What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state characterized by increased suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination. Clinical hypnosis is an altered state of awareness, perception or consciousness that is used, by trained hypnotherapists

In reality, it is more like daydreaming, or the feeling of “losing yourself” in a good book or movie. It is also a state of focused concentration and when our minds are concentrated and focused, we are able to use our minds more powerfully. You are fully conscious, but you tune out most of the stimuli around you. You focus intently on the subject at hand, to the near exclusion of any other thought. In the everyday “trance” of a daydream or movie, an imaginary world seems somewhat real to you, in the sense that it fully engages your emotions.


How to find a qualified hypnotherapist?

It is important to chose a hypnotherapist who is trained, experienced and certified. Since hypnotherapists are not required to be licensed it is important to make sure that they are certified by a credible and ethical organization. The “National Guild of Hypnotists” and the “American Council of Hypnotist Examiners” are two of the most impactful groups of this kind. They both have systems in place to provide oversight to the hypnotherapists that they certify. The hypnotherapist should have years of experience as a hypnotherapist and also have experiences overcoming life issues themselves through hypnotherapy.


What is hypnosis used for?

Hypnosis helps a person become more in control of habits and behaviors. By assisting in transforming negative self talk, reducing stress and changing negative habits the person can change every aspect of their life. Losing excess weight by changing habitual eating behaviors and emotional eating. Stopping habits like smoking or nailbiting. You can also alleviate anxiety, phobias and panic attacks. Give relief to those with medical problems like Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Fibromyalgia and relieve the pain of cancer or other chronic pain issues.At the deepest levels of hypnosis it is used for anesthesia for medical or dental surgery.


What if I don’t believe in hypnosis?

Hypnosis is not a belief system. Hypnosis is not a religion. If you have a normally functioning brain you have already experienced self-hypnosis. You just don’t know how to use it.  That is the job of the hypnotherapist.


What are some misconceptions about hypnosis?

You will not become unconscious and you will be aware of everything at all times. Your will is not weakened in any way. You are in control and cannot be made to do anything against your will. You will not begin to reveal information you wish to keep secret. Hypnosis is not sleep.

One common misconception is that a hypnotized person loses their will and is partially or completely under the command of the hypnotist. Nothing could be further from the truth. This unfortunate belief is reinforced by many stage hypnotists. You are in control of yourself, and cannot be made to do anything that is against your will.

Hypnosis, particularly the deeper forms, can appear to be like sleep because the person’s body is typically very still and quiet. There is usually a great deal of mental activity, and measurements of brain activity during hypnosis show a significant level of neurological activity.