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Can everyone be hypnotized?
Milton H. Erikson said that most people could be hypnotized if the clinician was skillful enough.
According to research using MRI technology, those that cannot be hypnotized have less activity in the parts of the brain related to attention and executive control. The current consensus is that about 75% of adults are hypnotizable.
Technically, hypnosis can work on everyone but, like everything, there are limitations and exceptions to the rule. A person who experiences distrust may have a more difficult time being hypnotized. However if a person allows the relaxed, focused state of hypnosis, it can be very beneficial for them.
Can a person get stuck in hypnosis?
This is impossible. No one has ever been stuck in a hypnotic trance. Hypnosis is a natural state that we enter and exit all of the time. There are no known dangers with hypnosis when working with a normal patient. A person wakes from hypnosis, much like he or she would wake from a nap.
Will I lose control?
You always have control, and you can always hear what’s going on. Hypnosis is nothing but a state of relaxed deep focus. It is a natural state that you enter at least twice a day (while waking up and while falling asleep!), and probably much more often than that. If at any time you are in trance and you wish to be fully awake, you can just count to yourself “1 – 2- 3” and open your eyes.
Can I be made to do something against my will with hypnosis?
Hypnosis cannot make you do something that is against your morals or ethics. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, in truth, and no hypnotist can make you do something that you really don’t want to do. That’s why some people can be hypnotized to stop smoking and yet they still smoke. You have to want the change, agree with the change, and then hypnosis is an instrument for helping make that change better, faster, and permanent.
What can't be treated with hypnotherapy?
Serious psychiatric or mental health problems are referred to a qualified psychotherapist or psychiatrist. Medical problems with the physical body must always be treated by a physician, who can, at his or her discretion, prescribe hypnotherapy for pain control, hypnoanesthesia or relaxation.
Drug addiction, family dynamics disorders, clinical depression and other such problems need to be treated by doctors and psychiatrists, who can, at their discretion, prescribe hypnotherapy as a supplementary treatment.
How do I choose a good hypnotherapist?
Talk with a few hypnotherapists over the phone. Ask any questions you have. Any questions at all. Ask about their qualifications and if they belong to any professional hypnotherapy organizations. They should be able to answer any questions you have in a friendly, informative, and understandable manner.
You should select a hypnotherapist that seems warm and friendly, and is easy to for you to understand and follow. Their voice should be pleasing to you, especially since you will probably be listening to recordings with their voice on them many times.
All in all, you should be comfortable with the person’s demeanor, voice, and instructional style. Typically, the first twenty minutes of your first session with a hypnotherapist will be an introduction to hypnosis and a bit of chat about the changes you would like to make. If you find the hypnotherapist rubbing you the wrong way after this twenty minute chat, feel free to excuse yourself. Then interview other hypnotherapists until you find one you like.
How many sessions does it take for hypnosis to work?
As a general rule perhaps 4 – 6 sessions will, usually, do the trick, and the hypnotic experience may need to be modified to better suit a persons’ personal and therapeutic needs. Your sessions, can be recorded for you so that you’re able to utilize the recording at home and in your own time.
How does coaching differ from consulting or therapy?
Consulting is often information and expertise based. For example, you might hire a consultant to help your business with a specific problem. In which case, you’d expect your consultant to have knowledge and experience in that particular area. Life coaches on the other hand may or may not have a background or experience in your field.
A coach is a life specialist, an expert on helping you develop all areas of your business and/or personal life. Unlike many consultants who propose a solution and leave you to implement it, your life coach stays with you to help you integrate the changes, new skills, and goals to make sure they really happen. This is one of the many reasons why life coaching is so effective–it is one thing to have the information and quite another to actually make the change!
Life coaching is not therapy.
Life coaches don’t work on past-based issues or traumas. Life coaches are not psychologists or psychotherapists. If you start life coaching, and have not resolved an issue from the past, then it is very likely you will be referred to work with another professional to resolve the issue. It is very common for unresolved traumas or addictions to stop us from getting what we want in our lives. Life coaches focus on the present and the client’s goals for the future. We help people move forward and set personal and professional goals that will give them the life and career they really want. Most coaching clients are healthy, successful people who might be a bit stuck or simply want to make a big change in their lives and want the support of a coach to do so.
Shouldn’t I be able to reach my goals on my own?
You may need to change a few things in your life, true, but clients typically find they have more time with their families and friends, more money, more opportunities, and are more successful at work or in their businesses when they work with a professionally trained coach—whether that is a business coach, a personal coach, an executive coach or a life coach.
No athlete would consider going to the Olympics without the support of a coach. The extra edge the coach provides makes all the difference. Why shouldn’t you have this same advantage in your own personal and professional life?
Can I work with you on short-term special projects?
Yes. Some clients hire me to help them achieve a specific objective or project. Many clients choose to continue working with me after their initial goals are accomplished because there are even more interesting things to do! I recommend that you commit to one to three months, initially. Then go from there!
Can life coaching hurt someone?
No. You are always responsible for your own life and, ultimately, make your own decisions and takes your own actions. The job of the life coach is to provide positive support and encouragement. While I might challenge you to think differently or suggest that you try a different or even radical approach than you would normally take, you must decide whether to take the advice or not. Life coaches do not in any way control the client’s thoughts, actions or life.
If you feel bad after a coaching call, for any reason, let your life coach know about it. It is probably a miscommunication or it could be that this coach’s style is not working for you. If this happens consistently, try a different accredited life coach! 90% of the time or more you should feel uplifted and motivated to take action at the end of each coaching call. You should certainly feel good about yourself and your accomplishments.
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