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
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:
• motivated, and
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
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
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