"Hypnosis is a bypass of the critical faculty and establishment of acceptable selective thinking." Dave Elman, 1964
HOW DOES HYPNOSIS WORK?
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind. It is very similar to the state of meditation, focused attention, or a dream-like state. While in the state of hypnosis your critical thinking is bypassed and selective thinking is established. Hypnotherapists use relaxation techniques to induce a receptive state of mind. During hypnosis, the client is given positive suggestions, deliberately designed affirmations, as part of the new growth mindset in line with client's goals.
WHAT IS HYPNOSIS USED FOR?
Hypnosis can be used for a variety of things. It is widely used to overcome bad habits and to help establish new behavior patterns. In general, hypnosis is used to program the mind to change a person's belief system around a specific behavior. Since hypnosis involves deep mental relaxation, processes like guided visualization and mental forwarding can be used to enhance motivation and confidence in the desired outcomes.
CAN ANYONE BE HYPNOTIZED?
Absolutely anyone with normal intelligence (or above) can be hypnotized, as long as they willing to follow the instructions of a hypnotist.
CAN I BE HYPNOTIZED AGAINST MY WILL?
Yes, but this doesn't happen in a hypnotherapist office. Your hypnosis practitioner has only one goal in mind: to help you achieve your goals.
HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT HYPNOSIS PRACTITIONER?
When looking for the right practitioner, look for the hypnotherapist’s certifications, academic degrees, overall track record and online reviews. The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) is one of the top organizations in the U.S., certifying hypnotherapists who are licensed therapists or at least have obtained a Master's degree. The National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH) is one of the oldest certifying bodies in America. It has several certification, education and training programs. It is helpful if your practitioner holds a therapist license or is an Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coach federation (ICF), in order to provide a quality service and adhere to the community standards and Code of Ethics as required by the community and/or the organization.
HOW MANY HYPNOSIS SESSIONS DO I NEED?
The number of sessions depends on the issue you are working on. In general, at least two sessions are recommended. All hypnosis sessions are recorded for you to use as a maintenance program after your hypnosis sessions are complete.