Common Questions Concerning Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy.
Unfortunately Hollywood has not been kind to the field of hypnosis. In movies, i’ts not unusual to see trusting subjects unwittingly controlled by self-serving hypnotists to do something embarrassing stupid or illegal. The media has done a disservice to all hypnotherapists by spreading this horrible misconceptions for the sake of entertainment. Let me clarify right now that no one in a hypnotic state can do anything against their will – that only happens in fiction. Let me alleviate any anxiety you may have about hypnosis; let me educate you on how it works. My goal is to empower you on your journey to transformation. Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy are about giving YOU the POWER to create change, not to control you.
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What is hypnotherapy?
What exactly is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of mind. We experience this state automatically several times a day. For example, when you routinely drive to a familiar destination, you might have been making mental plans for a vacation next month, or a revisiting a meeting with your boss yesterday or maybe daydreaming about a big career move you’d like to make. You were likely not focused on every little detail of your trip to the local supermarket that you’ve been going to for the last five years. Your waking state of mind (the conscious mind), shifted its focus to other thoughts while you were driving. The deeper mind (the subconscious), took over automatically to help get you to your familiar destination. You allowed yourself to suspend your conscious waking state and access the subconscious without thinking twice about it.
The subconscious stores every experience you’ve had your entire life. It contains a vast warehouse of knowledge and can be compared to an amazing computer control system.
When you undergo hypnosis, you access the subconscious mind where you can work on changing behavior that no longer serves your best interests. You will be guided into a state of focused attention and relaxation. By allowing yourself to become deeply relaxed and focused, you have made a choice to participate in the process – all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.
How does hypnotherapy work?
When you struggle with a behavior you want to change, there is a history stored in your subconscious mind reinforcing the unwanted behavior, making it hard to eliminate. The struggle comes from the conflict between the subconscious mind where the behavior is stored and the conscious mind wanting to make a change. By accessing the subconscious through relaxation, this negative history is released
through carefully crafted positive suggestions, imagery, or various hypnotic techniques. Once the release has occurred, then we continue to reframe the difficult past into a positive and fulfilling desired outcome.
A session will proceed as follows:
- Participate in a Client Intake Interview. We discuss the problem or issue;
- Receive an explanation of hypnosis and the process;
- Experience fun and easy exercises known as Suggestibility Exercises;
- Answer any questions or concerns;
- Define what it is that you choose to change, letting go of the past struggle. This portion of the session is referred to as the Removing, Releasing, Resolving, and/or Then share with the hypnotherapist what you wish to accomplish. How does your future look like when the issue is resolved? How does your future feel when you complete your goal? This is referred to as your Desired State.
- Experience hypnosis. The hypnotherapist will guide you into a very relaxed state of mind, helping you to access your imagination; the imagination is the gateway to the subconscious. During the hypnosis, the hypnotherapist will use various techniques to help you release unwanted obstacles and begin helping you create positive changes in behavior and beliefs.
- Gradually, the hypnotherapist will bring you back to a state of full awareness. In this process, you will be respectfully asked to share impressions and give feedback on anything pertinent to the experience
Sessions are conducted in the office or over the Internet.
What is the length of a typical session?
A typical session will run between 60-90 minutes.
How will I feel after the session is completed?
Some clients may feel that a session was extremely short or long. This is referred to as a time distortion and is one of the effects of hypnosis. Some clients simply state that they have never felt so relaxed in their entire lives. Often, clients report that they feel very refreshed with renewed positive energy. Every experience is unique.
Will I be asked to do or say something funny or embarrassing? Reveal secrets?
No. You are always aware of what the hypnotherapist is saying. You cannot be made to do or say something that would violate your moral or ethical standards. You are in control at all times.
Can I get “stuck” in the hypnotic state?
No. You cannot get stuck. The hypnotherapist will guide you back gently and gradually. If you happen to be listening to a recording in the privacy of your own home, you will gradually experience an awakening on your own or fall into a night’s sleep or nap if you so choose.
Building trust between the hypnotherapist and the client is very important. The hypnotherapist works with you in a partnership of respect, honor, dignity, and trust within the code of ethics set by the American Board of Hypnotist Examiners.
Second, it is perfectly normal to have some apprehension towards hypnosis. TV, movies, books, and some stage hypnotist entertainers have contributed to the negative portrayal of hypnosis. They characterize hypnosis as weird, mysterious, controlling. Sometimes, they even go as far to imply that hypnosis is “evil”. Education is the best approach for quelling these fears and myths.
I have seen hypnosis on TV and it still scares me to think that someone can do this to me?
First, this process is not something done to you. No one can make you experience a hypnotic trance. It can only happen when you give full consent to your hypnotherapist. It simply will not work if there is not an established agreement.
Can I be hypnotized over the phone or by Skype?
Whether you are present in the office or prefer a session using the phone or the Internet, the effectiveness of hypnotherapy is equal. Some clients have said that it was easier to talk over the phone while being in the comfort of their own home rather than in an office. This can also increase options for scheduling and reduce traveling time. However, establishing a quiet, undisturbed environment is crucial for a successful session.
What are my responsibilities/homework after my session?
Every hypnotic experience is unique, and each hypnotherapist has their own approach.Typically, Constance will encourage clients to be observant of shifts in thoughts, actions, and emotions in their daily life. Keeping a journal is very useful for cataloging changes during the time between sessions. The client will also receive instruction on how to practice self-hypnosis as a tool to promote a healthy mind, body, and spirit.
How many sessions do I need?
What are some ways hypnosis can help me?
“At the bottom of every fear is simply the fear that you can’t handle whatever life may bring you.” L.Bennett, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts
Yes, we all have fears. Sometimes in life, it becomes apparent to us that we are tired of holding on to these negative thoughts. I call it “negative mind chatter.” It works against us, and we lose sight of living a satisfying life. We begin to depend on willpower to make the desired changes. Willpower alone often fails us resulting in frustration and disappointment. In pursuing lasting change, we need to go deeper into the
subconscious where Hypnotherapy is very effective in addressing many common issues:
Academic Performance: Ages 12-Adult
This is a very common area of distress that many people experience.
Whether you are:
- A Grade School student struggling with confidence, self-esteem, managing time, poor reading, etc.
- A High School student aiming to achieve a higher SAT or ACT score for college admissions;
- A Struggling student trying to pass a class;
- A Technician or Public Service professional needing to pass certification;
- A Lawyer, Medical student, Nurse facing a professional board exam or license to practice
Do you struggle with test-taking anxiety? Experience anxieties? Experience physical distress? Struggle with concentration? Memory? Focus? Time Management?
Or perhaps – you are a very good student and desire to be on “top of your game”? Build confidence?
Public Speaking/Stage Fright
Perhaps you struggle speaking or performing before an audience? Fear embarrassment? Lack confidence? Physically shake or sweat?
Many people from all walks of life will have occasion to be called to speak in front of a group of people. Whether it be a formal occasion or informal, stage fright can be debilitating. Wouldn’t it be freeing to learn how to manage your adrenalin and let go of your fears? Stand confidently in front of the audience and speak or perform with confidence and ease? (read my story)
I, myself, struggled with terrible performance anxiety. I invite you to read “My Story.” Here you will discover how I struggled with piano performance anxiety and experienced great long-lasting results with Hypnotherapy.
Whether you are a singer, dancer, actor/actress, instrumentalist, as a fellow artist, I truly understand the angst of performance anxiety. It rears its ugly head in all sorts of ways – anxiousness, fear of missing a note, forgetting a line, choking trying to reach a certain pitch, physical shakiness, stomach distress, and the list goes on. Let me assure you that moving through these anxieties is possible. Hypnotherapy helped me, and I can help you.(read my story)
Many top successful athletes are very familiar with the benefits of working with the inner mind to improve their game performance.
Would you like to improve your sports skills? See, hear, feel your success?
Improve focus and concentration
Improve speed, stamina, techniques
Many diet books, videos, and programs advertise weight loss miracles. Yes, they provide us with many weight loss approaches. But what they lack is a major missing link to lasting success. They fail to go beyond the conscious waking state of the mind where you are expected to succeed through sheer will power. If will power were the answer, then I would see everyone’s New Year resolutions succeed. However, that just is not the case.
Constance will approach Weight loss as Weight Release. What happens if you lose something? Well, most of us will look for it and hopefully find it. Do you want to go through all that work to lose pounds only to find them again? Let’s look at this differently. If you desire to release weight, then that is what you will experience – weight release.
Constance offers a Weight Release program that will work on many levels.
It includes: Safe and effective weight release
Experience hypnosis. The waking state mind will be in sync with the deeper subconscious
mind. Obstacles will be released. Positive behaviors will replace self-sabotaging behaviors.
Keep a journal.
Seek healthy food choices
Uncover negative thinking, emotions, behaviors
Increase motivation to exercise
Experience compassionate and patient Coaching
Learn EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique
Learn Self-Hypnosis for continued success and reinforcement
Most of us, who struggle with weight, realize on some level that what we eat and how much we eat is simply addressing the surface of the situation. Constance strives to offer her clients a compassionate approach and sincere desire to uncover patterns of negative thinking, behaviors, emotions that all are integral parts of the bigger picture of releasing weight.
How many of us struggle at the end of the day unable to “turn off” from the day’s stress and enjoy a good night’s sleep? Stress is today’s number one killer in our society. Stress affects our health on all levels: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.
Hypnotherapy is very effective in calming down the nervous system, letting go of accumulated mind clutter and teaching self-hypnosis as a valuable tool to promote stress management. Learn to empower oneself, lessen anxieties and create a healthy approach to handling stress.
Hypnotherapy has also been shown to be highly effective in these following areas:
- Improve Immune System
- Pain Management
- Anger Management
- Nail Biting
- Smoking Cessation
- Anxieties and Bedwetting for Children
Constance welcomes working with children, in office only. Ages 7-12.