FAQs about Hypnotherapy
WHAT HAPPENS FIRST?
If you have questions, the first step would be to contact our office and get any questions you may have answered. Due to the nature of the hypnotherapeutic relationship, it is vital for us to make sure we are a good fit for each other before we proceed. Therefore, I offer a 15-minute telephone No-Cost Consultation to all potential clients. When you’re ready to proceed, please schedule your No-Cost Consultation with me on our Calendar. If you don’t see a day/time that you need, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know your availability. If the consultation reveals that we are not a good fit or your needs are not within the scope of what I offer, I encourage you to learn more about my colleagues at Wise Counsel & Comfort.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A CONSULTATION?
During this consultation we will discuss what you want to achieve. We typically talk about the mind, about hypnotherapy and how it works, and how it may apply to your particular intentions. We will also address any questions or ideas that you may have about hypnosis or hypnotherapy.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A SESSION?
During all sessions we focus on what you want to transform or achieve, with you as the "co-therapist." As the "co-therapist," you are empowered and are your own authority in your process of transformation. Initial sessions may take a little more time. We may do a couple of exercises that will show you how hypnosis works. At all sessions we will review any recurring thought patterns or emotional patterns you've been experiencing, as well as what you want to achieve. Together we will determine the best approach to take or methods to use on your path to transformation. Our discussion also helps me to personalize your therapeutic suggestions.
HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR MY FIRST SESSION?
· Wear comfortable clothes and use the restroom just before your appointment.
· Don’t hesitate to ask all questions or express any concerns. This provides an opportunity for us to clear up any concerns or misconceptions early on so that you can feel at ease.
· Have confidence that hypnotherapy will work for you! You are the co-therapist - you have more power than you may realize.
HOW DO I PAY?
Pay via our online store.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
The number of sessions will vary depending upon your goal and/or issue, your desired outcomes, determination, and readiness for change. Many clients experience positive results after one session, and some fully achieve their goals after a couple of sessions, however, most average three to six sessions to fully reach their goals. Some clients choose to do longer term hypnotherapy as a means to personal growth and development as they unravel more and more things they wish to transform.
WHAT TYPES OF SESSIONS DO YOU OFFER?
Sessions are currently conducted worldwide via secure, HIPAA compliant video and in-person at our office location in Lake Oswego, Oregon USA one day a week. When you schedule an appointment for a remote session, you will receive a confirmation email with the video link or telephone number to call.
CAN ANYONE BE HYPNOTIZED?
It has been said that "all hypnosis is self-hypnosis," and this is absolutely true because hypnosis is a natural, yet altered state. Natural and normal because we pop in and out of trance (alpha brain wave states) throughout our days. It's just that most people aren't taught how to use those trance states in productive ways that open desirable doors for them. Experiencing an induced trance by someone else requires rapport, trust, relaxation, concentration, and the ability to follow instructions. It is a common misconception that only weak-willed, “suggestible” people can be hypnotized. Many people confuse "suggestibility" with another concept, "gullibility." Gullibility is when someone uncritically accepts ideas, whereas suggestibility is a measure of the degree to which your brain and nervous system respond to incoming ideas. Gullibility is undesirable, suggestibility is desirable. Just about anyone can be hypnotized—if they are willing and ready for change. And if they have the ability to follow instructions, etc. The only other exceptions may be people who have IQs significantly below average or are suffering from certain psychological disorders.
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO BE IN TRANCE?
How many times have you been mesmerized by something, and so captured by it that it was like you were in a trance? If you are like most people, the answer is every day. We all experience trance states on a daily basis. Have you ever been so engaged in a good book or movie that you didn’t hear your name being called? Or have you ever been driving and arrived at your destination only to realize that you don’t remember driving there? If so, then you have been in a trance state! In a hypnotherapy session, when you enter into trance, everything seems to dissolve and your attention is fixed on what you want to accomplish.
You won’t be asleep—that is a common misconception. You will be fully alert and aware of everything going on around you; even experiencing hyper-acuity. You will remember everything that you want to remember about your session. As you open the door to your own inner awareness and deeper wisdom during a session, you will likely continue to have more and more insights and make discoveries about it in the days that follow.
AM I GIVING OVER MY CONTROL? CAN A HYPNOTHERAPIST MAKE ME DO SOMETHING I DON’T WANT TO DO?
While in hypnosis *you* are in charge. “All hypnosis is self-hypnosis.” In fact, hypnosis is a state of heightened awareness. Unfortunately, many people are introduced to hypnosis through Hollywood depictions or stage shows, where the hypnotist appears to control his or her subjects, making them do silly things for entertainment purposes. The fact is that hypnosis requires consent. The audience members who participate in those shows, volunteer to be there, to go on stage, and they have a choice in following the hypnotist’s suggestions.
Be assured that if a hypnotherapist ever suggested that you do something that you felt uncomfortable with, you would either simply ignore the suggestion or you would come right out of trance. We're all equipped with this internal safety mechanism. While in a trance you cannot do anything that is against your will, your morals and you are more in touch with and aligned with your deeply held values. Nor will you blurt out your deep dark secrets. You have a choice in whether or not you want to share your insights and discoveries and with whom.
CAN I GET STUCK IN A TRANCE?
Absolutely not. Anytime you are in trance you have the option of coming out of hypnosis on your own. You are "co-therapist" and have control. Almost everyone finds hypnosis a profoundly relaxing and healing state, and so most people have no desire to come out until the session is complete. If a fire alarm went off during a session, you would be the first one to pop right up out of the chair ready to run to the nearest exit. While in the trance state, you will have access to deeper subconscious knowledge, but your conscious mind is really close by and your protective mechanisms remain in place.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO "REPROGRAM" MY MIND?
This is a very good question because "programming" is a word that is often used! The word "programming" as it relates to the mind is simply referring to how our subconscious operates. Beneath the surface of our conscious level of awareness, we are unconsciously "programmed" by our environment and environmental influences simply due to the nature of our subconscious. Our subconscious mind operates very similarly to a core computer program – it stores and retrieves data, and it responds exactly the way it is programmed. It is very literal. It is keen on making associations and continually strives to fulfill the agenda for which it is programmed by making everything you perceive, think, say and do fit a pattern consistent with your core programming. It is always recording and stores all of your memories, beliefs and scripts. Thus, we are all already "programmed" by our parents, teachers, siblings and the news on TV. Everything in our environment is potentially programming our subconscious because unconsciously we record all that is happening in the world around us. Issues arise when our existing programs drive unhealthy behaviors, limit our abilities and block our joy. In hypnotherapy we work together to alter the existing programs that are limiting you and keeping you from reaching your highest potentials so that you can be free and unencumbered in creating the life you desire.
HOW IS HYPNOTHERAPY DIFFERENT FROM PSYCHOTHERAPY?
There are quite a few differences. Hypnotherapy is a wonderful complement to psychotherapy, and it is not a replacement. Psychotherapy or "talk therapy" is generally long-term therapy. Hypnotherapy is short-term; most issues addressed or goals achieved in 4 to 6 sessions. In hypnotherapy we talk directly to the subconscious mind instead of doing analysis. I don't know the meaning of your dream, but your subconscious does! In both instances the therapist strives to empower a person to access their own inner resources and feel better. It's my standard of practice to collaborate with other mental health professionals when applicable, so that my clients get the best care possible from their team.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HYPNOTHERAPIST AND A HYPNOTIST?
Hypnotists have minimum training and primarily induce trance states and deliver positive suggestions. Most stage hypnotists are hypnotists. Hypnotherapists generally have more extensive training. A hypnotherapist uses hypnosis for therapeutic work and facilitates problem solving at a deeper level.
WHAT IS A “CLINICAL" HYPNOTHERAPIST?
"Clinical" hypnotherapists are medical support hypnotherapists who have additional training and certification in accelerated healing and pain control. Clinical hypnotherapy is a fabulous adjunct to medical or dental treatment. Not all medical support or clinical hypnotherapists are qualified to be certified by the International Board of Hypnotherapy (IBH). The IBH has rigorous certification requirements so that consumers, health and counseling agencies, clinics and hospitals can be assured they are engaging a highly qualified practitioner when they work with an IBH Fellow such as Lisa Smole. See InternationalBoardofHypnotherapy.com for more information on Level 3 Certified Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapists.
In no way are Align Within or Lisa Smole’s services to be interpreted as providing medical or psychiatric services. Hypnotherapy services are not offered as a replacement for counseling, psychotherapy, psychiatric or medical or dental treatment. No service or product provided is intended to diagnose or treat any disease, illness or condition. Hypnotherapy is an educational process that facilitates access to internal resources that assist people in increasing motivation, or altering behavior patterns to create positive change. The education of hypnotherapy is classified under Human Services in the Health and Human Services Division of the Classification of Instructional Programs by the United States Department of Education.