Q: Will I be out of control during hypnosis? I don’t want to be out of control during hypnosis.
A: You remain in control and aware while in hypnosis.
In a session with me, a client remains in control and in most cases has a heightened state of awareness. In most of my hypnotherapy sessions I guide my client into a light trance state so we can have whatever appropriate degree of dialogue between us. It’s true that in very deep trance states, one might let go of conscious awareness; but the subconscious is always aware and is able to hear and accept suggestions and follow instructions. For the work I do, I do not induce very deep trance states. Most NLP processes do not involve hypnotic induction at all.
Q: Can you make me do something I don’t want to do?
A: You accept only those suggestions that are pleasant and align with your goals, morals, and values.
In other words, I can’t make you cluck like a chicken, unless you want to cluck like a chicken. There’s a myth propagated by some stage hypnotists and Hollywood that a hypnotist can make you do things you don’t want to do. In the case of stage hypnotism, the hypnotist has a knack for selecting people who are willing to respond and participate in the show. All those up on the stage barking like dogs and waddling like ducks actually want (or at least are willing) to do so. In the case of Hollywood. . . anything goes for the sake of entertainment. In private sessions I work with you to custom design suggestions that you resonate with and that are the most well suited for your unique needs and your goals.
Q: What if I can’t be hypnotized?
A: Anyone with an open mind, reasonable intelligence, and ability to concentrate can go into hypnosis – it’s completely natural; we do it every day.
Even those who are “strong-minded” can go into hypnosis. Remember, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. A practitioner guides a client to go into trance, the client allows herself to go into a hypnotic trance state. If you want to go into hypnosis, you can and you will. Hypnosis is a skill that is developed with practice, just like meditation.