Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are all hypnotherapists the same?
Answer: No. When looking for a hypnotherapist, make sure to ask them when they were trained and how long it took. Due to the fact that hypnotherapy is not regulated in most parts, people can technically have the title as a hypnotherapist after a week course. At Lighten Up Therapy, our therapists hold the highest standards and training available. They are required to complete two years of training with at least 120 practicum hours.
Q: Will the hypnotherapist have complete control over me?
Answer: NO! Movies and stage hypnosis have created a stigma suggesting participants are being controlled, but this is a myth. All hypnosis is self hypnosis, meaning YOU are in complete control. Clients can accept or reject suggestions at any time or become consciously awake to stop the session. If hypnotherapists did have control over others, the practice would be reserved to a select few people who rule the world. Obviously, that is not the case.
Q: What happens in a hypnotherapy session?
Answer: During a session, the hypnotherapist discuss desired outcomes and goals. The hypnotherapists will then, with the client’s permissions, assist them in getting into a hypnotic state. At this point, depending on the hypnotherapist’s level of training, they will together rewrite unsupportive beliefs into positive empowering ones, heal traumatic events from the past, explore past life experiences, regress back to childhood to uncover the root cause of today’s issue, etc. The client is in complete control and involved in the process. At the end, the hypnotherapist will assist the client to come into a higher level of conscious awareness.
Q: How does hypnotherapy work?
Answer: We all have beliefs with a majority of them formed between the ages of 5-12. These beliefs direct our lives and our choices. Many of these beliefs we are not consciously unaware of because we keep them locked away in our subconscious mind. Using hypnosis, however we can uncover negative or unsupportive beliefs and rewrite them into positive ones that will get you the results you desire in your life. If you compare your mind to an iceberg in the ocean, the 1-10% above the water is called the conscious mind. This is the part you are aware of, that analyzes information, and where some of your beliefs are stored. The majority of the iceberg, however is under the water where you can not see or explore without special tools. This 90-99% of your mind ‘below the surface’ is referred to as your subconscious mind. It stores memories, regulates body functions, and hold some of your core beliefs. Using hypnotherapy, we can dive under the surface as see what is holding you back, sabotaging your efforts, and keeping you repeating the same mistakes or life experiences. Without looking under the surface to see what beliefs are running your life, you will continue to struggle, feel hopeless, and most importantly not live the life of your dreams! Hypnotherapy shines the light on those beliefs, so that you can change them and ultimately have a different reality.
Q: Could I stay under and not come out of hypnosis?
Answer: While clients enjoy the extreme relaxation and peace experienced while in hypnosis, they do naturally ‘come out’. In fact, everyone goes into a state of hypnosis throughout their day. Hypnosis is a natural state that is simply created by brain waves fluctuating. Have you ever driven to work and not remembered the drive? Have you ever read a page in a book and not remembered what you just read? These are two examples of being in a light state of hypnosis! Anytime your conscious mind is focused on something and your subconscious mind has taken over, you are in a hypnotic state.
Q: Can the hypnotherapist get secrets or information I don’t want to share out of me?
Answer: You are always in control while you are hypnotized. The hypnotherapist can’t make you do anything or say anything that go against your moral beliefs. Your conscious mind, the part of your mind that analyzes information, is still aware of what is going on while in a hypnotic state. Just like when you are subconsciously driving to work, if another vehicle suddenly crossed the middle line, your conscious mind would kick in as it sensed something out of the ordinary. If the hypnotherapist suggested you do or say something out of the ordinary, your conscious mind would be ready to respond.
Q: What if I can’t be hypnotized?
Answer: This is often a myth created by stage hypnosis shows. What most people don’t understand is that stage hypnosis is geared for participants who are physically suggestible, meaning their subconscious mind hears and responds to suggestions in a specific way. People who have tried to be hypnotized on stage, but “couldn’t be hypnotized” are most likely emotionally suggestible. Their minds hear and respond in a completely different manner than physically suggestible people. One way is not better than the other, it simply is the way the subconscious mind learns. At Lighten Up Therapy, we conduct specific exercises to determine which way your mind works best, so that you can get the most out of your sessions.
Q: Will I be scared?
Answer: Hypnosis is a natural state that we go in and out of throughout the day. For example, you are in a state of hypnosis the two minutes before you fall asleep and the first few minutes when you wake in the morning. Is that a scary experience? Of course not. In fact, it is so peaceful and refreshing that 15 minutes of hypnosis is equal to four hours of sleep for the body! How does it get better than that?!
Q: Can I have negative side effects from hypnosis?
Answer: Since hypnosis is a natural state, it is completely safe! The only side effects you may have are: having a better night sleep, feeling rested and refreshed, increase focus and motivation, feeling happier and more peaceful, etc…
Q: Is the practice of hypnotherapy new?
Answer: Hypnotic trance like states date back in almost every ancient culture. Due to its then unexplained success rate, it was sometimes considered witchcraft or voodoo. Dr. Esdaile in the mid to late 1800’s performed many surgical amputations, eye operations, and removed organs using only hypnosis as an anasethetic. Not only were the surgeries successful, patients recovery times were quicker. With modern science better understanding of how the mind works, hypnotherapy is becoming a popular tool for alternative medicine and healing as well as changing unwanted behaviours.