How Hypnosis works? Does Hypnotherapy really work? Your questions answered HERE!
These questions I get asked a lot so I thought I would answer them in this blog post.
What is Hypnosis?
Okay, so Hypnosis is a pleasant relaxed state of awareness. Everything around you is temporarily suspended as your mind focuses on what the Hypnotherapist says. You listen and follow the instructions of the hypnotherapist and allow your mind to be child like. Completely creative and open. How fun!
What are you actually doing to me with those nice suggestions?
I am accessing your unconscious processes and changing your unconscious neurological habitual pathways.
We all have a conscious mind and an unconscious mind.
Our conscious does all our logical thinking, reasoning and questioning.
Our unconscious does everything that we are not aware of. Blinking….breathing…..walking….the list goes on.
Its like a super computer with a massive database that may need reprogramming if some bits are not working for you. To be specific our unconscious mind operates at 40 million bits of data per second, whereas the conscious mind processes at only 40 bits per second. So the unconscious mind is MUCH more powerful than the conscious mind, and it is the unconscious mind which shapes how we live our life.
So for example if you are a smoker and you consciously want to give up smoking (which is a great start!) you have to reprogram your unconscious processes as well as the conscious. That’s my job! 🙂
Its the same with any habit because our unconscious LOVES habits and stores all our emotions and memories linked with that habit. So changing a habit like Smoking, Compulsive eating, Anxiety etc all change has to be in agreement with the unconscious.
Can anyone be hypnotized?
Where there’s a will there’s a way 🙂
You have to want to change. Really want to change. You have to be open and use that creative childlike part of that you.
We are in some kind of hypnotic state every day of our life. For some, it might be driving along a highway and realizing time has gone by and you have missed your turn off. For others it might be watching a favourite movie or sports game and not realizing someone in the room just called your name or asked you a question. You don’t have to be in the deepest state for change to happen. In fact a lighter state can be extremely powerful.
And so you put me into hypnosis and I’m fixed?
Nup. Sorry there is nothing magical about hypnosis. There is no magic fix or magic pill. Unfortunately the understanding of ‘magic pill’ hypnosis has been widely miss represented in our world and causes a complete lack of responsibility from the clients perspective. Having said that, a hypnotist doing therapy can induce some ‘magic’ moments just in the same way that a stage hypnotist achieves when they induce only a small percentage of their audience. This is the reason for having that integrity and not providing potential clients with a guarantee. You and your hypnotherapist have to work as a team or as i like to say to my clients…like a couple of detectives. One technique may work better than another but its about BOTH of us working together to work out how to change your unconscious processes. Good thing is that the technique that didn’t work that time might be just what you need for a problem in the future. MTPA Sydney Hypnotherapy gives you a tool box full of helpful mind tools.
How long does it take?
Clients usually see me for a minimum of 3 sessions. Depending on the problem they may see me for up to 6. See below the stats revealed on how effective hypnosis is over that time.
A survey of psychotherapy literature by Alfred A. Barrios, Ph.D. revealed the following recovery rates:
Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions
Behavior therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions
Hypnotherapy: 93% after 6 sessions
Can you control me?
ahaha If that was the case I would be sipping cocktails with Michael Fassbender in Fiji. But alas no 🙁
Your unconscious mind is there to protect you. And will not do anything that you don’t want to do.
On that note I hope this all helps you have a better understanding but now i have a strange impulse to do some hypnosis and imagine myself sipping cocktails with Fassy…..Remember the unconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between imagination and reality. Yesssssss!!!
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