FAQ for Hypnotherapy
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a hyper-focused state of mind or trance state in which your conscious mind (5% of the mind) is able to communicate to your subconscious mind (95% of the mind). Since most human behaviors occur at a subconscious level, hypnosis along with evidence-based psychotherapy techniques are by far the most powerful modality/tool to modify thoughts, feelings, and behavior.
Hypnosis is a completely natural state to which you transition several times a day. Some examples of hypnosis are:
- Zoning out as you drive yourself home but do not recall all the turns or stop lights
- Manifesting true emotions and feelings when watching a film on screen
- Being so deeply invested in a movie/book/video game that time seems to forward itself at a very fast and accelerated pace
These are all examples of being in a state of hypnotic trance. Revibe Therapy can help you learn more about hypnosis.
What is Hypnotherapy?
The combination of hypnosis and psychotherapy is often referred to as Hypnotherapy. Imagine having the traditional techniques and tools used in counseling/psychotherapy with the combination of hypnosis (the hyperperfused trance state). Allowing your mind to be in a trance equips the therapeutic sessions with a much more powerful advantage, as the mind is peacefully focused, aligned, and clear to receive positive change. Hypnotherapy is used to rebalance your mind by influencing changes directly to the subconscious instead of relying on the conscious mind. Four therapy sessions in hypnosis may be equivalent to the work of various years doing weekly sessions via traditional counseling/psychotherapy.
In the mental health field, Hypnotherapy is used to treat phobias, anxiety, depression, ADHD, anger management, stress reduction, personality disorders, twitch disorders, sleep disorders, teeth grinding, sexual problems, alcoholism, drug addiction, smoking cessation, speech disorders, food addiction, weight/fat loss, chronic pain, regression therapy, self-esteem, memory/concentration improvement, and trauma/PTSD. Many evidenced-based psychotherapies, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, can be used in conjunction with hypnosis to make behavioral changes much faster, effective, precise, and permanent. We offer expert hypnotherapy techniques at our offices.
Does Hypnotherapy really work?
This is a definite yes. Hypnosis in recent years has been recognized as an accepted medical therapy to deal with many medical and psychological conditions. Many universities such as Stanford and Harvard have conducted clinical studies in hypnosis and found that hypnosis does in fact alter the brain’s neuro-bio-chemistry patterns and can be used for a multitude of conditions.
The subconscious mind grasps all of our programming, much like a computer. You can be aware in your conscious mind that you want to make a behavioral change and have the willpower to change yourself, but willpower is not infinite on a daily basis, and if your computer is programmed to keep doing what you have been doing, it will be extremely hard to make long-term change unless you change the programming. That is exactly what Hypnotherapy will help you achieve.
During the Hypnotic trance, the mind empowers people to activate neural circuits that are otherwise hidden. This circuitry can activate greater comfort for pain relief, greater mental focus for certain activities, and greater self-esteem. This places you in a much better position to modify thoughts, feelings, and behavior as long as the hypnotized individual wants these changes to happen.
How long is each Hypnotherapy session?
Each hypnotherapy session at Revibe Therapy lasts 45-55 minutes.
What can be treated with Hypnotherapy ?
Hypnotherapy can help treat the following: trauma & PTSD, addiction rehabilitation, weight loss, smoking cessation, anxiety, depression, ADHD, life coaching, anger management, personality disorders, vocational rehabilitation, pain management, erectile dysfunction, test anxiety, panic disorders, twitch disorders, phobias (such as fear of flying, fear of heights, and others), teeth grinding, and sleep disorders.
Medical Conditions must first be ruled out and treated by a qualified physician who can, at their own discretion, prescribe Hypnotherapy as an aiding form of treatment.
What does Hypnosis feel like?
Hypnosis is a very peaceful, tranquil, and serene feeling. Your body is tremendously relaxed but your mind is focused in the present moment. You will feel a sense of renewal and feel reinvigorated after a Hypnotherapy session, especially with the experts at Revibe Therapy.
Will I remain In control during Hypnosis?
Most definitely yes. The human mind can never be compromised, and the only way to get hypnotized is to want to get hypnotized since all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The Hypnotherapist is merely a coach who is teaching you how to hypnotize your mind — all the work will be done by you. Hypnosis actually gives you more control over your mind since your subconscious accounts for the majority of it. During hypnosis it is impossible for you to do something that is outside of your moral values or cognition; in other words, you will not do anything you do not want to do.
How do I know if I can be hypnotized?
Every individual is hypnotizable due to hypnosis being a natural state that humans go into and out of several times during the day even though the subjective experience varies to each individual. There are three types of suggestibility (i.e. how easily a person can be hypnotized):
- Physical Suggestible (moderate to hypnotize) — A Physical suggestible individual is good at following algorithmic instructions, does well academically, can learn theoretical information quickly, and is consistent in decision making. A Physical suggestible is about 30-40% of the world population.
- Emotional Suggestible (high difficulty to hypnotize) — An Emotional suggestible individual is very analytical, especially when attempting to process new information. This individual will question the what, how, when, and where to just about everything on a subconscious and conscious level. This individual may challenge the hypnotic process due to the natural way of questioning new information to a high degree. They are still Hypnotizable, just that it may need more technicality and skill to hypnotize this individual to an appropriate trance level to acquire appropriate entrance for suggestions. This individual is the majority of the population 50-60% of the world population.
- Somnambulist Suggestible (easily hypnotizable) — A Somnambulist suggestible individual is more likely to comply with the hypnotist due to their profound hybrid suggestibility of almost 50% physical and also around 50% emotional. The Somnambulist is most likely to talk in their dreams and even walk during sleep, and is able to learn quickly and analyze simultaneously. A Somnambulist suggestibility is the candidate usually solicited at magic or hypnotic demonstration on stage to mimic an animal or experience temporary amnesia. This individual is only 5-10% of the world population. Although this type of hypnosis is real, it is used for entertainment purposes, not clinical hypnotherapy.
Every individual has physical and emotional percentages; for example, if you are 60% Physical suggestible, then you are 40% Emotional suggestible, and vice versa. If you are 60% Emotional suggestible, then you are 40% Physical suggestible. If you are close to the half and half range, you are most likely a Somnambulist suggestible individual.
Who are the best candidates for hypnosis?
The answer is, all individuals who willingly want to participate in and benefit from hypnosis regardless of suggestibility type. These are the best candidates. Knowing what suggestibility type you fall under only guides the hypnotist to execute the skills and techniques that best fits you, so that you can experience an optimal level of well-being and self-improvement. The fact that you are reading this makes you an excellent candidate for Hypnotherapy.
What is the difference between Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy or Traditional Counseling ?
Hypnotherapy is by far superior in Depth and Speed to any other psychological modality. Hypnotherapy is so powerful at uncovering the subconscious that one Hypnotherapy session, in most cases, has the equivalent result to what in traditional psychotherapy or counseling may take months or even years. This makes sense since your mind is mostly subconscious territory (95% if not more).
The subconscious mind contains everything that has ever happened to you. For this reason, when you use Hypnotherapy to access these moments in your life that have significantly impacted you, the awareness of your true issues surfaces clearly, without the need of any defense mechanism. With this new powerful awareness comes the ability to recognize the true cause of your unwanted behaviors that you have decided to change for yourself. This ability now places you in the best position possible for you to modify and change your thoughts, emotions, and behavior, almost effortlessly.
Do people with a weak mind fall into hypnosis easily?
It is actually backwards: people with higher level IQ have a more amplified hypnotic ability. This is because higher IQ means you will be easily creative and proactive in understanding algorithmic instructions, therefore making the hypnotic experience much more pleasant and effortless. We test you for suggestibility type in our first session, after your Revibe Therapy Consultation.
If you have a history of a psychiatric condition(s), this should be discussed with the clinician on the first encounter to make sure that you are capable of allowing your mind to be borrowed for hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is a consensual state, where you are working in partnership with the hypnotist to achieve your goals. You are in full control of your cognition and in no way are you asleep during the hypnotic process.
Will I cluck like a chicken or bark like a dog?
No, this is mostly seen at a magician presentation or stage hypnotist shows and is used mostly for entertainment purposes; this is also popular on television. This is the type of hypnosis where you will most likely see swinging watches or someone imitating a dog or a chicken on command; this is being done for entertainment purposes and not clinical hypnosis.You may be able to identify that the person participating with the Hypnotist is fully aware and agrees to participate in doing the suggested tricks. By process of elimination, the hypnotist will only select the most easily hypnotizable participants from the crowd — mainly, a somnambulist suggestible.
Somnambulist suggestible individuals also like to be the life of the party, or the entertainer in a group, so it is more likely for a somnambulist suggestible to want to comply with most of the stage hypnosis activities. Hypnotherapy is very different from stage hypnosis. You are completely alert and in full control of your mind and body while in the hypnotic state. You can hear, speak, and even walk around. Your body is relaxed and comfortable. You will never be asked to disclose any secrets or do anything you do not want to do. At Revibe Therapy, hypnosis is strictly used as a healing modality.
Will I lose control over my mind?
Absolutely not! You have much more control over your mind during hypnosis; even your five senses are enhanced during the hypnotic trance. You cannot be hypnotized unwillingly, and you cannot be prompted to do something that is outside of your moral code or say/reveal anything you do not want to.
Is it possible to get stuck in Hypnosis?
No, you are capable of coming out of hypnosis at any moment. Your free will is never compromised during this process. The Hypnotist walks you through going into and out of hypnosis, but this process can be interrupted by you at any moment. During hypnosis, you can move yourself around to adjust your comfort or perform any other light movements while remaining uninterrupted in your hypnotic trance during session.
Is Hypnotherapy Covered by Insurance?
Even though we do not accept insurance, there are some insurance companies that will reimburse you for a portion of your sessions. Most of the insurance companies will cover 50% to 80% percent of the cost of individual therapy if treated by licensed professionals such as ourselves. In every session we provide you with an electronic receipt for you to submit to your insurance company in case they do cover hypnotherapy.
What happens in the first session?
In the first session we discuss your Revibe Therapy intake form which we will discuss in order to address the issue or issues you want to focus on, and what your goals are. We will then have a brief conversation about hypnosis and how hypnosis impacts the mind. We will then conduct some simple tests that will help us identify your suggestibility, which is how you learn and accept suggestions.
Does hypnosis control the mind?
No it does not. Hypnosis, however, does place you in a much better position for you to take control of your mind to make the necessary adjustments, modifications, and changes that you have wanted for yourself.
Is Hypnosis dangerous?
No it is not. Since in this state you are even more aware of your surroundings, cognition, and feelings, you will be able to act accordingly to any situation that requires your immediate attention, even if it means interrupting the session and emerging without the Hypnotist’s instructions.