What is Hypnosis? Hypnosis is a natural state that a person experiences several times throughout the course of a day. Simply put- hypnosis is focused attention.
Examples: Reading this right now, you are in a lite state of trance- focused attention! Watching TV or being so involved in a task that you don’t hear someone who is calling your name. Driving from point A to point B and not knowing how you arrived there. Forgetting much of the drive.
Simply petting your pet can put you into a state of relaxation or trance.
Is Hypnosis safe? Yes! The induction of Hypnosis is a naturally occurring process.
How does Hypnosis work? During hypnosis, the physical body and conscious mind are in a relaxed state while the subconscious mind remains in a heightened state of suggestibility. Hypnosis is an education-communication process to a person's mind that allows the conscious and subconscious minds to agree.
Can anyone by Hypnotized? Yes. Everyone can be hypnotized to varying degrees. The level of hypnosis a person achieves is often associated with their desire to succeed, receptivity to suggestion and ability to respond.
How powerful is the Hypnotist? Hypnosis is a contract between the hypnotist and client, whereby 10 percent of the effort is the hypnotist and 90 percent is the responsibility of the client.
What has Hypnosis been used for? The answer to this is, almost anything you can think of! Issues that respond well to Hypnosis are: Weight reduction, Smoking cessation, sleep issues, anxiety related stress management, personal performance, pain management, dental procedures, fears and phobias. Other issues Hypnosis has been used for are: Self esteem and confidence building, child birth, anger management, headaches, learning skills, nail biting, performing arts.... and the list goes on! (Some issues may require a professional referral)
What to look for in a Hypnotist or Hypnotherapist: The uses of hypnosis and hypnotherapy are a varied as the hypnotherapists themselves. Some hypnotists are more adept at working with various issues and techniques than others. Just like doctors specialize in certain areas, so do hypnotist's! Preferably find someone who has been through what you've been through, they will have the best insight. But don't sell others short, they are trained to assist as well. Criteria for being a hypnotist also varies from state to state. Most states put hypnosis under unlicensed complimentary health care. Many hypnotherapists are also: doctors, clergy, counselors or therapists. There are a variety of hypnosis schools out there. Online weekend study courses – two days to being a hypnotist; 6 month to 1 year programs with full accreditation. If your looking to have fun with hypnosis: explore a past life, entertainment at a party or just want to experience it, then find someone to do that. If you want to change a habit or work out a deep seated issue, or want to change your life path, then find a competently trained hypnotist.
There are also several places to be certified through. Three good certifying groups are: The International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA), The National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), and The American Board of Hypnotherapy. They require continuing education credits for certified members. Also take note; There are several ways to study hypnosis and call yourself a hypnotist. Rates vary as well, but do not reflect the competency of the hypnotist.
Ask lots of questions up front, but the most important thing in choosing a hypnotist is, do you feel comfortable with them? You are trusting them as a professional to help you navigate through issues and need to be able to trust them to guide you on the journey.
So, back to what to look for?
The hypnotist should be certified by at least one major certifying body.
Make sure the hypnotist's certification is current.
The longer they have been in practice the better. (New hypnotist's can be just as good)
Are you comfortable with the hypnotist?
What to expect: For most people seeing a doctor or therapist increases their anxiety just because they don’t know what to expect. When you schedule an appointment to see me here’s what to expect: (The first session is 2 hours long) A warm greeting at the office door, Enjoying a seat in my big comfy chair, Water or tea if you would like some. During the first hour I do intake with you. You may have a friend or family member sit in with you if desired. I ask many questions, which help me understand who you are, the issue your wanting to work on and the best techniques to use with you. You may ask as many questions as you want! This is your time. Then I explain a bit more in-depth how hypnosis works. We take a bio break if needed, then continue.
At this point I ask, if you are ready to do hypnosis? And if you want your friend or family member to stay in the room? I turn off the overhead light and turn on a nice lamp. The overhead light usually bothers people if they decide to lay back in the chair, so I use soothing lamp light. We work on proper breathing. We do some fun hypnotic tests! These help you learn about the power of your mind. If you are ready to continue with hypnotic work, then I induce formal trance and your healing journey begins! After each session, you come out of hypnosis and then we debrief.
No 2 sessions are the same. Each client is a unique individual and each session with you is different because you are changing all the time. This is why I do client centered hypnotherapy. I do not plan the session in advance because only you know what you need that day. I do my best work each session, within the scope of my training.
Hope this answers a few questions and curiosities!
I look forward to working with you when your ready to make a change in your life. Jessica L Hanson CHt LLC