New York Hypnosis Frequently Asked Questions:
A: Hypnosis dates back over 200 years and is believed to have been founded by a physician – Franz Anton Mesmer, although the term hypnosis wasn’t used until 1843. Hypnosis is a natural state that we experience every day. Daydreaming is a light state of hypnosis that we all experience daily. Drivers can experience “highway hypnosis”. This is when the driver suddenly realizes that he or she is closer to their exit than they had anticipated/realized. Have you ever noticed how focused someone is when they watch a sporting event, read a great thriller, listen to an amazing speaker – they get so caught up in what they are watching. In hypnosis, you are mindful of your surroundings and what is going on. In fact, the brain wave activity of someone in hypnosis is consistent with the activity of someone awake and alert (not asleep) based on studies utilizing an electroencephalogram (EEG). While in hypnosis, an individual is capable of logic and reasoning, which is very different from a sleep state.
A: A hypnotic state can be initiated by using various relaxation techniques, guided imagery/visualization exercises, confusion, reframing and a soothing voice to induce a hypnotic state. You notice a feeling of relaxation, fluttering of your eyelids, a feeling of lightness, a sense of calm and various other feelings depending upon the individual client.
A: The short answer is No.
Some of the misconceptions surrounding hypnosis are based on what you’ve seen in movies, possibly read in fiction novels, television programs, a hypnotist show or cartoons. Once in a state of hypnosis, the foundation of the client’s value system remains in tact. While in hypnosis you regain control and will not disclose anything confidential or personal that you do not wish to share with the hypnotist. Hypnotists are trained to be professionals. You want to be careful in your selection process and identify someone that you feel comfortable with, confident in his or her ability and that has the proper qualifications (Certified Hypnotist).
The links below will allow you to review reporting about the benefits of hypnosis.
Time Magazine – Scientific Proof that Hypnosis works for Weight Loss, Quit Smoking, and for Anxiety & PTSD
NY Times – Sports Performance
ABC News – Surgery
Washington Post – Children with Abdominal Pain
A: Although numerous studies support the achievement of favorable results through hypnosis, by law the services we render are held out to the public as non-therapeutic hypnotism, defined as the use of hypnosis to inculcate positive thinking and the capacity for self-hypnosis. We do not represent our services as any form of medical, behavioral or mental health care, and despite favorable research to the contrary, by law, we may make no health benefit claims for our services. As consulting hypnotists, we help our clients inculcate positive thinking and the capacity for self-hypnosis wherein we coach, teach, guide, instruct, or train motivated individuals to achieve their goals.
A: People have sought hypnosis for many reasons for instance weight loss, smoking cessation, insomnia, sports performance issues, phobias, self-improvement, insomnia, regression, stress, pain management, child birth, empowerment, motivation and for so many other purposes (review tab on 99 Ways Hypnosis Can Help). A hypnotist is there to guide you and facilitate the behavior change that you desire. You have to determine what is your best course of action in achieving your desired results and if hypnosis is a viable option for you personally. Hypnosis has been around for centuries and is becoming a more and more common option in achieving goals and objectives/facilitating a behavioral change.
A: You generally will be aware of what has occurred and what you experienced during the session, however it may take some time to fully digest what has transpired. You may experience time distortion regarding how long you were in hypnosis. In rare occurrences, you may not remember what has transpired but the majority of individuals do remember.
A: The International Alliance of Certified Hypnotists & Therapists is the leading global certifying body of hypnosis practitioners and NLP coaches. It was established to promote a distiguished level of expertise and a share of best practices. They have established, and mandate compliance of, an extensive code of ethics to ensure the safety of clients who seek out hypnosis and NLP coaching practitioners. In order to become certified as a hypnotist, an intense and comprehensive training program is required along with an examination to ensure you have been properly trained.
A: A typical first session consists of an intake and hypnosis to address the area of opportunity. The intake portion involves answering any questions the client might have, discussing the exact nature of the problem, and identifying exactly what a client wants to achieve. While in hypnosis the client will receive suggestions that will assist in promoting accelerated change.
A: The number of sessions necessary to accomplish the program goal will vary based on the client and the presenting problem. Some clients require just 2 sessions while others require more. On average 3-8 sessions are required for most, but not all challenges.