What is Hypnosis?
There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about hypnosis. Most people only know about hypnosis from what they see at stage shows and movies. Clinical hypnosis and hypnotherapy is nothing like that at all. Hypnosis is not a form of "magic" or mind-control. Your morals, ethics, values, and beliefs cannot be altered in hypnosis, nor can someone take control of you in any way. You can not be made to do anything unwillingly. Hypnosis is 100% safe and is something that the mind naturally already does. In fact, everyone actually goes in and out of hypnosis all day long without even being aware of it because our minds operate on a conscious and a subconscious level simultaneously.
Our habits and behaviors are controlled by the subconscious mind, even when they are habits we prefer we didn’t have. We predominantly use our subconscious mind which can sometimes be in conflict with our conscious wants. For example, a person might suffer from stage fright (a subconscious reaction) when they actually want to feel comfortable on stage (the conscious want). Hypnosis is simply a state of relaxation where the subconscious mind (the part of your brain responsible for your habits) can be worked with to make changes. A qualified hypnotherapist understands how to help you work with your subconscious mind in order to help you make the positive changes that you desire and will work with you to help you accomplish your goals.
Hypnosis is a valid, scientific, useful, and therapeutic tool which has the ability to help people in profound ways. The benefits of hypnotherapy have been known for decades. The American Medical Association has classified hypnosis as a treatment tool since the 1950s. Hypnosis is commonly used for a variety of things, including pain control, treating fears, phobias and anxieties, smoking cessation, weight loss, memory enhancement, self-confidence, and improved performance in athletics, academics, or on the job.
For weight loss, studies clearly indicate the benefits of hypnosis. On average, almost 2 1/2 times as much weight is lost by incorporating hypnosis compared to those people not using hypnosis, with long-term results.
Hypnotherapy has a high success rate when compared to many other different types of treatment for the same issues, with many people reporting added benefits such as increased self-esteem, improved sleep, and decreased stress.
Hypnosis is not:
About Clinical Hypnotherapy
Clinical hypnotherapy is a type of therapy that uses hypnosis as a method to produce change. Professional clinical hypnotherapists work with people who are trying to improve themselves or a situation. When working with a professional therapist, you are not made to "sleep". You remain aware of your surroundings and what is being said to you. A qualified hypnotherapist is a facilitator that guides the process of creating the positive changes that are desired and will work with clients to help them to accomplish their goals. Hypnotherapy generally works through a series of sessions to re-teach the subconscious mind a new set of habits and patterns that support the desired outcomes and goals.
Hypnotherapy works for almost everyone. Hypnotherapy can work for anyone who wants a change and is willing to participate in having changes take place. Hypnosis will not work for someone who doesn't really want to change. It can also be ineffective for very young children, people with very low mental function, or for someone on mind altering drugs (prescription or recreational).
Q & A
What does it feel like? Hypnotherapy is very relaxing and comfortable. There is no loss of personal control or awareness. Many people report feeling energized, steady, and confident after a session.
Who is it useful for? Hypnotherapy works for almost everyone. Hypnotherapy can work for anyone who wants a change & is willing to participate in having changes take place.
Can hypnosis work for anyone? No. Hypnosis will not work for someone who doesn't really want to change, those with very low mental function, very young children, or someone on mind altering drugs.
What if I’m too strong-minded? Perfect! Strong-minded people have great results. Hypnosis is not a battle of wills or mind control. The client remains in control the entire time. Hypnotherapy is very effective for strong-minded and creative people who are actively wanting changes.
Do you work with children? Yes, typically over the age of 5 but it depends on the child.
How many sessions does it take? It depends on the issue. That's one of the reasons why we offer a free initial consultation. Once we understand your personal situation better, we can tell you whether it will only take one session or whether multiple sessions are more appropriate.
How much does it cost? It depends on many factors. We are confident that we offer a very high level of service at a reasonable price and are sensitive to people's budgets. We never try to talk you into spending more than you really need to and we offer discounts to those who need multiple sessions. Additionally, we have payment options available if needed.
Do hypnotherapists need to have a license in Idaho? No. In Idaho and throughout most of the US, there are no educational or training requirements at all to claim the title of "hypnotherapist", although Dr. Kaylan has an extensive educational background. No matter if you come to Mindset or go elsewhere, we always recommend you meet your potential hypnotherapist before starting sessions so that you have the chance to ask about experience and education, as well as making sure that you feel comfortable with who you will be working with.
What kinds of hypnosis do you do at Mindset? We use different methods for different people according to their goals and preference. At Mindset, we don't practice alternative or new age methodologies. Everything we do here has a proven science behind it and is clinically based. While we certainly believe that the human mind is vast in it's capabilities, we tend to stay away from 'unproven' subject areas. One of the reasons we like to meet with people prior to beginning treatment, is to ensure that the potential client's goals aligns with what we can effectively offer here, because your results matter to us. We pride ourselves in being objective and honest, and will refer potential clients elsewhere if we don't believe we can help.
To learn more or to find out if hypnosis can work for you, call our office today at (208) 570-5277 or schedule on-line. Your initial consultation is free, so you can find out if it's right for you with no obligation.
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