Hypnosis FAQ

What you Need to Know about Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

The following are the most frequently asked questions I receive about hypnosis and hypnotherapy:

What is hypnosis and how does it work?

Hypnosis is an effective, natural, drug-free method of therapy that allows you to gain access to your subconscious mind and change thoughts, limiting beliefs, and behaviors that stand in your way of achieving your health, wellness, and general life goals. A hypnotic state is that place between full conscious and sleep. It is in this state where our subconscious minds are most open to new ideas, visions, suggestions. Hypnosis has been used as a therapeutic tool across the globe for centuries.

What can hypnotherapy help me with?

Hypnosis Therapy has been found to help with an incredible amount of emotional, behavioral, physical, and psychological issues. To get a better idea, refer to  https://hypnosis.edu/help/. You can also find a list of my specialist on my website under “Services” https://mohypnosis.com/services/ .

What does hypnosis feel like?

Most people enjoy the experience of hypnosis very much because it is very relaxing, peaceful, and calming. I like to think of it as a massage for the mind and spirit, and a source of nourishment for the body. Usually after sessions, clients feel relaxed, rejuvenated, clearer, even purposeful. As your therapist, I watch for any signs of discomfort during your sessions and respond accordingly.

Can anyone be hypnotized?

Yes. In fact, everyone goes into a light, natural state of trance (hypnosis) at least twice each day: first, upon waking up in the morning, and again before drifting off to sleep at night. Another example of naturally occurring hypnosis is being so relaxed or distracted in thought that you drive past your street or miss your exit on the highway.

What if I don’t “go in” and the hypnosis doesn’t work?

I have mastered many techniques to help my clients enter hypnosis easily and comfortably, so that they can accept the hypnotic suggestions that they themselves provided. Even the busiest of minds can easily and quickly go into hypnosis. And because the subconscious mind knows and recognizes hypnosis as a state of relaxation and comfort, my clients easily enter a light state of trance for our purposes of hypnotherapy.

It IS possible to block hypnosis- meaning that if you do not genuinely want to be hypnotized, you will not be. Resistance will keep you in your conscious mind and out of a relaxed trance state. However, if you genuinely want to achieve your desired outcome and you are willing trust and commit to the process, the likelihood of success with this therapeutic modality is very high. I tell my clients not to “try” to do anything at all- just sit back, relax, and have fun with the process.

Will I be asleep when I’m in hypnosis?

​No. I use the terms “sleep” and “deep sleep” to heighten relaxation in hypnosis, but you will always be conscious and in complete control of your actions. Contrary to popular belief, people are more aware of their surroundings and have heightened perceptions (e.g., sound, smell, sight) when they are in this state. You can bring yourself out of hypnosis by opening your eyes, stretching, or standing up.

Will you be in control of my mind and actions while I am in hypnosis?

No. I will not be able to make you say or do anything you don’t want to say or do. If you do not agree with or feel comfortable with a suggestion or technique, your subconscious mind will reject it and it will not take. Together, we would work on any discomfort or blockages you may be experiencing during therapy and craft your therapy sessions based on your preferences and unique suggestibility and behavior style.

Will I remember everything that I said or did during hypnosis?

People typically remember some details about the session as soon as they come out of hypnosis, but the amount of recall varies between individuals and in terms of the depth of your hypnotic state. Rest assured that your subconscious mind will remember the hypnotic suggestions that it receives even if your conscious mind does not. I also audio record client sessions and give a copy to the client. Listening to the recordings enhances client results.

If I only want to change a specific behavior (e.g., stop smoking), do I have to tell you details about my personal life or childhood to accomplish my goal?

In general, I will not ask you to divulge personal details about information that is not relevant to your therapeutic goal or wellness. Having said that, the bulk of our subconscious wiring is formed during our childhood and may be beneficial in understanding your current beliefs, thoughts, behavior. However, you are in control of what you want to discuss with me as your hypnotherapist and what you prefer to keep private.

What if I have a diagnosed physical or mental health condition (DSM-5) and am working with a licensed medical professional (i.e., Psychologist, Psychiatrist, MTF, Primary Care Physician).

Hypnotherapy can complement the care you may already be receiving, particularly for reducing the symptoms and side effects of medical and mental health conditions. If you are seeking hypnotherapy to assist with symptoms or side effects of a diagnosed condition (i.e., pain, symptoms of anxiety or depression, etc.), I will require a referral from your provider and will assist you in obtaining this easily and quickly.

Does Hypnotherapy “work” over Zoom?

Yes! It works very well and is just as effective as in-person sessions. There are benefits to virtual sessions as clients can skip the commute, save time, and enjoy the comfort of their own environment. In fact, there are cases where Zoom sessions could be more comfortable and therefore more effective (for example, if we are addressing agoraphobia, fear of driving, or social anxiety), and leaving the house would cause increased distress. However, some clients prefer in-person sessions and so I offer both options.

What is the difference between hypnotherapy and what I see on T.V. and in movies?

Hypnotists performing on stage or on T.V. are using specific training and techniques not only to identify the most suggestible (easily influenced) people to hypnotize, but also to “shock” their volunteers into a very deep state of trance. Most depictions of hypnosis in movies are false, as you cannot use hypnosis to make anyone do anything they would not normally consent to doing. 

Therapeutic Hypnosis gently guides a client into trance and the methods used are for personal growth and positive change based upon the client’s goals. In hypnotherapy, the intentions are benevolent and healing, and the client is in control the whole time.

How many sessions will it take to resolve my presenting issue/s?

Each client’s treatment plan and therapy journey are unique to them. Some clients see tremendous improvement or complete resolution with just a few sessions. Other issues and desired results may require more comprehensive treatment plans. The best way to answer this question is to schedule a complimentary consultation with me to discuss your therapy goals further.

Still have questions? Reach out to me! You are welcome to schedule a free 20-minute consult to discuss further. Meredith@MOhypnosis.com