Q. What is Hypnosis?
A. A state of relaxation that the average individual reaches at least a couple of times a day. Light hypnosis is accomplished when one is absorbed in a TV program, experiencing repetition (highway driving) or daydreaming for example. The difference in Hypnotherapy is that it is “Guided Relaxation” where ideas expressed (suggestions) generally are remembered more readily, which in turn creates a new awareness – an attitude shift about specific subjects (such as habits & stress). The only requirement for getting results in using the power of the subconscious mind is that the person consciously wants to change.
Q. What can Hypnotherapy do?
A. Reduces stress, raises self-esteem, modifies habits, promotes wellness, encourages joyful living, invites prosperity and abundance, and explores spiritual growth.
Q. Am I unconscious during hypnosis?
A. No, hypnotherapy is a pleasant experience. You will always be fully aware of your surroundings and everything that's happening unless you become so relaxed that you drift into a natural sleep. At that point you go out of hypnosis and need to be told to wake up.
Q. Do people do things under hypnosis that is against their morals?
A. No. Nobody ever does anything against his or her own morals & judgment. You will have a heightened sense of awareness and focus but can never be made to do anything you would not normally do. If you were told to do something out of character or against your morals, you would openly disagree and awaken.
Q. Do you erase a person’s memory?
A. No, but you can help a person transform a memory which may be causing them problems. In the subconscious mind are memories that generally are responsible for our decisions, attitudes, feelings and behaviors.
Q. Can everyone be hypnotized?
A. Yes, as long as they have the ability to concentrate as most people do; the stronger the concentration, the deeper the relaxation.
Q. How long is a session?
A. An initial consultation is always offered to determine if hypnotherapy will help you. These sessions last for approximately 90 minutes. Each regular session thereafter is approximately 60 minutes in duration. Specialized sessions like Past Life regression and Life between Lives are longer.
Q. How many sessions will I need?
A. The number of sessions will vary from person to person, as each persons needs are different. This number will vary according to the nature of your present issues and the depth to which you would like to explore these issues.
Q. How confidential is counseling?
A. All sessions will be private and confidential.
Q. Are you able to see children?
A. I am sorry but I am unable to offer counseling to families and children.
Q. Do you treat addictions?
A. I do not see those who are addicted to substances as this is a specialized area.
Q. How long does a cure produced by hypnosis actually last?
A. This depends on how much subconscious change is brought about in the first place. Hypnosis helps to make the change process easier and more natural so that the desired changes seem effortless. If a change has been made to a flawed fundamental belief system, then the cure will be permanent and last for a lifetime. If only superficial changes have been made, then it might be only a few days or weeks. This however will still allow a window of opportunity to occur in a person’s life for change to happen. Those people who are motivated to change have the most success.
Q. Does it always work?
A. No, no more than any other form of medicine, complimentary OR orthodox does. If I detect our sessions together are not benefiting you, you will be released so that you may seek the help you need. Sometimes another hypnotherapist might produce the desired result where I could not, because of the different client/therapist 'mix'.
Q. What ethical, legal and moral issues are involved in the use of hypnosis?
A. From a professional point of view, hypnosis should be used ONLY for the benefit of patients and clients - and not for any other reason at all. I do work in accordance with the code of ethics set out by the National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists. For more information go to http://holistictree.com
Q. Can it do me any harm?
A. Hypnosis is as safe as falling asleep. Hypnosis is deep relaxation with suggestion and guidance from the hypnotherapist as to where your subconscious mind needs to focus. There is nothing harmful in relaxation. Many people have received great benefit from the experience.
Q. Is there anybody who should not be hypnotized?
A. To a large extent, it depends on the sort of therapy being employed. Some argue that anybody suffering from epilepsy should never be hypnotized, however no literature has cited an epileptic fit being triggered by hypnosis. That said if you suffer from epilepsy, then I do not advise hypnosis other than under the supervision of your medical doctor or a psychiatrist.
Where psychotic individuals are concerned, I am not skilled or experienced to work with them. Regression/analytical therapy is also best avoided with pregnant women and heart attack/stroke victims.
Q. What Is Transpersonal Hypnotherapy?
A. Transpersonal Hypnotherapy is an orientation toward hypnotherapy that is shared by an increasing number of holistically oriented practitioners who are ready to take the concept of holism to the next logical step. In transpersonal hypnotherapy, there is an emphasis on the innate spiritual resources within each individual, along with the assumption that the guidance of a higher power will prevail within the therapeutic relationship, synchronistically bringing those insights and experiences that lead to the client’s highest good.
Q. What is Past Life Regression?
A. Past Life Regression session is related to hypnosis but other terminology can be used to discuss it. Actually, it is a reflection upon the soul’s journey. Your reflection upon the past can bring meaning, understanding, and insight to the present and it can reveal implications for working with issues in the future. The main goal of doing a Past Life Regression is to focus upon the discovery of the original causes (Root Cause) of a client's issue and to re-learn one's life purpose -- the lesson that was set for this current incarnation. Spiritual regression into the soul-state can have therapeutic effects when there is insight into the real self. The process allows for greater understanding of the conscious mind. You see a true portrait of yourself as a spiritual being. You’ll tend to identify with the soul’s desires. When you interpret the spiritual advice, you will be ready to structure, or to restructure, the new awareness and to apply it anew in your life. By changing your perspective and then by restructuring your model of the world and of who you really are as a soul, you’ll get a more positive view, which enables you to move forward in spiritual evolution. In spiritual regression, you’ll do all of the work. The therapist is just collecting the information for you to use at the conscious level.
Q. What is Life Between Lives?
A: A LBL session is not a Past Life Regression but an extension of a PLR because the session does not end at the death in the past life. We continue beyond death and into the afterlife. This is the place our immortal soul calls home, the realm where we all go when our soul leaves our physical body, the place between our lifetimes. It is here in our spiritual home we can explore the many places, including classrooms, healing areas, or library where the Akashic records are stored. You may spend time with your personal guides, soul group friends, council of Elders or Wise beings where you are able to discuss promises, contracts or agreements you might have made in past lives, as well as in your current life, including some that may no longer serve and can assist you to realize the power and choices you have now, even in challenging situations.
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