How many sessions will I neeD?
Most people achieve results in a few sessions. Hypnotherapy is a much more rapid alternative to many traditional "talk therapies". A survey of scientific literature found that psychotherapy can be expected to have a 38% success rate after 600 sessions whereas hypnotherapy can be expected to have a 93% success rate after an average of SIX sessions. (Source: Barrios, Alfred A, "Hypnotherapy: A Reappraisal," Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 1970).
I offer one special 90-minute smoking cessation session. Many people get results with just this one session. For best results I recommend following up with one or more hour-long sessions in order to reinforce habits and beliefs that are hard to change.
Is hypnosis safe?
Absolutely. It is a natural state of consciousness we go in and out of every day. Whenever you are absorbed in a daydream, film, book, hobby or sport you are in a natural hypnotic trance. You are awake and aware, but your conscious mind is distracted.
What if I can't be hypnotized?
Everyone can be hypnotized. In fact, we hypnotize ourselves on a regular basis. Any time we think about ourselves successfully achieving something in the past or in the future, we are using the power of our imagination to create it. Professional athletes do this all the time. Gymnasts, for example, see, feel, and hear themselves making the perfect leap, hand stand, or landing. Athletes are also taught how to stay 'in the flow' so that nothing will disrupt their focus, concentration and poise.
Will I remember what happens?
Yes. During a hypnotherapy session you will hear and remember everything. You are aware of your surroundings, yet you feel so relaxed that the usual distractions fade out. In other words, you are more interested in and focused on your inner experience.
Will I be in control during a session?
Absolutely. You are always in control of what you say and do. In fact, there is an underlying assumption in the field that "all hypnosis is self-hypnosis" because no one can make you relax, nor can you be made to do anything against your will in this state. As a client, you will not be told to do anything but rather asked. Your permission is always required every step of the way. This is how mutual respect and safety are created in the counseling relationship.
Can you tell me about self-hypnosis?
Ultimately all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. In the words of Albert Schweitzer, M.D., "Patients carry their own doctor inside. They come to us not knowing that truth. We are at our best when we give the physician who resides within each patient a chance to go to work."