Hypnotherapy FAQ

What is Hypnosis?
According to the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, it “is a state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention.” Though hypnotists often use the phrase “Deep Sleep”, the purpose is to provide the idea of extreme relaxation, generally associated with sleep. Hypnosis is a state of hyper-awareness it is very different from sleep; the individual is actually in a deep state of relaxation and open to suggestion.
What Does Hypnosis Feel Like?
Everyone has caught himself or herself zoning out especially when they become absorbed in a repetitive task such as driving, or when focusing on a compelling book or activity. Guided hypnosis is a function of the same mechanism however it is directed toward a goal.  The experience of hypnosis can vary from one person to another. Some hypnotized individuals report feeling a sense of detachment or extreme relaxation during the hypnotic state.  Other individuals may remain fully aware and able to carry out conversations. Many people are surprised by how “normal and natural” hypnosis feels.
How Is Hypnosis Used In Clinical Settings?
Hypnosis is commonly used in conjunction with medicine, dentistry, behavioral medicine and in psychotherapy. Individuals suffering from chronic and fatale illness can use hypnosis for pain management. Hypnosis is used in dentistry as hypno-anesthesia or for dental related fears. In behavioral medicine and psychotherapy it may be used as a tool to change behaviors or release anxiety. There are many ways hypnosis can aid traditional medicine/therapies.
Hypnosis is also effective for behavioral modification, fears/phobias, belief system alterations, relationship success and general self-improvement. Some examples of the areas hypnosis can be helpful are: test anxiety, addiction, depression, guilt, insomnia, compulsive eating, migraines, nail biting, obsessions, organization problems, low self-esteem, smoking, stress and anxiety.  
Can Anyone Be Hypnotized?
Virtually all persons can be hypnotized. Like any form of communication, it is imperative for the hypnotist to determine the most effective way to give suggestion.
What Type Of Therapy Is Hypnosis Considered?
According to the Mayo Clinic “Hypnosis is intended to help you gain more control over undesired behaviors or emotions or to help you cope better with a wide range of medical conditions.”
Is Hypnosis Dangerous?
Unlike pharmaceuticals, hypnosis is completely natural and has not been shown to cause any negative side effects. However, because the hypnotic state tends to be extremely relaxing, it’s not recommended to listen to Hypnotic audio Cds or MP3s while driving or operating machinery.
Why Do People In Stage Shows Sometimes Do Outrageous Things While Hypnotized?
Stage hypnotists carefully screen volunteers to choose people who are highly suggestible, will enjoy being the center of attention, and are willing to perform for others’ entertainment. The subject’s sense of safety and morality remain entrenched throughout the experience. A hypnotist can’t get you to do anything you do not want to.
Can Hypnosis Help Me?
Hypnosis has been proven to be beneficial to those suffering from disease or ailment or in need of pain management. It is also useful for weight control,  habit modification and self-improvement purposes.
Does A Hypnotherapist Or Hypnotist Need To Be Licensed In The State of California?
California does not require or provide licensure for hypnotists or hypnotherapists, but there are laws which apply. California Business and Professions Code 2908 exempts “persons using hypnotic techniques” from the Psychology Licensing Act to do “vocational or avocational self-improvement”. Code 2908 also exempts the usage of hypnosis by a hypnotherapist if they are working under the referral of those licensed to practice psychology, dentistry or medicine in the state of California. 
Here is a list of some of the things Hypnotherapy can be used for *
Self Image
Nail Biting
Public Speaking
Lower Blood Pressure
Stage Fright
Goal Attainment
Change Habits
Behavior Modification
Improve Sales
Attitude Adjustment
Test Anxiety
Relationship Enhancement
Surgical Recovery
Performance Anxiety
Lack of Initiative
Feelings of Helpless/Hopelessness
Substance Abuse
Study Habits
Pain Management
Sports Performance
Dental Anxiety
Medical Anxiety
Fear of Doctors/Dentists
Assist Healing
Child Birth
Sexual Problems
Improve Health
Bed Wetting
Sleep Disorders
Skin Problems
Medication Side Effects
Premature Ejaculation
Self-Defeating Behaviors
Social Phobia
Overly Critical
Death or Loss
*  Vocational/Avocational self improvement does not need a medical referral. However, if the presenting issue has  or may have a medical or psychological etymology a referral from a licensed medical, dental or psychological professional is required.

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