Commonly Asked Questions About Hypnotherapy
1. What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural state of awareness where all your senses are heightened and your physical body is very relaxed, a state where your subconscious mind is suggestible to new ideas and beliefs.
"Hypnosis is not mind control. It's a naturally occurring state of concentration; It's actually a means of enhancing your control over both your mind and your body."
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2. Is hypnosis Safe?
Yes, hypnosis is safe.
“Hypnosis is a mental state, not, per se, a treatment,” says Dr. David Spiegel, medical director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. “People think it is a means of taking away control, but it is actually a means of enhancing control—over perceptions such as pain, anxiety, habits, stress.”
“I think it should be much more widely used,” says Dr. Andrew Weil, a physician and leading expert in integrative medicine. “It’s safe, it’s inexpensive and it can produce dramatic results.”
3. How can hypnotherapy help someone?
In hypnotherapy we use hypnosis to access the subconscious mind in order to give positive suggestions and/or beliefs, whereby an individual will be able to make the desired changes quicker and easier.
"Hypnosis has gained credibility in the past five years because of research using the latest brain-imaging technology. Studies show hypnosis can help treat a multitude of disorders."
4. I am afraid that if I allow myself to be hypnotized, I will be forced to do things I don't want to do. Is this true.
It's NOT true. A Hypnotherapist cannot make you do anything you don't want to. You have free will. A Hypnotherapist can only give you the suggestions you want. If a given suggestion is not what you want, your mind will reject it.
5. Will I lose control when I am in hypnosis?
NO, you do not lose control while in hypnosis. You are aware of everything that goes on and can get up and leave if you wish. You are in control the whole time.
6. Are Hypnotherapists licensed?
While there are certification requirements for hypnotherapist, there are no licensing requirements. It is important to note that Hypnotherapists are not licensed medical professionals or licensed psychological professionals. Hypnotherapists do not diagnose or treat medical or psychological conditions. For any conditions that are medical and/or psychological in nature, please see the appropriate licensed professional for help. Hypnotherapists can work in a complementary manner with licensed medical doctors and/or psychological professionals where appropriate.
7. What kind of conditions or issues can hypnotherapy help with? Hypnotherapy can help with a wide variety of conditions and issues.
Approved as a valid treatment by the American Medical Association in 1958, hypnotism has become increasingly accepted by the medical community. Its use for chronic pain was approved in 1996 by the National Institutes of Health.
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