Hypnosis has been around for centuries yet people still have a lot of questions about it. If you have never tried hypnosis before, I am certain that you have a lot of doubts and worries running in your mind. Let me take this opportunity to ease your feelings about hypnosis and introduce to you a powerful and relaxing way to improve your life. Here are some questions that people frequently ask about hypnosis with corresponding answers:


What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is simply a state of relaxed and NATURAL state of focus. Each one of us enters such a state (also sometimes called a state of trance) at least twice a day: once when we are about to fall asleep and once when we are waking up. There are also other moments of the day when we naturally fall into a state of trance. It happens when we do ordinary day to day tasks such as driving, watching the television, listening to music or working on a favorite hobby.


Some people leave their first hypnosis session feeling as though they were not hypnotized at all because they knew what was going on the whole time. Well, of course they should! Hypnosis is not a state of amnesia or induced sleep. The opposite is actually true. Hypnosis is a state of heightened awareness and focus. Hollywood has perpetrated a lot of myths about hypnosis and one of them includes not remembering anything after a session.


What is hypnotherapy?

A lot of individuals confuse hypnosis and hypnotherapy to have the same meaning. To clarify, although the two are closely related, they mean different things. Hypnotherapy is the process of using hypnosis to interact with the subconscious mind in an open-reflective method to create a positive change in your life. There are many techniques and applications of hypnotherapy but they all have several things in common. First, hypnotherapy requires a strong desire to change. Second, it involves putting an individual into a state of deep relaxation, and third, it utilizes language and visualization.


What can’t be treated with hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy helps individuals overcome pain, bad habits and many others, but it cannot be used to treat serious psychiatric or mental health problems. Such cases are usually referred to a qualified psychotherapist or psychiatrist. Health problems that require medical attention must always be treated by a qualitied physician who can prescribe hypnotherapy for pain management or relaxation. Drug addiction, clinical depression and other serious problems need to be treated by doctors and psychiatrists who, likewise, can prescribe hypnotherapy as a supplementary treatment.


Will I be made to bark like a dog or quack like a duck?

If you have this misconception about hypnosis, chances are your idea of it has been affected by stage hypnosis or Hollywood movies and television shows. In stage hypnotism, the hypnotist carefully selects his subjects. He only chooses people he knows that are willing to bark like a dog because somewhere inside them is a part that loves to entertain.


Hypnosis cannot make you do or believe in something that is against your morals or ethics. In truth, all hypnosis can be considered as self-hypnosis and no hypnotist can make you do something that you don’t really want to do. This explains why some people who undergo hypnotherapy for smoking cessation still smoke. A part of them still holds on to their bad habit. For hypnosis to be effective, you have to want to change. Hypnosis is simply an instrument for helping make that change better, faster and permanent.


Will I lose control over my mind?

This is another myth about hypnosis. During a session, you always have control over your mind and you are fully aware of what is going on. Hypnosis is nothing but a state of relaxed and deep focus. Again, it is a natural state which occurs more often than you think. If at any time you are under a state of trance that you wish to be fully awake, you can just count to three and open your eyes.


I know someone who tried hypnosis to quit smoking but it didn’t work.

Changing a habit like smoking takes more than just hypnotic suggestions. The individual must want to change and they must have a replacement for smoking (nicotine patches, for example). Hypnosis can be used to find an effective replacement and then it can also be utilized to develop new, healthier habits.


How much does hypnotherapy cost?

The cost of hypnotherapy varies from city to city and from professional to professional. The average cost is somewhere between $75 to $125 per session, with a session usually being between an hour to an hour and a half long. Some hypnotherapists offer hypnotherapy packages. For instance, there are professionals who have smoking cessation programs where you pay $300 to $400 for all the sessions and materials included in the program.


How do I choose a good hypnotherapist?

Most hypnotherapists can be reached over the phone or through e-mail. I recommend that you communicate with them and ask any questions that you may have. A good hypnotherapist should be able to ease your mind by providing informative answers in a friendly and understandable manner.


Select a hypnotherapist who seems warm and friendly. Also choose one whom you feel comfortable with and is someone that you feel you can follow. Their voice should be pleasing to you because it is likely that you will be listening to recordings with his or her voice on them many times.


To ensure that a hypnotherapist is qualified, inquire if they are members of any professional hypnotherapy organizations and why they chose to join in the groups that belong in. Do not hesitate to ask about their code of ethics and for references too. If they cannot supply you with any, then you may consider looking for another hypnotherapist. It is always wise to check with your local Better Business Bureau to see if there are complaints filed about a hypnotherapist that you are considering.


Typically, the first twenty minutes of your first session with a hypnotherapist will be an introduction to hypnosis and you will also be talking about your desired goals. Your chosen hypnotherapist will ask about what changes you would like to make in your life. If you feel that you are uncomfortable with him or her during your first session, simply tell the hypnotherapist that you don’t think you are ready to try hypnosis and that you would like to try another day. Then, look for other hypnotherapists that you feel you can work with.