Frequently Asked Questions About Hypnosis
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What is hypnosis?
The debate is still ongoing. Some say it is an 'altered state of consciousness', however since there is no agreed upon definition of consciousness the debate continues. For our purposes here I will be referring to hypnosis as a calm, relaxed and focused feeling and/or state of being. For more information about hypnotherapy you can visit this page for a more detailed description.
Is hypnosis real?
Yes! Studies measuring brain activity have shown that hypnosis and hypnotic suggestions alter the way that the brain processes information. These studies have also proven that hypnosis can be an effective treatment a multitude of issues including but not limited to; pain, depression, anxiety, stress disorders, psychosomatic illnesses, etc. It has also been found to be helpful in altering belief systems and removing/minimizing the effects of trauma including PTSD.
Can anyone be hypnotized?
Yes, everybody is hypnotizable to some extent and some more than others. The measurement of a person's "hypnotizability" is called suggestibility and is typically rated from low to high. Approximately 80% of people rate in the medium category, leaving 10% in the high category and 10% in the low category. This means that 90% of people can experience and benefit from hypnosis while 10% tend to be more resistant to "hypnotic influence". In my personal opinion I believe everyone can be hypnotized, it's just that not everyone can be hypnotized in the same way or under the same conditions is all. If you believe yourself to be in the low 10% there are still ways in which you can benefit from hypnotherapy.
Is hypnosis safe?
Yes. So long as it is performed by a professionally trained and qualified hypnotist, hypnosis is perfectly safe with no negative side effects.
Can I get stuck in hypnosis?
No. Hypnosis is simply a state of being. Just as hunger is a state of being and boredom is a state of being. You cannot get stuck in these states just as you cannot get stuck in the state of sleep, or the state of wide awake. You cannot get stuck in the state of hypnosis or trance.
Is hypnosis as effective online as in person?
Yes. For the purposes of therapy, online is more than sufficient for the work performed at Zen Level Therapy.
It says you are also a street/stage hypnotist, what does that mean?
Stage hypnosis and hypnotherapy are two drastically different approaches to utilizing hypnosis. It simply means that I am versed and educated in multiple forms of hypnosis and wield a greater knowledge of hypnosis and it's usages than a standard hypnotist, or hypnotherapist.
Will I bark like a dog, or do those crazy things I see on stage?
Only you truly know what it is you need to move through the process of change. If it happens to be barking like a dog then, who am I to judge. To answer the question though; I never have and never will embarrass, humiliate, or suggest anything that is unnecessary to my clients. Ever.
Is hypnosis like truth serum?
No. You are perfectly capable of lying, or not answering questions while under hypnosis. Hypnosis will not make you do, or say anything you wouldn't normally be capable or comfortable doing or saying under normal conditions.
Is NLP hypnosis?
In short, I would say no. NLP, or neuro-linguistic programming, is more like a set of diagnostic tools while hypnosis is more like a vehicle.
Is hypnosis covered under insurance?
It's a truly unfortunate joke that insurance companies don't seem to like covering things that actually work. So in most cases the answer will be no. Now, if you have a flex, or health spending account, you can check to see if they will reimburse you for sessions (some of my clients have had success with this). That said, I strongly recommend you call and/or email your insurance company asking for coverage to alternative forms of mental health services such as hypnotherapy. People should have the right to choose the best form of therapy for them and at least see some kind of coverage. This is something that absolutely must change.
Is there anything hypnosis can 'fix' in one session?
There are quite a few things that generally require only one session. Fears and phobias is one. Pain removal/minimization in most cases can be dealt with in one session. The emotional charge of abuse/trauma and PTSD can oftentimes be dealt with in one session. We are one-time learners biologically however it really comes down to what a person believes they are and where the person is currently at in their process. This makes it difficult to give an exact answer to this question.
Is there anything hypnosis can NOT help with?
So far as I am aware, hypnosis can help with anything that is not considered 'organic damage'. For example, hypnosis cannot regrow a limb. Don't quote me on that, I've never actually tried it so I don't know for sure. However the overall consensus is that, it's not likely going to happen. That said, I was able to remove a blind spot in a client's vision, so who is to say what can and can't be done.
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