Hypnosis is scientifically proven to be a powerful, safe, and effective therapeutic technique for improving the quality of our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
The many benefits of clinical hypnosis are supported by the scientific community, particularly research that lends greater scientific credibility to the use of hypnosis and hypnotherapy as an adjunct to patient care for accelerating their healing, aiding recovery from medical procedures, controlling pain, and improving compliance with their treatment plan. This evidence based modality is cited by nearly 10,000 studies in medical literature.
The more appropriate question may be "do I want to be hypnotized?", as one of the greatest predictors of responsiveness to this healing modality is desire. Research shows that at the first session, approximately 95% of clients will experience some level of trance and these percentages increase with education and conditioning; 5% are unresponsive by their choice. If you don't want to be hypnotized, you wont! Some people think that because they are "strong minded" or highly intellectualized that they cannot be hypnotized. Just the opposite is true, as the more intelligent and creative individuals find they usually easily go into hypnosis once they learn how to put the power of their mind to work. Amy will work with you to assess your experience in hypnosis, teach you how to improve your experience, and determine if this is right for you. With practice everyone can improve responsiveness if they bring a desire for change. A study by Hilgard & Weitezenhoffer, authors of the Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale, found there to be no relationship between first time responsiveness (level of trance) and therapeutic outcome, so practice, practice, practice!
Some people report feeling like they are light as a feather and floating while in trance; while others report a heavy, grounding, warming sensation. Everyone's trance experience is unique to them, and may differ from session to session. Some people may not "feel" like they were in a light trance at first, because they report being aware of their surroundings. You do not lose consciousness in hypnosis, it is not the same as sleep, and you can remain aware of everything in your environment if you choose. In hypnosis what we pay attention to controls our experience. So if we focus on relaxing our mind, often thoughts slow down; relaxing our body, often tension is released. Most people report a sense of calm and feeling of relaxation.
No. You will not lose control of your behavior or do anything that is outside of your moral code. You do not surrender your will or power to the hypnotist. This is because the ego is present during hypnosis and is a protection mechanism. Hypnosis is not a form of brainwashing. If it were, than hypnotherapy would be 100% effective! The reality is that even when properly applied, hypnotherapy is only 70-80% effective for stopping smoking, for example. Relaxing the mind through hypnosis makes it easier for you to accept and experience positive and therapeutic suggestions (to achieve your goal), but it does not force you to have these experiences unless desired.
Generally it takes 3-6 sessions to achieve most goals. The first session at Hypnosis for a Change you can expect to spend 2 hours to allow for in-depth interviewing and clearly defining your goal, education, creating therapeutic suggestions specifically for you and practicing hypnosis. Following sessions are typically 90 minutes.