on average 1 to 3 sessions for a specific issue – occasionally more for very complex problems – but, of course, your individual results will be based on your level of desire for your outcome and the nature of your presenting issue. I’ll be able to provide a more specific answer to this question after your initial consultation. Compared with traditional therapies, hypnosis is extremely focused and brief. The techniques and methods I use are for very specific areas which you, the client, have targeted for improvement.
  • Will I remain aware during hypnosis?
    Yes! This is the most common misconception about hypnosis. As one goes deeper into hypnosis, a part of you will enter a deeper level of consciousness and part of you will remain aware. This process is called “dissociation.” Another quality of hypnosis is the ability to become absorbed, which takes you to a deeper level of awareness. On occasion, particularly if you are quite tired, you may drift in and out of a light sleep but your inner, subconscious mind continues to hear the message.
  • Is hypnosis dangerous?
    WebMD says: "Hypnosis is not a dangerous procedure. It is not mind control or brainwashing. A therapist cannot make a person do something embarrassing or that the person doesn’t want to do.” Andre M. Weitzenhoffer, Ph.D. - a highly regarded authority in the field of mind science, writes: “As far as it is known today, hypnosis per se is no more dangerous than natural sleep. There is no evidence that hypnosis in itself weakens the will, damages the nervous system or in any way adversely affects the physical or mental well being of individuals.” Dr. David Cheek, M.D. - a noted authority writes: "We can do more harm with ignorance of hypnotism than we could ever do by using hypnosis constructively."
  • Will I do things while under hypnosis that I would not normally do?
    No! One common misconception is that a hypnotized person loses their will and is partially or completely under the command of the hypnotist. You are in control of yourself, and cannot be made to do anything that is against your will/moral belief.
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