Ajamu James Ayinde, A.C.H., Ph.D.
Medical Hypnotherapist,
Master Mental Coach (c)

About Hypnosis

About Hypnosis 

 

 

There are many misconceptions that surround hypnosis. In order to have the most successful experience with hypnosis it is important for the therapist to let the client know what to expect.

What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a safe, naturally occurring state. It is a state of focused attention. While in this state one is more connected to inner resources and receptive to positive suggestions. People experience hypnosis daily:
• driving long distances,
• reading a good book,
• watching a fascinating movie or
• daydreaming
 
What are its health benefits?
Hypnotherapy allows one to:
• mend bone fractures faster,
• reduce the need for pain medication,
• lessen anxiety about having surgery,
• recover quicker from post-operative procedures and
• change unwanted habits, feelings and beliefs

Does a hypnotized person surrender control of his or her mind to the hypnotherapist?
The client is guided by the therapist’s suggestions while remaining fully in control.
• One may refuse any suggestion
• One may emerge from trance at any time
• One cannot divulge secrets
• One cannot do or say anything against his or her morals

Can a hypnotized person be made to act against his or her will?
In the movies this can occur but in real life hypnosis is achieved with the consent of the client and therapy involves having the client fully consider the beliefs and behaviors that have brought him or her to this point. Hypnotherapy helps us to recognize the "trance" that we were already in and choose if we wish to continue it.

What kind of person can be hypnotized?
There is no such thing as an “unhypnotizable” person. Anyone can experience hypnosis and enjoy its benefits. Much depends on the level of trust between the client and therapist and the flexibility of the therapist in finding the right approach for each client.
Good candidates are:
• intelligent
• creative,
• motivated, and
• focused

Will I be "knocked out" and unable to remember what has happened during hypnosis?
This is extremely rare and most therapists rely on a client remembering the session in order to have the conscious mind aligned with the subconscious. Sessions can also be taped for the client.

Does hypnosis have the recognition of the medical community?
In 1958 the American Medical Association recommended that all medical schools include hypnosis in its course of study. Many doctors and dentists use it to soothe patients concerns and lessen post-operative discomfort. Psychologists, psychiatrists and other health professionals use it to assist people to liberate themselves from phobias and unwanted habits.

Personal sessions are available in the Atlanta, GA area, by appointment. The initial session is usually one and half hours. Subsequent sessions are one hour in length. A sliding fee scale is available for those who qualify.
 

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