So many misconceptions surround Hypnosis . Please allow us the opportunity to clarify them. Most concerns about hypnosis have to do with CONTROL...
Does a hypnotized person surrenders control of his or her mind to the hypnotherapist? This is not true. The client is guided by the therapist’s suggestions while remaining fully in control. Unlike in the movies, hypnosis is achieved with the consent of the client and therapy involves having the client fully consider the beliefs and behaviors that have brought him or her to this point. Hypnotherapy helps us to recognize the “trance” we are currently living and to “wake up” from Can a person become stuck in trance? A client may emerge from trance at any time even if the one offering the hypnosis were to leave the room or suddenly expire. Typically, clients notice that the Hypnotherapist has become silent and will open their eyes to assess the situation. In some cases, a client will fall asleep when the session goes silent but will awaken shortly.
Can I be "programmed" and given suggestions to carry out illegal or immoral acts? Hypnotherapy clients cannot be induced to break the law or violate ethical or moral codes such as keeping kosher or abstaining from ingesting animal products. One may instantly recognize an inappropriate suggestion and refuse it. Are my secrets safe? One cannot be compelled to divulge secrets such home security access codes, credit card pin numbers, or trade secrets. Hypnotherapy is not mind control or brainwashing. Certified Hypnotherapist are bound to uphold ethical standards and maintain client confidentiality.
Can I be successfully hypnotized if I was previously told I couldn't? The consensus among other experts in the field is that individuals with cognitive delays (mental retardation), schizophrenia or who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol cannot be successfully hypnotized . However, even within this population, there have been exceptions to this 'rule.' Most of the general public are able to experience some level of hypnosis and go deeper into the state with practice. The media leads us to believe that only people who are gullible, weak-willed, and of low intelligence can be hypnotized. You can experience hypnosis and enjoy its benefits if you really want to. If you are motivated to make a change, like and trust your hypnotherapist, success is very likely. In addition to client motivation and rapport with the therapist, skill in producing hypnosis may be the deciding fact or. A successful Hypnotherapist is a verbal virtuoso who knows many different ways to assist clients to enter hypnosis.
What does it take to guarantee success in Hypnotherapy? The primary reasons families seek childbirth hypnosis is for managing anxiety during the pregnancy and pain during labor and delivery. A few sessions in a light or medium state of hypnosis has proven quite effective for controlling anxiety. To eliminate pain usually requires a deeper state of hypnosis and several sessions to produce hypno--analgesia or hypno-anesthesia. Worrying about how quickly you can eliminate anxiety or how deeply you will be able to go into trance is counterproductive. In our Hypnotherapy practice, we remind our clients to focus on the transformation rather than the trance. Generally, a series of six personalized sessions is all that is needed to address anxiety and/or pain management. Beware of those who offer a single session to address everything you might need. No reputable professional who can guarantee a specific result within a certain time period using medical hypnotherapy. If you are highly motivated to banish your fears and have your baby in a comfortable, less invasive way, we will help you.
Will I be “knocked out” and unable to remember what was said? This is extremely rare and most therapists rely on a client remembering the session in order to have the conscious mind aligned with the subconscious. Sessions can also be recorded for the client.
Should Hypnosis be considered a “New Age”, unproven healing approach? Most people are only familiar with stage hypnosis, a form of entertainment. Medical Hypnotherapy is a rigorously tested, evidence-based tool of medicine and psychology. It is a form of complementry medicine that is meant to be used in conjunction with Western medicine. Physicians and surgeons in Europe and the US have used it and written about its efficacy since the 18th century. In 1958, the American Medical Association recommended that all medical schools include hypnosis in its course of instruction. Many doctors and dentists use it to soothe patients concerns and lessen post-operative discomfort. In the twenty-first century, many physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other health professionals are recommending it to their patients with a variety of conditions such as allergies, IBS, insomnia, migraines, and phobias.
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