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How does hypnosis work?

This is a good question. There are many scientists and doctors still trying to figure it out by dissecting every part of it. But I will give you the long version and the short version of hypnosis. The long version: Hypnosis is the disorganization of the inhibitory (conscious mind) system by overloading it with information from the external environment, conscious, subconscious or the body. The short version: Hypnosis consists of two parts ? the induction and the post suggestion. The purpose of these post suggestions is to get your subconscious in control of your life. Just as your subconscious controls your heart beat and your breathing among other things, the subconscious can help you in other areas as well. There are numerous ways to induct or put the mind into trance. The most common methods are direct gaze, eye fixation, or visualization/imagery techniques. Once the client is induced or in trance, the hypnotherapist will then make post hypnotic suggestions that could have long lasting effects.

How long does a post suggestion last?

A post hypnotic suggestion could last indefinitely ? a year, 5 years, 10 years or 20 plus years.

Why would some post suggestions last longer than others?

This would depend on varied factors, such as the particular subconscious of the subject, how deeply the subject was put into trance by the hypnotherapist and also how much reinforcement was done to the post suggestion.

What are the three stages of hypnosis?

There are three depth levels of hypnosis. Light or hypnoidal, medium or catalepsy, and deep hypnosis or somnambulism.

Can anyone be hypnotized?

Yes! Anyone can be hypnotized.

I get asked this question quite often, and many clients come to their first session with the idea that they cannot be hypnotized. Most believe that they are too controlling and are skeptical about allowing someone to ?take over? their minds. They feel that they will not be able to relinquish their control to anyone, especially to a hypnotist.

In answer to their questions, I let them know that they will not have to relinquish their control at all. In fact, they will be the ones in control when I do the session(s) with them.

If you can daydream, yawn and/or fall asleep, you can be hypnotized. These are stages that your brain naturally goes through on a continuum basis. I use these stages to guide the client into trance.

Once I explain how the brain and brain waves work the client sees that it is easy for him/her or anyone else to go into hypnosis/trance.

How many sessions does it take to solve my problem?

Laboratory research states that it takes 6 sessions for anyone to be at least 93% successful with hypnotherapy.

It all depends on the situation - I have some clients who have done 6 sessions and others who have done only 1 session, with the average being 3 sessions for each client.

For example, a smoker who has been smoking for 5 years may see results after 2 or 3 sessions. But a smoker who has been smoking over 20 years may need to have at least 4 to 6 sessions.

The best way to gauge how many sessions are needed is to think how long the client has had a particular habit or how complex the issue at hand is. Issues such as various addictions, weight loss, or deprogramming of abuse may require more sessions because in most of these cases there are underlying reasons involved. A client may suffer sex addiction he/she was abused (physically, emotionally, sexually and/or verbally) during the childhood years. In such a case, hypnosis itself must be effectively preceded by a process of deprogramming of the actual abuse.

Why would hypnosis work for me when I have used other therapies/medication to no or little avail?

Hypnosis works because suggestions are being placed inside of the subconscious mind, which process bypasses the critical conscious mind. Think of your subconscious mind as a big pot on a stove and you would like to make chicken soup. You would take all of your ingredients (suggestions) such as water, chicken, and all the vegetables you like and place them inside of the big pot (subconscious). You would then turn on the stove and let the ingredients (suggestions) cook (build new positive habits).

What happens when I am hypnotized? Am I asleep?

When hypnotized, you are in a brain wave state ? Alpha, Theta or Delta depending on the layer of depth the hypnotist takes you to. Technically, you are between ?awake? and ?asleep?. When in this mode, you feel relaxed and you let go of your troubles and worries and then you are given suggestions to positively change your situation. After the session is over, some people want to go home and sleep because they have gone into a deep brain wave state and want to continue going deeper into sleep mode.

Do I hear anything when I am being hypnotized?

Yes - you hear much of what the hypnotherapist says when in a light to medium trance. However, the deeper you go, the less you hear/remember.

Do I talk during hypnosis?

With the method I use, you do not talk during the hypnotherapy session. Your subconscious mind listens.

We will, however, talk before the actual session by phone or by e-mail so I can determine the issue(s) at hand. We will also discuss your experience following the session and I will be able to answer further questions then.

Is phone hypnosis as effective as hypnosis in person?

Yes it is. The two essential elements needed with hypnosis whether on the phone or in person are an ear and a brain - an ear to hear and a brain (subconscious mind) to program with the Client's suggestions. Of course, a headset or a speaker phone would be necessary because, while in trance, one has a tendency to relax and having to hold a phone to one's ear would become inconvenient. Along with individualized comments and communication via phone and internet, I also teach the basics - complete with electronic delivery of useful information and diagrams - of how the brain and brain waves work related to hypnosis, prior to every hypnosis session.