Frequently Asked Questions

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a relaxed state where someone is more open to suggestions. It feels familiar because we actually do it so often. We enter and leave hypnotic states constantly throughout the day. The act of reading, day dreaming, or watching TV with focused attention are all light trance states. Walking down the sidewalk or waiting for the subway, many people are in a trance state. Just look at them. Driving on a highway may make the trance state more easily noticed.

Is hypnosis safe?

You certainly will not be asleep or unconscious. If you were asleep, you would not be able to have a dialogue with your hypnotist. As a matter of fact, during hypnosis you are even more aware of what is going on around you than you would ordinarily be but you can be selective about it (which you can’t do in the waking state). While under hypnosis, you are in a very relaxed and pleasant state.

What does hypnosis feel like?

Hypnosis is a term derived from the Greek word for sleep. Hypnosis is very relaxing. However, you never lose awareness during hypnosis. When you are hypnotized, you continue to be aware of your surroundings. Everyone has experienced hypnosis. For instance, you may be watching a commercial that you have seen many times and you find yourself very engrossed in it to the point that should a fly land on your nose you will feel lethargic and give yourself plenty of time to decide if you want it away from you. Daydreaming is also a hypnotic state.

When I am hypnotised how will I feel? Will I know what is going on? Will I be asleep?

Hypnosis is a term derived from the Greek word for sleep. Hypnosis is very relaxing. However, you never lose awareness during hypnosis. When you are hypnotized, you continue to be aware of your surroundings. Everyone has experienced hypnosis. For instance, you may be watching a commercial that you have seen many times and you find yourself very engrossed in it to the point that should a fly land on your nose you will feel lethargic and give yourself plenty of time to decide if you want it away from you. Daydreaming is also a hypnotic state

Is hypnosis in your office like stage hypnosis? Will you make me dance like a chicken?

Hypnosis as used in a doctor’s office is a healing or investigative process. The client's welfare is the sole focus of the procedure and the work is geared towards helping the client. Stage hypnosis is a show where people perform acts that are used to entertain an audience. Since the purpose is usually to hold the audience’s interest and to entertain them, the subjects are carefully selected and screened before the stage demonstration begins.

Will I remember anything when the session has finished?

You will remember everything unless the hypnotist has valid reasons to delay the recall until he/she feels it is safe and beneficial to the client. (This would be particularly true of uncovered early memories of abuse or other traumas.) Usually, you will remember only what you are ready to remember.

What if I do not come out of hypnosis?

Everyone comes out of hypnosis. Remember that you went into hypnosis willingly. So, just as you decided to go into hypnosis, by the same token, you will decide to come out of it. There are, on few occasions, some people who enjoy it so much that they resist coming out. But all experienced and well-trained hypnotists have knowledge of many different ways to bring the person around. Since the hypnotist keeps the person under hypnosis, with the person’s realization that the hypnotist’s voice is no longer heard, the person will return to the present. I have been asked: what happens if anything happens to me during this period? After a while, the client will drift off into a natural sleep and reawaken.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Everyone with a normal IQ can be hypnotised provided that they want to be. Anyone who wishes to be hypnotised can be. Even people with short attention spans can be hypnotised but the procedure requires special skills on the part of the hypnotist.

Can the hypnotherapist make me do things I wouldn't want to?

Just as when you're awake, in the hypnotic state you hear everything that is said or suggested to you. You are also equally capable of rejecting information you find unacceptable. It is important to remember that, when hypnotised, the therapist is your educated guide but you are the one in control. You will be aware of your surroundings and what is being said to you - at any time you can wake yourself from hypnosis, much in the same way you do when snapping out of a daydream. For the hypnotherapist to even attempt to make you do something you do not want is a serious breach of the code of ethics.