FAQ About Hypnotherapy
What are the differences between sleep and hypnosis?
Hypnosis is not like being asleep or unconscious (a popular misconception) because you are very aware while you are in hypnosis. You are in full control at all times. You can hear the therapist's voice and other sounds, and you can open your eyes and come out of hypnosis at any time. But, when you are so relaxed, you'll probably just want to keep on enjoying the feeling.
Hypnosis is like the relaxed mental state we experience between wakefulness and sleep, indicated by the same brain wave patterns as hypnosis. You experience this state naturally when you are just awakening in the morning, before your conscious mind kicks in with more active thinking states.
As well as occurring naturally many times each day, hypnosis can be brought about intentionally, usually through focusing exercises and relaxation. You can take yourself into hypnosis (self hypnosis) or seek out a professionally qualified hypnotherapist to assist and guide you.
Many clients learn self-hypnosis so that they can take themselves into deep relaxation whenever they choose. It's very easy.
How aware am I while in hypnosis?
When you are in hypnosis you are very aware, and your mind is highly alert and focused on what is being said to you. Because your mind has the ability to "tune out" other sounds, they will not disturb you. You are able to move and talk easily (e.g. scratch your nose, or answer questions) and you can also come out of hypnosis any time you choose. However, as it is such an enjoyable state you can relax and enjoy the experience, focusing on what is being said for your benefit.
Why use Hypnotherapy?
Many people live normal, healthy lives, and yet there may be some aspect(s) they want to change. For example, getting rid of a phobia, reducing anxiety and stress, or removing a habit. Or, they may want to improve their memory, concentration or self-confidence. Clients often say they have tried using will- power, but some changes need to take place at a subconscious level, because this is where our automatic patterns, habits and responses are established.
How can I access my subconscious mind to achieve my goals?
By making changes we can improve the quality of our lives. We can let go of unwanted behaviors and habits. The subconscious always has a positive intention, but does not always choose the best way of achieving it. If we can show it a better way then it can change quickly.
Hypnotherapy is useful because, when we are deeply relaxed it is easier to communicate directly with the subconscious, and to help it to look after us in a more appropriate and resourceful way.
What can I expect when I visit a hypnotherapist?
As with any health professional, a hypnotherapist will begin by getting some background information. Then they will discuss with you what it is you want to achieve, and whether your goal is achievable and realistic. The therapist will discuss any concerns or questions you may have, and explain hypnosis to you and what you can expect to experience during the session.
The hypnotherapist will then guide you into the pleasant, relaxed state of hypnosis, and use any one of a range of hypnotherapeutic and psycho-therapeutic techniques to help you let go of old and ineffective behaviour and responses, become more resourceful, and to become the person you want to be.
What will I pay for visit to a hypnotherapist?
Most hypnotherapists are freelance and set their own fees. We suggest that you contact a hypnotherapist in your area to discuss your requirements. The price depends on the area, the therapist's qualifications and experience, and the length of the session.
How many sessions will I need?
As we are all individuals and respond differently to hypnosis it is not possible to give a specific answer. A lot can depend on the changes you want to make. Some changes may take as little as 1-3 sessions; others may take a little longer. The hypnotherapist may be able to give you a better idea after discussing your responses at your first session.
Can Hypnotherapy be helpful for children?
Yes, very helpful. Children have wonderful imaginations, which can be extremely helpful when making changes with hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy can assist children with many problems, including bed wetting, confidence and self-esteem, motivation, sport, nail biting, eating, reading, study, memory, exams, relaxation, anger, and coping with bullying, etc.
What are the benefits of hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy has a broad application base. It has been used for many years with medical treatment, and can be used to make many different kinds of changes. Some examples are listed below.
Behavioral changes: motivation, relaxation, confidence, stop smoking, weight loss, stress management, anger management, road rage, etc.
Sport: skills and concentration improvement, getting over blocks or performance fears, etc.
Fears & phobias: flying, public speaking, spiders, heights, elevators, agoraphobia, claustrophobia, etc.
Habits: stop smoking, nail biting, bed wetting, hair pulling, etc.
Health and medical: relaxation, childbirth, healing, dentistry, chronic pain management, hemophilia, burns, emergencies, stress, asthma, psoriasis, phantom limb pain, etc.
What qualifications will a hypnotherapist have?
Dip. Hyp Diploma of Hypnotherapy
Dip. Clin. Hyp Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy
Dip. Adv. Hyp Diploma of Advanced Hypnotherapy
Dip. Psy. & Hyp. Diploma of Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy
Assoc. MNZAPH - Associate Member of NZAPH
MNZAPH - Professional Member of NZAPH
Hon. Life MNZAPH - Honorary Life Member of NZAPH.
You are perfectly entitled to ask any health professional about their qualifications and experience. It is important that you feel comfortable with your therapist.