FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS What is hypnosis? Everyday, everyone experiences hypnosis - example… many people recall instances where they were driving somewhere, they arrived safely but do not remember any of the drive. Another example is watching a really good movie. One that is so good that you actually feel the emotions. In both of these instances, you slowed down your conscious mind enough to engage in a low level hypnotic state. Note: Hypnosis is not counseling, or psychotherapy.
Who can be hypnotized? Anyone. The key ingredient is YOU, and as long as you want to be hypnotized and are willing to participate in the experience, you will enjoy the hypnotic state. Willingness on the client's part is critical. To that end a few folks cannot be hypnotized - kids under approximately 4 years old, those that are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, those that are mentally challenged, and those that are simply not willing to be hypnotized.
Who is the best candidate for hypnosis? Everyone. But here's the KEY... you must want change, you must want to take ownership for your life and commit to moving forward. If you have spent thousands of dollars on smoking, and your health is suffering yet you flinch at the thought of having to pay a few hundred dollars to change this behavior - then you are probably not ready. Likewise, even if you are willing to pay thousands of dollars for hypnosis services, but you don't follow through on other changes in your life then you are probably not ready for change.
Can I be hypnotized into doing something I would not want to do? No. Hypnosis is completely safe and you are still fully conscious and aware of what is happening around you. The hypnotist simply guides you into safe, deep relaxation, both mentally and physically in a safe, comfortable environment. You cannot be made to tell your secrets, nor do something that is out of completely out of character for you. Hollywood portrayals and stage hypnotists are only one small part of the world of possibilities with hypnosis. A skilled and competent practitioner puts the client and their wishes first and works with you for optimal change.
Are there any dangers to hypnosis? No. There is no record of anyone being harmed by hypnosis. As a matter of fact, as far back as 1892 the British Medical Association found that hypnosis was "effective in relieving pain, procuring sleep, and alleviating many functional ailments." Later in 1958 the use of hypnosis was recognized by the American Medical Association for its use and value. Amazingly, for several decades now, hypnosis has been used in medicine and dentistry to replace anesthesia for patients that could not tolerate conventional sedation. Note: Most audio hypnosis products should not be used when operating a vehicle or dangerous equipment.
What are sessions like? Hypnosis client sessions are in person at my office in downtown Baltimore. The first session is longer about two hours, with additional sessions typically one to one and a half hours. Occasional email, phone or text communication will be used as a follow up as necessary.
Can children be hypnotized? Yes. As a matter of fact, children are even more amenable to hypnosis than adults. I have particular experience helping children increase confidence, improve scholastic performance and sports performance as well as overcoming other specific issues such as hair pulling and nail biting.
Is hypnosis covered by insurance plans? Probably not. Some employers may offer reimbursement for successful completion of a smoking cessation plan - check with your employer. Note: We do not work with insurance companies to try and arrange for coverage of hypnosis sessions.
How long does it take for hypnosis to work? It differs for every person. The nature and extent of change you want dictates the number of sessions necessary to bring about success. Think about it, you want to change a part of your life that has been around for years or maybe even decades ... lets do it right and create lasting results. Depending on the issue you want to change, as few as three sessions may be right.
What can hypnosis be used for?
Weight loss/ health management
Smoking/ tobacco cessation
Hair pulling/ skin picking
Confidence and self image
Sexual conduct/ pornagraphy
CELEBRITY SUCCESSES USING HYPNOSIS Twenty Celebrities That Successfully Used Hypnosis Sourced from A+ Hypnosis Wellness Center of Omaha & NaturalHypnosis.com
When Matt Damon went on national TV and told Jay Leno that using hypnosis was “the greatest decision I ever made in my life” it seems that everyone in Hollywood followed suit. The following personalities have used to hypnosis at some point in their lives to help them to successfully overcome problems or to eliminate challenging behaviors.
Sophie Dahl (model): Sophie was a “plus sized” model from England. After a change of heart she dropped a huge amount of weight with help from hypnosis for weight loss. Now she leads a healthy lifestyle, is a beautiful pin-up model, and managed to keep the weight off as 10 years later she is still a size 8 dress size!
Orlando Bloom (actor): Orlando used hypnosis as a child. His mother took him to see a hypnotist to help him to overcome his addiction to chocolate and also to help him to lose weight and get into shape.
Albert Einstein (physicist): The legendary physicist regularly used it to help him to develop his ideas. Some claim that the theory of relativity came to him during one of his sessions.
Tiger Woods (golf pro): Has famously used hypnosis ever since he was a child. He used a mixture of hypnosis, nlp, and visualization to help him to focus and improve his concentration and “get into the zone”.. as one of the highest paid sports stars and most successful golfers ever, I think it worked for him!
David Beckham (soccer pro): Visited a hypnotist privately to help him to confront some of his personal issues – the rest, we don’t know
Steve Hooker (athlete): Won a Gold Medal at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games in the Pole Vault. He puts his success down to not only his dedicated training routines and high ambitions, but also thanks hypnosis for helping him to visualize his success time and time again so that he felt completely comfortable, and “at home” on the day.
Lily Allen (singer): Another celeb (Lily is a singer from the UK) who used weight loss hypnosis successfully – she lost so much weight she dropped 3 dress sizes.
Aaron Eckhart (actor): Listened to hypnotherapy tapes to help him to beat smoking and alcohol addictions – later stating in an interview that it I changed his life forever.
Geri Halliwell (singer): The ex-spice girl again adds to the numbers of Celebs who used hypnotherapy to lose weight and get fit.
Winston Churchill (prime minister): The famous war-time British prime minister used to often work, plan, and strategize all night, and so he would listen to hypnotic tapes during the day to help him to stay fresh.
Ashton Kutcher (actor): Aston is a big fan of hypnosis, using it for various issues that we know of. Firstly he used it when he first got into acting to help him to focus, and to visualize his own success and stardom.. I guess it worked! More recently he used a stop smoking hypnosis cd, and yes, he did successfully quit.
Jimmy Connors (tennis pro): Uses hypnosis regularly to help his tennis game, and to help him keep his focus during important tournaments.
Matt Damon (actor): Matt proclaimed his love for hypnosis live on TV, stating that it was Ithe greatest decision I ever made in my lifeî. This was to Jay Leno, and he was referring to using hypnosis to stop smoking.
Kevin McBride (boxer): Listens to his hypnosis sessions before every (boxing) fight. He claims this gets him into a positive and focused state of mind and focuses him on winning.
Jack Nicklaus (professional golfer): He LOVES hypnosis! Jack isn’t shy about his passion for hypnosis and enhancing his mind. He uses it to improve his concentration during golf games.
Jackie Kennedy: Took private sessions with a hypno-therapist to help her get over the tragic death of her husband.
Lord Tennyson Alfred (poet): Lord Tennyson was a famous poet in his time and it is said he wrote entire poems while under the influence of hypnosis – again tapping into his creative side.
Ellen DeGeneres (celebrity): Ellen underwent hypnosis live on her tv chat show, and used it’s power to successfully stop smoking.
Ben Affleck: Ben was quoted as saying: I I feel a huge difference in my health now that I don’t smoke. I feel like I’m in better shape than I was five years ago – another fan of mind enhancement, and especially hypno-therapy and it’s ability to re-wire human behavior.
Kevin Costner (actor): Had his own private hypnotist flown out to Hawaii (while he was filming Waterworld) to cure him of his sea-sickness which was plaguing his filming schedule – from then onwards Kevin was fine in the water.
CLINICAL STUDIES* Hypnosis Patients Twice As Likely To Remain Smoke-Free After Two Years. Study of 71 smokers showed that after a two-year follow up, patients that quit with hypnosis were twice as likely to remain smoke-free than those who quit on their own. Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence. Wynd, CA. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2005; 37:3, pages 245-250.
Hypnosis Most Effective Says Largest Study Ever: 3 Times as Effective as Patch and 15 Times as Effective as Willpower. Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. A meta-analysis, statistically combining results of more than 600 studies of 72,000 people from America and Europe to compare various methods of quitting. On average, hypnosis was over three times as effective as nicotine replacement methods and 15 times as effective as trying to quit alone. University of Iowa, Journal of Applied Psychology, How One in Five Give Up Smoking. October 1992.
Hypnosis More Than Doubled Average Weight Loss. Study of the effect of adding hypnosis to cognitive-behavioral treatments for weight reduction, additional data were obtained from authors of two studies. Analyses indicated that the benefits of hypnosis increased substantially over time. Kirsch, Irving (1996). Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments--Another meta-reanalysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64 (3), 517-519.
Hypnosis Subjects Lost More Weight Than 90% of Others and Kept it Off. Researchers analyzed 18 studies comparing a cognitive behavioral therapy such as relaxation training, guided imagery, self monitoring, or goal setting with the same therapy supplemented by hypnosis. Those who received the hypnosis lost more weight than 90 percent of those not receiving hypnosis and maintained the weight loss two years after treatment ended. University of Connecticut, Storrs Allison DB, Faith MS. Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for obesity: a meta-analytic reappraisal. J Consult Clin Psychol. 1996;64(3):513-516.
Hypnosis Over 30 Times as Effective for Weight Loss. Investigated the effects of hypnosis in weight loss for 60 females, at least 20% overweight. Treatment included group hypnosis with metaphors for ego-strengthening, decision making and motivation, ideomotor exploration in individual hypnosis, and group hypnosis with maintenance suggestions. Hypnosis was more effective than a control group: an average of 17 lbs lost by the hypnosis group vs. an average of 0.5 lbs lost by the control group, on follow-up. Cochrane, Gordon; Friesen, J. (1986). Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 489-492.
Raised Self-esteem & Serenity. Lowered Impulsivity and Anger. In a research study on self-hypnosis for relapse prevention training with chronic drug/alcohol users. Participants were 261 veterans admitted to Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs (SARRTPs) individuals who used repeated self-hypnosis "at least 3 to 5 times a week," at 7-week follow-up, reported the highest levels of self-esteem and serenity, and the least anger/impulsivity, in comparison to the minimal-practice and control groups. American Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy (a publication of the American Psychological Association) 2004 Apr;46(4):281-97)
Hypnosis Has a Reliable and Significant Impact on Acute and Chronic Pain. Hypnosis has been demonstrated to reduce analogue pain, and studies on the mechanisms of laboratory pain reduction have provided useful applications to clinical populations. Studies showing central nervous system activity during hypnotic procedures offer preliminary information concerning possible physiological mechanisms of hypnotic analgesia. Randomized controlled studies with clinical populations indicate that hypnosis has a reliable and significant impact on acute procedural pain and chronic pain conditions. Methodological issues of this body of research are discussed, as are methods to better integrate hypnosis into comprehensive pain treatment. Hypnosis and clinical pain. Patterson DR, Jensen MP, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA USA 98104 Psychol Bull. 2003 Jul;129(4):495-521.
*Clinical Studies were sourced from http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_statistics_on_the_effectiveness_of_hypnosis. Results vary per person.
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