“Am I going to cluck like a chicken after this conversation?” That is usually what I am asked when I tell someone I am a hypnotist. I do not mind the question because it gives me a chance to acknowledge their misunderstandings about hypnosis and explain the kind of hypnosis that I do.
We have all seen or heard about the stage hypnotists that get the volunteers that will go to great lengths to entertain that audience. These participants are not under the control of the hypnotist, they want to make the audience laugh. By following the suggestions of the hypnotist they are part of a wonderfully funny entertaining show.
The kind of hypnosis that consulting hypnotists do is quite a bit different. The most important thing to understand about stage or hypnosis for self-improvement is that you are in complete control of your thoughts, actions, and everything that you share with your hypnotist. You can never be made to do anything against your will, nor will you reveal anything you don’t want to reveal. The hypnotist is simply a collaborator who guides the process. You will always be aware of what is going on, and are never in any danger or pain.
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a completely natural process of deep relaxation and fixation of attention. A heightened concentration of the mind, similar to day dreaming or meditation, easing the facilitation of communication with the subconscious and allows increased response to suggestions. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, your hypnotist is your guide and will coach you on self-hypnosis for improvement. Hypnosis is not an emptying of your mind, it is an organization of your thoughts.
Do I have to be weak-minded to be able to be hypnotized?
This is a common question. The answer is No. Hypnosis is not about being weak or in someone else’s control. Hypnosis is a natural state that we are in several times a week–sometimes several times a day. When you are taking a long drive and forget your trip, that’s hypnosis. When you are really focused on a good book, movie, game, project and time seems to fly by, that’s hypnosis. At Heal With Hypnosis, Rebecca will guide you to achieve a deeper level of this natural state, but you do all of the work by following easy instructions. The more intelligent the client is, the more they value they find in the process. The only thing that can keep you from being hypnotized is a fear of your hypnotist or hypnosis process or an inability to understand the instructions. Rebecca takes the time to build a rapport with you and help you understand the process and each step so you feel comfortable and at ease.
How does hypnosis feel?
Hypnosis feels comfortable and peaceful. You are not unconscious or asleep. Your mind is active, your thoughts are under your control, you have an awareness of what is going on around you and you are in complete communication with your hypnotist. Most clients have said that hypnosis feels like they are very focused, sitting in a chair, and talking.
Can I get stuck in hypnosis?
It is impossible to stay hypnotized. If the hypnotist became incapacitated for any reason, you would either open your eyes or if you were in very deep relaxation you may simply fall asleep for 10 or 15 minutes, and then wake up feeling as good as ever. Because hypnosis is a common state and we are in and out of it so frequently, we naturally move ourselves out of that relaxed focus when things around us change, such as the room getting quieter or an alarm sounding.
What causes anxiety?
Anxiety usually develops from experiences in your recent or distant past, feelings of guilt, and unfulfilled desires that are stored in your subconscious. They build on each other like a snowball until your body has a physical reaction called a panic or anxiety attack. These physical reactions can include increased heart rate, high blood pressure, shaking hands, crying, stomach cramps, profuse sweating, and the strong desire to run away from the situation.
Why do I feel like I am the only one dealing with anxiety?
While you may feel alone, you are far from it. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety is the number one mental health issue in the United States, even surpassing depression. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry reports that anxiety affects about 40 million people and it costs United States workplaces 46.6 billion dollars every year. 88 per cent of that figure is from lost productivity. You are not alone. By the time most of us reach adulthood, we have built up many negative ways of thinking, feeling and acting which can persist throughout our lives.
What kind of anxiety can be helped with hypnosis?
Anxiety issues include panic disorder, general anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, agoraphobia and other specific phobias, like fear of public speaking or flying and related issues like vaginismus and fear of intimacy can be overcome with hypnosis. If you are unsure your issue falls within this category, Heal with Hypnosis is willing to help clients with most related issues. During your consultation and first session we will discuss your issues and prioritize to give you fast and lasting relief.
How can hypnosis help my anxiety or phobia?
Hypnosis distracts your conscious mind with relaxation so that you can discuss and come to an agreement with your subconscious mind, the home of all your feelings, habits and memories, about how you can productively handle situations that would usually cause a panic attack. This allows deeper, authentic thoughts and feelings to come to the surface, helping you locate and edit memories of past experiences to make the positive and permanent changes you desire. By desensitizing old memories and habits—things you may not know are there, but that get in your way—that have emotionally blocked you for years, and inserting positive feelings and actions that work for you, you achieve permanent change. The conscious mind knows that there is no logical reason to be afraid of spiders (for example), but the subconscious mind has attached a fear to the spider, and the subconscious fear overrides it.
Can I really quit smoking in one session?
Yes you can! You can change your old habits with immediate results. The most important thing to remember is that you are human and you should not test yourself. If you have a cigarette to “test yourself”, you are subject to becoming addicted again. We will include symptom-free withdrawal and behavior modification in your session and discuss avoiding testing yourself to achieve long-lasting success. Rebecca also includes a discussion and exercise for stress relief. So often we forget to take a break and sometimes that is the very thing our body is craving–not the tobacco.
How many sessions will I need?
Hypnosis nearly always gets results faster than conventional therapy, because the subconscious mind is immediately responsive to neutralizing negative past events, reframing events that seemed to be failures into successes and lessons, and using your own resources to change unwanted behavior to positive action. Most issues will take about six to twelve sessions with occasional follow-up sessions as needed. Rebecca has found that the longer you have been dealing with anxiety the longer it takes to “clean out” or neutralize the past negative memories. Permanent change takes several sessions because the body/mind system has locked itself into a self-defeating pattern for most of your life, takes time to fully readapt itself to new states of being. The changes can be subtle after the first session. However, in just a few short weeks changes will be obvious—to you as well as to others.
What else does hypnosis help?
Hypnosis can help you reach your goals by removing self-sabotaging behaviors, help you prepare for surgery or medical and dental procedures, help you heal faster, remove underlying pain that causes self-injury, remove a habit like nail-biting or hair-pulling, retain and recall information, and so much more. If you are wondering if hypnosis can help you, call for a free consultation or click here to schedule online.
Can hypnosis be used while I’m in counseling or therapy?
Yes, hypnosis can be used as an adjunct to any therapy you may be using. Many people have used hypnosis to work on some emotional or physical response for rapid results while in counseling with another therapist. Hypnosis has no negative side effects that would interfere with any other mode of healing. Rebecca has happily worked in cooperation with primary care physicians, surgeons, psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and therapists to help her clients achieve their goals.
How much does it cost?
Your situation is unique. When you meet with Rebecca for your confidential consultation, you will discuss your needs and goals. Rebecca will determine your program, including number of sessions and associated fees.
Does insurance cover the cost of my sessions?
Some companies offer reimbursement via a Flexible Spending Account. You will need to check with your provider for specific information. Heal With Hypnosis does not handle any third party billing or payment. Heal With Hypnosis accepts cash, check, and credit card payments.
Is Heal With Hypnosis right for me?
Here are some great articles about hypnosis:
The following are links to hypnosis articles. Included are clinical studies and personal and informational articles. Please feel free to contact Rebecca with any questions.
Hypnosis does cause physical changes in the brain. http://www.sciencenews.org/view/feature/id/47697/title/The_Mesmerized_Mind
Hypnosis brochure: http://www.apa.org/divisions/div30/forms/hypnosis_brochure.pdf
Hypnosis defined: http://www.apa.org/divisions/div30/define_hypnosis.html
Hypnosis and post surgical healing: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa4087/is_/ai_n9207953
Hypnosis for kicking bad habits: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypnosis/SA00084
Alternative and complimentary medicine: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/alternative-medicine/PN00001
Increased use of alternative medicine: http://www.apa.org/monitor/jun04/alternative.html