Can I be hypnotized against my will?

No you can’t, you have to want to be hypnotized. If someone tells me “You can’t hypnotize me.” I tell them they are right, you have to be willing to be hypnotized.

Can I can make you divulge secrets?

No I can not, hypnosis is not a truth serum.

Can I make you act silly in front of other people ?

No, that’s what a Stage hypnotist does, their job is to entertain people. My job is to help people attain their goals.

Can I give you post hypnotic suggestions that will cause you to do something out of character – against your moral values after the hypnosis session?

No, I can’t make you quack when the door bell rings, or break into a strip tease when someone says Coffee…

How deep will I go?

Depth of the hypnotic state is an idea that used to be a focal point, but lately the hypnosis community and hypnosis professionals have realized that depth (or not) has little bearing. Clients go as deep (or stay as light) as they need to and what is appropriate for them, and still get good results. It is a fact that the more hypnosis one undergoes, the greater and easier one drops down into the altered state.

How do I know if I can be hypnotized?

Everyone can be hypnotized but one has to be willing to do it. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, which means if you want to do it, you will. The very small minority of people who have difficulty in a session are usually those who a) don’t really want to be hypnotized (perhaps to debunk the idea); or b) can’t relax and let go enough (perhaps fearing loss of control, which we know is a myth, or fearing the unknown) to go with the experience. Some things you can do to increase your ability to go under hypnosis easier and faster are practicing meditation, visualization, yoga or relaxation techniques. I also use Emotional Freedom Technique prior to hypnosis to alleviate any fears regarding hypnosis, EFT enables you to have a productive hypnosis experience.

Can I “get stuck”?

No. Again, hypnosis is a very natural and normal state and cannot hold anyone against his or her will. If a client were to go so deep as to enter a truly unconscious state (a very rare occurrence), they would simply go into natural sleep and awaken when they were rested. It is impossible for anyone to be `left or lost` in hypnosis. After hypnosis, a person awakens naturally, just as they do after sleep! If the hypnotist were to leave before counting them awake, the subject would eventually realize that the session had ended and would awaken on their own. During the session, if there were an emergency, or the subject no longer wished to participate, they could easily awaken themselves at any time and simply stop.

Can hypnosis hurt me?

In over two hundred years of recorded hypnosis history, there is no documented case of anyone being hurt with hypnosis. Hypnosis can only be used in a positive way. If anyone tries to give you suggestions against your morals, religious beliefs or anything you feel strongly about, you could instantly emerge from the state of relaxation on your own.

Is hypnosis a 100% consent state?

If at any time you want to emerge from the state of hypnosis, for any reason, you will instantly, naturally open your eyes and become fully alert. No one can keep you in hypnosis against your will

How quickly will I experience results from hypnosis?

How quickly do you WANT to see results? There’s a lot of factors at work here. First, and foremost, there’s your motivation level and commitment. If you’re “trying” to quit smoking because your partner has put you up to it, you’re not really all that motivated yourself, now are you?

My advice there: just quit wasting your time and money and be honest. There’s no such thing as “trying to quit.” You’re either ready to be a non-smoker or you’re not. Same is true with just about anything. If your motivation and commitment level is HIGH, you’ll likely experience  results straight away or very quickly. If it’s low, you may stop going to the hypnotist or stop listening  to that new CD long before you see any results. Other factors that determine your success can include your comfort-level and respect for the hypnotist you’re working with, as well as the regularity of your hypnosis sessions. Hypnosis is NOT a magic pill. Sorry!

You will actually have to do some WORK along the way, such as attending your  hypnosis sessions or listening to your self-hypnosis CD on a daily basis. If you are expecting to be “put to sleep” and awaken “never wanting to eat chocolate again,” you’re probably destined for disappointment. It just doesn’t happen that way. On the other hand, I have many clients who quit smoking after my `one smoking session`, they were what I’d call HIGHLY MOTIVATED and have COMMITMENT.

Emotional Freedom Technique used along with hypnosis has a very high rate of success. I can give you the tools, but you must use them to be successful.

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