How long does a hypnotherapy session last?
The first session usually requires 90 minutes and thereafter no more than 60 minutes.
How much does it cost?
A single session is $135 but pay for two sessions in advance and pay just $250. If your issue is resolved after the first session, you can use the next session for anything else you would like to address.
How many sessions do I need?
This varies depending on what the issue is and how complex that issue is.
If your issue is resolved after just one session you are free to use that remaining prepaid session for anything else within a 3 month period.
Can everyone be hypnotised?
If you can daydream, you can be hypnotised. If you drift off at the traffic lights only to have someone behind you beep to remind you its time to move on, then you have been in a trance. If you get lost in a good story, film or music, then you too have been in a trance. Some people want to analyse what is being said to them, and wonder why it is being said. If you do this your session is not as likely to be successful but I can help make that session work for you.
How long will the changes last?
As long as you want them to and why would you want to go back to those negative ways of being that you have eliminated.
What do I need to bring with me?
For a successful session please bring your imagination. Don’t worry if you haven’t used it in a while it will work for you now.
- Please bring an open mind as a closed mind will limit your success.
- Please bring with you trust.
- Trust that I am an experienced hypnotherapist and well trained, so that I know what I am doing.
- Trust that I will keep you safe at all times.
- Trust that you will have full control at all times during the session.
- Please bring with you positive expectations of the changes you want.
- Other than that just turn up on time for your appointment.
Who is in control during a hypnotic session?
Most people believe that they are surrendering their will power to another and then become fearful that something bad will happen to them.
The actual truth is that you as the client are always in control of the session.
You determine how deeply you will go into trance.
You actually determine the level of success of a session.
You determine whether you will follow my suggestions, or not.
The hypnotherapist is a facilitator, that guides you to the outcome that you want.
Why do we use this natural state to bring about change?
There is less resistance to change while you are in a trance state.
There is a concentrated focused attention. Our natural awareness is like a wide beam torch while in the trance state it becomes similar to laser beam.
All change happens in the subconscious mind and that is precisely where hypnotherapy operates.
Hypnosis opens up the neurological pathways between conscious thought processing and subconscious activity and function. By using the trance state we have access to the part of the brain, the subconscious, that accepts new ideas without blocking or rationalising them away.
Is hypnosis an altered state of mind?
No more than any time you have a daydream.
Research shows that there is a change in brain activity but there is also a change in brain activity when you sleep or meditate, day dream or get lost in a book or film or listening to music.
How will I know it has worked?
Well, that does depend on you and the issue.
You may find that immediately you have no cravings for cigarettes, or that feeling of no desire may just creep up on you.
One woman smoked all her pack of cigarettes over days after her session and then gave up completely. Some give up straight away.
You may find you get less angry (if that was your issue) over days and weeks, and find you just don’t react to triggers anymore.
What can hypnosis do for me that I can’t already do for myself?
Working with a hypnotherapist in a lovely deep trance means you are more receptive to the suggestions and that you can completely relax. You can relax more and be more accepting of the suggestions rather than trying to do it yourself.
Is clinical hypnosis like stage hypnosis?
Stage hypnosis is for entertainment.
Only the most suggestible people are selected.
People know that they are there for entertainment.
No therapy provided.
Will I lose my free will and will I accept all suggestions?
No you will not lose your free will.
It is actually thought that in fact, you may become more assertive after hypnotherapy.
You are perfectly able to ignore any suggestions that you deem inappropriate or you can bring yourself out of trance if something is not acceptable to you.
You can filter out suggestions that do not apply while still accepting those suggestions that you deem positive and helpful.
Can I get stuck in hypnosis?
This is just another media myth and it is just not possible.
Who has ever got stuck in a daydream? No one!
Sometimes people don’t want to come out of that lovely trance and I then have to encourage them to awaken and then they might then say to me grumpily:
“I was having such a lovely time I didn’t want to come out.”
If I had left them to it they would have eventually emerged of their own accord but time doesn’t allow for such luxuries.
I am super-intelligent and therefore I can not be hypnotised, can I? or I’ve heard that not everyone be hypnotised?
Many people believe this to be true and I suspect this idea came about in the early years of the 20th century when research into hypnotherapy was prominent. Research requires standardised processes which does not cater to the individual needs. I suspect further that the techniques used were not as elegant as today’s techniques.
It is my belief and experience that everyone can be hypnotised. I often ask if they can daydream, because if you can daydream, you can be hypnotised. It is my job to ensure that you get into trance no matter how who you are. It’s all about matching the right technique with the right person.
I fell asleep during the session so it won’t work for me will it?
Yes, surprisingly it will.
Your hearing is the last thing to leave you and your subconscious mind is always listening. So i’d prefer you not to go to sleep but if you do, you can still make the changes you want.
People often snore during a session and assume this means that they were asleep but it actually just means they were very deeply relaxed. And its always taken as a compliment by this hypnotherapist.
Hypnotherapy is against my religion.
This is an interesting position that many churches take. It seems they do not understand that their church services are just another form of the trance experience. Hypnotherapy will not put you into contact with the devil. It will not weaken you in any way and will not change your religious beliefs
Old fashioned hypnotherapy used direct authoritarian suggestion ie.
“you are under my control”
” you are going into a deeper and deeper sleep”
“you will never want a cigarette again”
and this may have given rise to the idea of a hypnotherapist having you under their control for ever more.
Modern hypnotherapy is more elegant and refined and allows client to choice the outcome such as
“and you may find in a few moments from now…”
No one can be forcibly hypnotised against their will.
Just because your partner wants you to give up smoking and refers you to me does not mean I can help. You have to be open at least to the possibility of change.
Remember you have all the control!
For more Hypnotherapy FAQ, talk to Arpi on 021 173 9536.