Hypnotherapy FAQ

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a highly suggestible state of mind created during times of stress. We all slip in and out of hypnosis. It’s a natural state of mind.

What is Clinical Hypnosis?

Clinical hypnosis utilizes this natural state of mind as a way of bringing about positive life changes in a safe, controlled environment.

What’s the difference between a Hypnotist and Hypnotherapist?

The way hypnosis is used determines what you call a person practicing hypnosis. In general, a hypnotist entertains, while a Hypnotherapist works with clients to change behavior, resolve issues and provide a safe environment conducive to facing life’s challenges.

Can I Be Hypnotized?

Everyone can be hypnotized, as long as you are a willing participant. No one can be forced into hypnosis or made to do things that conflict with their morals, values, or spiritual beliefs.

Will I Be Asleep?

No. While your body is very relaxed, your mind is aware, so you can hear, talk and move.

How Does Hypnotherapy Work?

The human mind has two parts.

  • The Conscious mind: 1% to 12% of the mind handles logic, reason and willpower.
  • The Subconscious mind: 88 to 99% of the mind handles our automatic responses (breathing, etc.), habits and behavior. It has no logic or reason, so it cannot think or analyze.

Hypnotherapy works directly with the subconscious mind.
Once your subconscious learns the desired behavior, the most powerful part of your mind is working with you!

What can I expect when I come for my first session?

The first time you come for therapy, you will be asked to fill out a few personal information profiles to assist the therapist in understanding how you process information. Once you go into session, the therapist will provide a detailed explanation of hypnosis and how it works. Once you understand the process and are comfortable with it, the therapist will begin the hypnotherapy session. The first session usually runs between 2-3 hours.

Is hypnotherapy considered counseling or psychology?

No. Hypnotherapy is only concerned with changing the desired behavior. We do not diagnose, treat or cure. We do work in conjunction with doctors, psychiatrists, psychologist, counselors and social workers.

At Empowerment Strategies Hypnotherapy:

We use a specialized form of hypnosis based on the scientific research of
Dr. John Kappas and Dr Milton Erikson. We work with each individual person in a way that best fits their style of learning, so our clients boast a success rate high above the national average.