What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is the state that a person experiences. Hypnotherapy is using that state for beneficial purposes.
Is it dangerous?
No, you are perfectly safe as hypnosis is a naturally occurring process anyway.
What is being in hypnosis like?
It is quite an ordinary experience. In fact, you will have already experienced what hypnosis is like in your everyday activities. Daydreaming is hypnosis. When you are reading a book on a train and are oblivious to other noises and passengers, that is hypnosis.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Yes, anyone can be hypnotised as long as they want to be. A hypnotherapist cannot force you to go into hypnosis against your will.
Will I know what is happening?
Yes, in fact if anything you can be more aware of what is happening. Although your eyes are closed your other senses can increase their awareness and sensitivity.
Will I remember what happened during hypnosis?
Yes and No. You will remember some things but not all. This is the way our memory works normally. Some scientists say we only retain about 30% of what we hear unless we take written notes to aid our memory.
Will I lose control?
No. You remain in control at all times. The hypnotherapist does not have control over you and if you decide to get up and walk out, then you will.
Will I be forced to accept suggestions?
No. Your mind is very protective of you and you will not accept any suggestions that go against your morals or beliefs and certainly a professional hypnotherapist is not going to make them either.
How many sessions will I need?
This all depends on the problem or change that you want to make.
So how can being in hypnosis help resolve a problem?
When we are in hypnosis we are more relaxed, physically and mentally. When this occurs, our mind operates more efficiently and effectively. We are a product of our memories and past experiences. Sometimes we need to return to a memory in order to resolve what happened for our peace of mind before we can move on in the future.