Hypnotherapy is the process of using hypnosis to interact with the subconscious mind in an open-reflective process to create positive change in your life. Through hypnosis, your behavior can be modified to benefit you by replacing the old beliefs or behaviors that you no longer need or want with the new ones you desire. By harnessing the power of your own subconscious mind, Hypnotherapy is often quick and effective in resolving personal issues and improving focus and performance. You can effectively replace limiting behaviors with attitudes and actions that promote growth and success.
Hypnosis is simply a state of relaxed focus. It is a natural state. In fact, each of us enters such a state - sometimes called a trance state - at least twice a day: once when we are falling asleep, and once when we are waking up. That kind of fuzzy, timeless state between dreaming and awake is a trance state. When a nine-minute snooze-button seems to give you enough time to have an-hour long dream, that's a trance state.
There are many other times that people enter a natural state of trance. Driving, watching TV, listening to music, working on a favorite hobby or activity in the "flow" state. These are all "altered states of consciousness," and all are various levels of trance. Trance is normal, natural and common.
Some people leave their first hypnotherapy session saying, "I wasn't hypnotized - I knew what was going on the whole time!" Well of course you did! Hypnosis is not a state of amnesia or of no awareness. Just the opposite true, in fact: hypnosis is a state of very heightened awareness and focus.
Yes! It is a natural state that everyone enters throughout the day so everyone has the ability to be hypnotized.
You are always in control and you will be very present during the session. In Hypnosis it is normal for your senses to be heightened so it is possible to be even more aware of your surroundings while you are in state.
Hypnosis is not dangerous. It is IMPOSSIBLE to get “stuck” in a state of hypnosis. Since we must enter a hypnotic state to fall asleep, it is possible to fall asleep during a session. The hypnotherapist will ensure that you are at the perfect depth to facilitate change and since sleep isn’t one of those states you will just be redirected back into the right state for the change that you are seeking. You will always come back to full waking state after every session or whenever you want to, should you choose to come out of state before the end of the session. You are always in control.
The number one job of the subconscious mind is to protect you and it is always working to protect you. This includes while you are in a state of hypnosis.
Hypnosis is a heightened state of awareness and focus, not a state of amnesia. It is possible to experience some amnesia but that is only under special circumstances and it is not a common occurrence.