What is Hypnosis?
It’s not like what you see in the movies. Hypnosis is a completely natural state that most people fall into almost every day. For example, when you drive a regular journey you may sometimes arrive at your destination largely unaware of your trip. That is because your conscious mind has been thinking about other things and in the meantime, you have driven flawlessly. Your subconscious knows everything, including your journey and how to navigate you safely to your destination. Hypnosis is an altered state of awareness where you are awake and aware.
Hypnosis is a natural state of selective, focused attention, and, even though it is 100% natural and normal, it remains one of the most fascinating phenomena of the human mind. Our ability to enter this unique state of consciousness opens the door to countless possibilities for healing, self-exploration and change. Hypnosis, called by different names in different cultures and times, has been recognised for thousands of years and used for many purposes.
When you enter into the absorbed state of hypnosis, you can use your thoughts, talents and experiences in ways not usually available to you. With my guidance, you can develop innate, individual abilities that enable making desired changes in thoughts, feelings and behaviours possible. For reasons that are as yet not clear, the focused state of hypnosis allows changes to intentionally be made “automatically”, changes that we could not ordinarily consciously make. I use hypnosis in the treatment of pain, depression, anxiety, stress, habit disorders, and many other psychological and medical problems.
Can Anyone be Hypnotised?
Some people find it easier to relax than others. By the same token, some people are able to go into trance more quickly and more deeply than others. About 85% of people can go into at least a light trance. For most therapeutic goals, light trance is enough to enable almost everyone to benefit from hypnotherapy to some extent.
What’s the Difference Between Clinical Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis?
My diploma is in Clinical Hypnotherapy, which is hypnosis with all the trimmings. I am experienced in working across a vast range of areas including smoking cessation, weight loss and stress relief, as well as more complex topics such as trance work, hypnotic pain management, mind-body issues, and more. Scroll to the bottom of this page for a full list.
I Don’t Think I was Hypnotised – I Heard Every Word you Said!
Some people don’t believe that they were hypnotised at all. This likely comes from misconceptions about just what a ‘trance’ really is. There are differences between the brain waves of people who are asleep and those who are in trance. In practice, you will find that you can talk with the hypnotist, ask and answer questions, hear everything that is said very clearly, and are perfectly well aware.
Will I Lose Control of Myself?
No, there is no loss of control. Hypnosis allows you to be more focused and less distractible and more skilful in using your own mental abilities constructively. Hypnosis is a way of giving yourself what you want and to stop working at cross-purposes with yourself, the end result of the session is you have more control of yourself than ever before.
Can I Get Stuck or Trapped in the Hypnotic State?
No. At any time a client can re-alert or choose to ignore suggestions. No one stays hypnotised indefinitely – you will always come out of trance within a short time.
Will Hypnosis Make me Remember Things Accurately?
No. Hypnosis can improve our recall of events that we believe happened to us. But hypnosis is not a way to find out the truth (whatever that may be) about events that are in dispute. That is, under hypnosis you may re-experience events, but there is no guarantee that you are remembering them correctly. Hypnosis only assists the subject in recalling perceptions, not truths.
How do you Make These Changes in Me?
Actually, you make all the changes. In the final analysis, people heal themselves. I just lead you into a state and walk you through processes to help you help yourself.
Areas I can help you with include:
Fact:No one can control your mind, unless you let them. Your Hypnotherapist will give you suggestions that you want to be given, based on the Pre-Hypnotic Interview. At no point during your session will you lose control of your mind. If you hear a suggestion that you don't agree with, or don't understand, your subconscious mind will automatically reject it.
Fact: This assumption is based on Stage Hypnotism and Hollywood fiction. The truth is, these people volunteer to act on stage, and thy allow themselves to participate in silly suggestions. Hypnotherapy is a serious process of self-improvement, not entertainment.
Fact: Hypnosis is a natural state that has been studied scientifically. Hypnotherapy is based on many years of clinical research by famous Psychologists such as Dr. Sigmund Freud and Dr. Carl Jung, and more recently, by Dr. Milton Erikson and Dr. John Kappas.
Fact: Hypnosis is very safe and is in fact, a state of hyper-awareness. Any time there is an emergency, a person would naturally be able to come out of the Hypnotic state by opening their eyes, and stretching or speaking.
Fact: Every person naturally enters a state of hypnosis at least twice everyday: just before falling asleep at night, and upon awaking every morning, before getting out of bed. Most people easily enter 'Environmental Hypnosis' while at the movies, watching TV, driving on the highway, or while reading a good book.
Fact: While Hypnosis is a relatively quick method of making permanent improvements, there is no such thing as a one-time "Hypno-Miracle"! Every individual makes progress at his or her own rate.
Fact: Hypnotherapy sessions are kept private and cannot be used for court testimony. It is not an alternative to lie detector tests. Hypnosis cannot force anyone to "tell the truth" or to confess.
Fact: Hypnosis is not an unconscious state of sleep. In fact, most people report having a heightened sense of awareness, concentration and focus, and can even hear more acutely during a session.
Fact: Self-Hypnosis can be detrimental when not taught by a trained professional, as a negative attitude or belief about oneself will be reinforced regardless of suggestions given. This can cause more stress and problems in the long run. Hypnotherapy directly accesses the subconscious mind, while Self-Hypnosis cannot.
Fact: This is an archaic belief that has, in recent times, been proven untrue. It was thought, long ago, that only 50% of the population could be hypnotised. Over the last 30 years, Dr. John Kappas developed methods to induce hypnosis in 100% of the population. During your first session, we utilize Dr. Kappas' methods, and will be able to determine what type of suggestibility you have, and hence, how to Hypnotise you. Because it is your decision to use Hypnosis for self-improvement, your mind has already accepted the idea of Hypnotherapy.
Fact: Being hypnotised relies upon a relaxed state of mind not a strong or weak mind. A relaxed state of mind is about strength of mind not weakness. Allowing a hypnotic process to work with the subconscious takes more strength than weakness, just as re-programing old habits and negative thoughts relies upon a strong mind.
Fact: Back to the Stage Hypnotherapists, and we find someone who may use this type of prop, possibly hypnotherapists of days of old as well. These days Hypnotherapists stray from this type of performance (for performance is just what it is.) However, in saying that, in times past when this type of method was used it was used by some as a focus point. These days a trained therapist will use music, sounds of nature or a script to bring you into a state of relaxation.