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  • Writer's pictureColleen C. Lopez CHt.

Common Questions About Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

Question: What is hypnosis?

Answer: Hypnosis is an experience / state of profound relaxation, focused attention, and an enhanced capacity to respond to suggestion.

Question: Is hypnosis "Mind Control" ?

Answer: Absolutely NOT! NO One under hypnosis can be forced to do anything against his or her will. You cannot be made to do anything against your moral and ethical codes. You will not say anything that is embarrassing and will not do anything that you are not comfortable doing.

Question: How does it feel to be hypnotized?

Answer: A profound state of physical and mental relaxation. It feels vaguely familiar to countless other moments in your life where you were absorbed in a zone or lost in thought. It is similar to falling asleep just not losing conscious awareness. You are able to hear and sense things around you but, typically your eyes are closed and you feel comfortably relaxed. As you enter hypnosis, your awareness is withdrawn from the normal alert state that you walk around in and goes inward.

Question: Can I get stuck in hypnosis?

Answer: No. Hypnosis is a very natural and normal state and cannot hold anyone against his or her own will. During the session, if there was an emergency, or the subject no longer wished to participate, they could easily awaken themselves at any time and simply stop.

Question: What is the different between meditation and hypnosis?

Answer: Hypnosis focuses on changing thoughts and behaviors. Meditation is an exercise in observation to reach a state of relaxation. Hypnosis is a vehicle people use to change / re frame their thoughts and behaviors. Meditation involves looking at thoughts as they are in the present moment.

Question: Is hypnosis / hypnotherapy good for anxiety?

Answer: Research has shown that hypnotherapy can help relieve stress, fear, and anxiety. It can be used to treat phobias, addictions, undesirable behaviors and bad habits. It can also help with symptoms of panic disorder, ptsd, ocd, depression, irritable bowel, insomnia etc.

Question: What are the drawbacks of hypnosis?

Answer: Hypnosis might not be appropriate for a person who has psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions. It should be used for pain control only after a doctor has evaluated the person for any physical disorder that might require medical or surgical treatment.

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