Below are some commonly asked questions regarding Hypnotherapy and how Hypnosis works. If you still have further questions regarding the process, please don't hesitate to contact me and I will gladly help you understand how the use of hypnotherapy and hypnosis can assist you to create the positive change you want to make in you life.
What does CMS-CHT, FIBH mean?
CMS= Certified Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapist
CHT= Certified Hypnotherapist
FIBH= Fellow of the International Board of Hypnotherapy
What is the difference between Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapy and just Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is an educational and self-improvement process that facilitates access to a person's internal resources to assist him/her in solving problems, increasing motivation, or altering behavior patterns to create positive change.
Medical support hypnotherapy is used only as an adjunct to conventional medical treatment. Consultation with a licensed physician is required before medical support hypnotherapy services are provided. A patient's attitude towards their treatment is one of the most important factors in their successful outcome. The following are some ways medical support hypnotherapy can be utilized:
- IV starts and needle phobias
- Reduction of claustrophobic feelings during MRI and CAT scan
- Burn care from radiation treatment for cancer care
- Stress reduction in hypertensive patients
- Pain management for arthritis
- Childbirth preparation
- Post-operative pain control and accelerated healing
- Normalization of digestion for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Regain normal sleep patterns
Can anyone be hypnotized?
Yes!! If you have the desire for change and are willing to be hypnotized, then you can naturally enter into the state of hypnosis. In fact, the more intelligent and creative are usually easier to hypnotize.
Is hypnosis safe?
Yes, hypnosis is absolutely safe!! Hypnotherapy is an educational process that facilitates access to internal resources that assist people in solving problems, increasing motivation, or altering behavior patterns to create positive change.
How does hypnosis feel like?
Hypnosis is like daydreaming or watching a movie. When we engage so much in daydreaming or in a movie, our consciousness is in the story and not where we are physically at in the moment. This shifts our state of consciousness, which is similar to being hypnotized. When you are hypnotized, you are in a state of focused concentration. Besides during daydreaming or watching movies, many of us also experience this state without even realizing it. Anytime we are focused on one thing, not paying attention to anything else, we are in the state of hypnosis. Many people comment after a hypnotherapy session of how relaxed they felt or that they felt similar to how they feel after they meditate. Most people feel more mental clarity, refreshed and energized after a hypnotherapy session.
Will I reveal my secrets in hypnosis?
You will not reveal any secrets unless you choose to. You cannot be overpowered or controlled because you are aware of everything that is happening during the session. If you wanted to, you could lie or edit what you say during hypnosis, but that would probably affect your outcome of your hypnotherapy session. Make sure that whatever issue you are wanting to work with, you are ready and feel comfortable to talk about it and conquer it so that you can transform your life and be the change you want to be!!
I have seen people do crazy things on stage with hypnosis!! Could this happen to me during a session?
Many people have many misconceptions regarding hypnosis due to old films or a show seen on stage. Films regarding hypnosis and stage hypnosis exist for an audience and entertainment purposes. Many people who go on stage and "quack like a duck" are volunteers/actors who are extroverts that want to joke around and play. Hypnosis is the level of awareness that puts you in contact with both the conscious and subconscious mind simultaneously. You will not do anything in hypnosis that is outside your moral code. You will not surrender your "will" to the hypnotherapist, for your Ego is never completely dissociated.
Will I lose consciousness or control in hypnosis?
Many people make the assumption that being in hypnosis is a state similar to being asleep, in an unconscious state or under anesthesia. This is not true. Like I mentioned earlier, the senses are generally enhanced during hypnosis and you are extremely aware of everything that is going on. The subconscious mind is more alert during this state thus making it easier for positive suggestions to be accepted to help make positive changes in your life that you desire to make.
Can I get stuck in hypnosis?
It is impossible to get stuck in hypnosis during a hypnotherapy session!! The mind is intelligent and as soon as you lose focused concentration on something, you are no longer in hypnosis. As soon as a hypnotherapist stops talking without reason, a client usually will open their eyes and ask why the session has stopped or will feel so relaxed that they fall asleep. I strongly believe that my main role as a hypnotherapist is to assist you to stay focused on your goal during a session and to educate you on how you can independently use hypnosis in your daily life for personal empowerment or to achieve other future goals.
How much will I remember after a hypnotherapy session?
Some people consciously remember everything and others consciously only recall parts of the session because they were so relaxed. Everything that happened during the session is stored in the subconscious mind and since the suggestions are directed to be accepted by the subconscious mind and not conscious, how much you remember consciously cannot affect your success of the session.
How quickly will I get the results I am looking for from a session?
It really depends on the goal you are trying to achieve. Some goals such as passing an exam can be accomplished in one session considering that the client does their daily accelerators afterwards. It takes at least 21 days to break a habit. That is usually the length of time it takes for three sessions done once a week. Some goals such as weight-loss management or to quit smoking could be established in 4 to 7 sessions. In order to be successful in reaching your goals, you should agree to do the following:
1. Be an active participant in your hypnotherapy experience and see yourself as a partner in this transformational process.
2. Recognize that your thoughts, feelings, images & actions have a direct effect on the quality of your life.
3. Acknowledge that your well-being depends directly on how well you care for yourself physically, emotionally, intellectually & spiritually.
4. Accept that blaming others or yourself does not produce useful results, thus acceptance is the key to moving forward in your life.
5. Take responsibility for the experiences of your life. You create your life experiences according to what you know during that moment.
6. Honor how you manage your time and respect the time of others. Be on time for your sessions & allow 24 hours notice for changes.