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Does hypnotherapy work?

Yes, it does. There are several reasons for the certain degree of doubt and scepticisms surrounding hypnosis, however, scientific evidence is not amongst these reasons. The science behind hypnosis is explained in some detail on a specially dedicated page of this website (see: “The Science Behind Hypnosis“.)

The major reasons for the confusion and disbelief surrounding hypnotherapy are:

  • Not all practitioners know that they can and should be able to hypnotise all of their clients
  • The nonsensical and yet wide-spread misconception that hypnosis is magic and that a Hypnotherapist has some kind of mystical power over you, goes against one of the fundamental principles of hypnotherapy, which is that in order to make a definite and positive change in your life: you have to want it, you have to be open to developing your mental skills, and you have to put in the practice that gives your brain a chance to build the neural pathways required to change your behaviour (see “Neuroplasticity – The Neuroscience of Hypnotherapy“).

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You may also be interested in the special report from my 2014 survey – “Top 10 Reasons why people invest in hypnotherapy – a convincing answer the question “Does Hypnotherapy Work? “

 

More FAQs on Hypnotherapy


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What is hypnotherapy?


Hypnotherapy is a branch of behavioural psychology. Its a technique for gaining access to the subconscious mind in order to program the desired behaviour as a natural habit, so that a negative habit or way of thinking can be replaced with a positive one. The advantage over psychotherapy is that the patient experiences a more rapid response to the treatment, due to the exposure to positive feelings and sensations, which they experience in hypnosis.

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What is the hypnotic state?


The hypnotic state is the dream state, only the person is still awake and can hear you. It can be measured on an EEG scanner, which measures brain activity, anywhere between 4 and 14 hz. so it can be said to cover both Theta state, usually associated with sleep, and the Alpha or dream state. Because the conscious and the subconscious mind are awake simultaneously, information is easily accepted by the subconscious mind, which is where it needs to be on order for the desired behaviour to become a habit.

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Whilst I am hypnotised, am I aware of it?


Yes you are. You are not unconscious when you are hypnotised, you are subconscious. You aware of all the sounds around you, you are just very relaxed, and open to suggestion.

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Will I loose control?


No, quite the opposite – you will actually develop more control over your thoughts instead of letting them lead you. Hypnosis is very self empowering for you.

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Is it hands on?


No. Hypnotherapy is not a hands-on treatment.

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When will I see results?


You will feel the result during the treatment. The first noticeable change is emotional. After the first treatment you will notice yourself reacting differently to situations that previously would have caused you stress, and as the treatments progress you will notice this more and more. The results are accumulative.

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When I am in hypnosis, will I be asked questions?


No. I will ask all my questions before hypnosis.

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Will I be regressed?


Only if you have specifically asked for a passed life regression. The modern techniques are very progressive. I focus on the present and the future.

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How many sessions will I need?


Usually 6 to 10 session, but there are a lot of factors, the biggest is your level of commitment. It’s very much like learning a new language – the more you practice the quicker you learn. You will have a 20 minute training program as well as the sessions so it really works out well if you practice every day. Serious challenges will take longer.

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How long are the sessions?


Your first session is 2 hours, after that 1 hour per session. Past Life Regression is also 2 hours.

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Can anyone be hypnotized?


Yes. The reason for the popular belief that some people are “unhypnotisable” is that, this was indeed the case until the 1980s, when behavioural psychologist John Kappas Ph.D. discovered that the human population is divided 50/50 between left and right brain hemisphere dominance. He developed a method to hypnotise left brain dominant people, the 50% who could not respond to the classical hypnotic induction, and now Yes, anyone can be hypnotised. You have to want to be.

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Is it safe?


Yes. The methods taught at HMI appeal to me very highly because they are all positive processes, resulting in win/win situations. In every case, the therapy begins with a deeply relaxing, pleasurable state. As the treatment progresses, solutions to the issue are introduced and explored in the prevailing mind set of confidence, innocence, and security. It is one of the safest spaces available to us.

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Does the treatment last?


Yes it does. Think of it as learning a new skill, or changing to a better job.


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Does Hypnotherapy Work? Top 10 Reasons why people invest in hypnotherapy – Survey Results