Why should I consider hypnosis?

Hypnosis is often chosen instead or in conjunction with other therapies because it accesses the most powerful part of your mind , the subconscious , through deep relaxation.

We all store old memories, beliefs or thought patterns (both positive and negative) in our subconscious mind. This is where our repetitive behaviors and physiological programming are stored. Subconscious thoughts and habits occur automatically, like the beating of the heart and breathing. When accessing this part of your mind, you're able to bypass the critical part of the mind (your wake and alert conscience mind) that hinders change and the achievement of goals. This is why hypnosis is such an amazing tool in helping people get rid of unwanted behaviors and programming, such as unworthiness, lack of confidence, addictions, or negative self image to name a few.

University studies have shown, with subconscious treatment (hypnosis) a person can change a behavior within 18 - 28 days versus "conscious level" work which could take 18 - 28 months. This makes hypnosis both cost effective and efficient. At Healing Pathways Hypnosis Center we also work on the original sources of problems, behavioral difficulties and/or unwanted habits, rather than just the symptoms.

How credible or accepted is hypnosis in the medical community?

The credibility and effectiveness of hypnosis has been well documented and acknowledged as a legitimate treatment tool by both the American Medical Association and the National Institute of Health.

Can I be hypnotized?

Just about anyone can hypnotized. The only requirements for hypnosis is that you be open-minded and allow yourself to relax. Most therapy sessions do not require more than a light meditative state which anyone can easily achieve with professional training.

Generally, people with an IQ below 70 or who suffer from a severe mental disability, are not psychologically fit for hypnosis. Although, hypnosis can be an effective treatment for substance addiction, individuals under the influence of alcohol or drugs, during a session, are typically not suitable candidates.

Does having a "strong will" prevent being hypnotized?

There is a myth that only weak-minded people can be hypnotized. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the reverse is true, intelligent and strong-willed individuals are generally very successful with hypnosis. Hypnosis has little to do with willpower since it relies on your willingness and ability to use your imagination, as well as listening and following directions.

Is hypnosis safe?

Hypnosis is just as safe as meditation, listening to music or watching television. The only difference is you will be more relaxed afterwards.

What is the hypnosis experience like?

Hypnosis is a lot like sitting in a recliner and listening to music, or being in deep prayer or meditation. The benefits often include: increased focus, stress reduction, improved sleep and a more positive and confident outlook on life. Typically, 20 minutes of hypnosis is equal to approximately three to four hours of sleep.

How will I know when I'm hypnotized?

In the beginning, many people may not be able to easily tell the difference between a hypnotized state and a "waking" state. In fact, you may just feel deeply relaxed. Most people enter into a mild, natural hypnotic state several times a day without realizing it, such as while driving a familiar route without thinking about it or when "zoning out" while listening to music or watching television.

Is there any physical contact during hypnosis sessions?

With your prior consent, some therapists will touch you on the wrist, shoulder or forehead to test whether you are properly relaxed or to assist you into a deeper state of hypnosis.

Are there any religious conflicts regarding hypnosis?

In 1958, hypnosis was accepted by the Catholic Church as a proper procedure for its members. According to the "New Catholic Encyclopedia", the largest Christian organization in the world feels hypnotism is licit if used for licit purposes'. Hypnotherapy is a very powerful tool which can help people enlist the power of their own mind in order to solve their problems. For many religions, the effect is similar to prayer or meditation.

Will I be in control and aware of what's going on?

Yes, you will be in control the whole time. You will not be unconscious. You'll hear everything being said. Nothing happens without your consent. Every aspect of a session is agreed upon, in advance and with your consent. You'll have absolute control.

Will I do anything against my will?

No, you will not do anything that you do not think is acceptable or against your nature. You cannot be "made" to violate your own values or accepted patterns of behavior. You would either reject the suggestion or come out of the hypnosis.

Can I get stuck in hypnosis?

No, the hypnotic state can be terminated at any time you chose. It is your choice to enter the state and you can always choose to leave it. If you were left in a hypnotic state by your hypnotherapist, or by a hypnotic tape, you would either return to full consciousness on your own or enter a natural sleep and awaken after a short pleasant nap.

How many sessions will I need?

Simple problems like stress reduction or public speaking may only require as little as one or two sessions. More deeply rooted problems may require more sessions. During the initial visit, a partnership with the client is established as well as a plan of action, specific to the client's needs. Through this partnership, a reasonable estimate of needed sessions can be determined.

Is hypnosis suitable for children?

Yes, usually from about the age of six, provided they can understand what is being said are intelligent and imaginative. Younger children can benefit from the relaxation.

Will my insurance cover hypnotherapy?

If your physician prescribes hypnosis services as a treatment, some insurance companies will cover these services. You would need to contact your insurance provider to determine if our services will be covered for reimbursement.