What happens during a typical hypnosis session?

 

A typical hypnosis session begins with a 10 to 20 minute intake interview where the hypnotist and the client talk. We go over the intake form if this is a first appointment. We'll go over how the person did, how the client did over the last week between the last appointment and this appointment. That 10 to 20 minute conversation will give us material to work on for this, the current session .... READ MORE

After we speak for about 10 to 20 minutes, if it’s a first session, I will show a small video, a short video, and that video helps the person to get into the frame of mind and to understand what exactly it is that we’re going to be doing with this hypnosis process. How are going to help them change and achieve their goals? And that video is about 10 to 15 minutes long. And then once that video’s complete, I’ll talk a little bit about what hypnosis is and what it isn’t, what the person can expect during this session, give them some simple instructions there at the beginning. Again this only happens during the first session.

And then we begin the hypnosis process. The actual process lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to as long as an hour, just depending on the issue and depending how much time we have left after the initial conversation. Throughout the actual hypnosis process, that includes a series of suggestions and instructions, and each time a client accepts one of those suggestions or follows one of our simple instructions, it gives us, the hypnotists, a clue as to where exactly that person is in the process. How deep are they in hypnosis? Are they still in the light state? Are they in a deeper state? So, it’s very important for our clients to follow those instructions because when they respond to a suggestion that gives us information as to what follow on suggestions we should then apply.

Throughout that process once they’re appropriately deepened, then we apply the appropriate suggestions or ask the appropriate questions to help them make the change within themselves that they would like to make. Everything we say, every question we ask, all of that is geared towards helping that person make the change. There’s no question. There’s no instruction. There’s no suggestion that is extraneous or superfluous or not in line with why the person is there.

Then at the end we help the person to emerge from hypnosis, feeling good, feeling positive, feeling relaxed, feeling optimistic, feeling great on every level, and ready for the rest of the day whether they’re going home or going back to work or going back to school. We see people of all ages. We have seen children as young as six and we’ve seen adults well into their senior years. Everybody that comes here gets a customized experience so there’s really not much more that I can say about what to expect when you come into the office for a session, because each one of those sessions is specially customized for the person who walks in the door. In fact, the approach that we take with with a person may change from session to session so that each time that we’re seeing a person, we’re improving on that experience.

Often people will have a big shift after the first session. That’s very natural, very common. And then after the second or third session, maybe that shift is not quite as dramatic. That’s also completely normal and completely natural and should not come as a surprise. Hypnosis does work very efficiently. It’s not a magic pill, though. So after a hypnosis session, most of our clients feel markedly better, their situation or their control over the situation has markedly improved. I just want to caution anyone watching this video from thinking that hypnosis is a magic bullet where one session is the complete answer and 100% solution to their situation. Just like we don’t go to the doctor’s office or to a psychologist’s office or take a medication and expect that experience, that treatment to resolve the problem in one visit or with one pill. Same thing with hypnosis. It works very efficiently. It works very effectively, especially for those people who are highly motivated and desire change. It does take a couple of iterations for the process to take root and for the process to be permanent. And that’s what we always strive to deliver is a permanent change in that person’s experience and in that person’s paradigm and their perspective on what the problem is.

What Does Hypnosis Feel Like?

 

Hypnosis feels differently for different people. Some people experience hypnosis as a sensation of lightness. Other people feel really heavy when they're in hypnosis and other people actually don't feel any different. They are aware that they're sitting in a chair in an office and they're listening to someone talk to them ... READ MORE

So hypnosis feels differently for different people, and often hypnosis can feel differently for the same person at different sessions. When we do a more interactive session where we have the client speak and answer a question perhaps, when the person’s in a state of answering a question, they will often feel a little bit more awake or more alert. However, that person is still in a state of hypnosis.

Hypnosis can also change. The sensation can change across the course of the session, so I encourage each of my clients to remain open to experiencing the session in whatever way they’re meant to experience it. I encourage them to avoid second guessing or overthinking. Often people will say, “Well, I don’t know if I’m going to do this right. I don’t know if I know how to relax.” There’s no right or wrong way to do hypnosis and actually relaxing is not a prerequisite for being in a state of hypnosis. In fact, a person can come in completely tense and, as long as they follow our suggestions and they follow our simple instructions, they will go into a state of hypnosis if that’s what they want to do. Often relaxation is a byproduct of going into a state of hypnosis, but it’s not exactly the same thing. Relaxation and hypnosis are not exactly the same thing. But everybody that walks out of here after one of our sessions does feel much better, does feel more relaxed, and does feel like they have a better handle and better control over their problem.

What happens if I can't be hypnotized?

 

We get that question a lot and the bottom line is that everyone is hypnotizable. People don't know it, but they go in and out of hypnosis multiple times throughout the day. For example, people daydream or they find themselves zoning out when watching T.V. or getting so engrossed in a good book that they find time just flying by. Each one of those three examples is an example of a person in hypnosis, in a light state of hypnosis ... READ MORE

That’s just to illustrate the fact that hypnosis is not a mystical, magical state of mind. It’s just a state of focused awareness. So if a person can become focused on something, if a person can concentrate on something, then they can definitely go into hypnosis.

All hypnosis is also self-hypnosis. In other words, a person allows themselves to go into hypnosis. Nobody can be made to go into hypnosis against their will. So I just want to reiterate that. Nobody can be made to go into hypnosis against their will. So while everyone is hypnotizable, anyone who doesn’t want to be hypnotized cannot be hypnotized. However, assuming that people who come to our office want to go into hypnosis because they want to use that tool to work through their problems, we’ve never met anyone who is not hypnotizable or who would not allow themselves to be hypnotized. The only thing that could prevent someone from going into hypnosis is fear. For example, if somebody really wants to go into hypnosis, but they fear the process for whatever reason, then that individual wouldn’t allow themselves to go into hypnosis. So, again, anyone can be hypnotized. Anyone who wants to be hypnotized can be hypnotized.

Will I Divulge All My Secrets in Hypnosis?

 

The answer to that question is no. People, while in a state of hypnosis, will not share anything that they would not normally share while in a state of conscious awareness. So, anything that a person would tell me or one of my associates while in the office with their eyes open, will be something that they will be comfortable sharing while in hypnosis ... READ MORE

When a person’s in a state of hypnosis, it’s not as though they’re conscious mind is completely absent. It’s just not interfering and filtering out suggestions, especially suggestions which are aligned with why the person is there in the office.

So anything that the hypnotist says or asks while the person is in a state of hypnosis, as long as that suggestion or question is in line with why the person is there, then the person will feel comfortable answering that question or accepting that suggestion. If, on the other hand, for some unknown reason, the question or the suggestion is not aligned with why the person is there, that person will either not accept the suggestion, outright reject the suggestion, and/or not answer the question. So, again the answer to the question “Will I divulge secrets against my will while in hypnosis?” The answer is no. Anything that a person would not divulge or not share while they’re in a waking state is also something which they will not share or will not divulge while in a state of hypnosis.

How long will it take to see results with hypnosis?

 

That truly depends on the person and the problem. We always see people for a minimum of four sessions and the reason for that is that we've found, over the course of our training and our experience, that four sessions is a reasonable amount of time for people to experience complete, or near complete, resolution of their problem ... READ MORE

And in fact even after the first session, all of our clients walk away feeling that they have better control over their thoughts, their feelings and their behaviors.They feel better, even after one session, than they’ve felt in a long time. We do everything we possibly can to help people in those four sessions. We try to get people to their desired result within those four sessions. From time to time though, people do want to come back for a touch-up session and we welcome and encourage that, of course. Sometimes people will come back once a month or once a quarter for a follow-up session and we just continue to work on that problem or we give them more tools so that they can feel more in control of other areas of their life as well.