What is hypnosis?
Most people are surprised to find out that hypnosis is actually a normal state of mind that every person experiences almost every day of their lives. While it may conjure up images of mind control or a loss of awareness, clinical studies have shown that people can achieve a greater awareness of their environment during hypnosis.
Hypnosis is an extremely efficient state of mind artists and athletes refer to as “Being in the Zone”. Hypnotherapy, then, is getting into that state of mind on purpose and using it for some pre-selected reason.
How does hypnosis work?
Hypnosis works by altering your state of consciousness in such a way that the analytical left side of the brain is turned off, while the non-analytical right side is made more alert.
Since the unconscious mind is a deeper-rooted, more instinctive force than the conscious mind, this is the part which has to change the patient’s behavior to alter.
For example, a patient who wants to stop smoking may try everything they consciously can to quit, but they will still fail as long as their unconscious mind retains the urge to smoke. Progress can only be made by reprogramming the unconscious with smoking hypnosis so that deeply seated urges are diminished and beliefs that they cannot quit are abolished. My success rate for smoking hypnosis in Philadelphia and beyond is very high.
How many sessions will it take to work?
The number of sessions required depends on the type of problem, severity, and your motivation to change.
Is being hypnotized like being asleep?
Although you are in a very relaxed state, hypnosis is not like being asleep since you are aware of everything around you. Hypnosis is much more similar to meditation, where you have a strong internal focus and are very relaxed, yet you are in complete control.
Unlike sleeping, where you feel as if you are a passive recipient of your dreams, with hypnosis you are actively choosing what to visualize and are hyperattentive to the topic at hand.
Can I be controlled?
Absolutely not! In any hypnotic situation, you are always in control.
Can I be made to do something against my will?
No. You will not do anything that is against your own morals or self-preservation instinct. In addition, our professionalism and a strict code of ethics mean that you need not worry.
Do I need to feel like I have been hypnotized for it to work?
Some people come out of a session and do not believe that they were hypnotized because they do not have a clear conception of how hypnotism is supposed to feel.
Since a person is completely aware under hypnosis and they do not experience a loss of control, some people will claim that they did not go “under”.
Interestingly enough, it is very common for these people to completely change their habits after being hypnotized, claiming that they just “suddenly realized” how important it was for them to change.
Will I be asleep during hypnosis?
No. Contrary to popular belief, you will not be asleep; you’ll be aware of what I am saying and will find it very relaxing. The hypnotized individual is always aware of what is occurring. In fact, hypnosis is a heightened state of awareness.