Hypnotherapy FAQ: Don’t worry, you’re not the first one to ask!

Is Hypnosis Real?

Yes, it absolutely is real.
Often clients ask this question in relation to stage hypnosis, and whether the participants are acting or not.
Samantha doesn’t do stage hypnosis or hypnosis for entertainment, but we can say that acting or enhancing a hypnotic performance cannot be excluded.
Having said that, hypnosis is such a powerful state that, as an experiment we challenge you to try to bite into an onion whilst trying to believe it is an apple!
Can you do it?!

Can a Hypnotist, Hypnotherapist or Hypnosis Practitioner make me do anything against my will?

No, hypnosis is not mind control. However, it is important that you can trust your Clinical Hypnotherapist, be confident with her expertise and experience, and know that she will adhere to stringent ethical guidelines.

Will I be asleep or not remember anything?

No, you will be aware and recall the session as clearly as you may recall a conversation that lasts about the same time.

Will I be unconscious?

No, you will be aware. The confusion arises with terminology – the unconscious and subconscious. See below.

What is the difference between the unconscious and subconscious?

Americans seem to prefer the term unconscious, whereas we in Australia prefer subconscious.
They can be used interchangeably.
To be unconscious is an entirely different thing, and may require first aid!

What is the difference between a Hypnotist and Hypnotherapist?

Hypnotist and Hypnotherapist can be used interchangeably, but a Hypnotist usually refers to entertainment or stage hypnotism, where no therapy is given to resolve or facilitate change.
On the other hand, Hypnotherapy is guiding the client into hypnosis and applying techniques, giving suggestions and facilitating therapeutic change.
How many techniques, therapy tools and styles of hypnotherapy a Clinical Hypnotherapist utilizes will be dependent on their training, interest and ongoing professional development, experience and what works successfully.

What is the difference between a trance and hypnosis?

Trance is a word favoured by Americans and is the same as hypnosis.
Sometimes called a hypnotic trance.

Is the hypnotic state the same as a meditative state?

This is a hotly debated topic.
Our clients who are long-term meditators say that it is very similar but far more profound because it involves being guided to resolve issues by our Clinical Hypnotherapist.
Research shows that hypnosis accesses different parts of the brain than meditation, but ultimately it feels similar!

How Many Sessions Would I Need?

How many sessions needed to reach your goals will depend on your issues, whether simple or complex, and how quickly you adapt to change.
Samantha, on average, sees clients about 3 times, however the “Addiction Package for Quitting Smoking, Moderating Alcohol or Stopping Gambling” is a 2 session package.

Will 2 Sessions Be Enough for My Addiction to Smoking/Gambling or Alcohol?

The majority of the time, yes, 2 is all that is necessary.
If you engage in more than one of those Addictions another session or two may be required.

I typed in Hypnotherapy Near Me – Where Is Your Location?

Via Online Hypnotherapy we are closer than you think!
To visit us in person (by appointment only please), our offices are in Sydney (closest stations are Wynyard or Martin Place) or Wahroonga (the most convenient stations are Turramurra or Hornsby (if you plan to come by bus), Wahroonga and Warrawee (being closer to walk from).

I’m Seeing a Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Complementary Practitioner, Alternative Practitioner, Natural Medicine Practitioner, etc., is it ok to continue with them?

Yes, you make the decisions on what works best for you.
If you are unsure, or if there is an overlap that isn’t conducive to moving forward, we can discuss this in session.

Do I need a referral?

If you have been diagnosed as psychotic or schizophrenic, have had a psychotic episode in the past, are on antipsychotics, and/or have made an attempt on your life, YES: Samantha will need a referral from your psychiatrist to work with you with no limitations.

Otherwise, no referral is required.

I’m taking antidepressants / antianxiety medication or other medication. Can I have hypnotherapy?

Yes, you can have hypnotherapy without any problems, interactions or side effects from experiencing hypnosis

UNLESS you have been diagnosed as psychotic or schizophrenic, have had a psychotic episode in the past, are on antipsychotics, and/or have made an attempt on your life, in which case a referral from your psychiatrist will be required to see Samantha for hypnotherapy.

Please do not discontinue medication unless under the advice or supervision of your GP or psychiatrist.

I’ve read that only some people can be hypnotised/ hypnotized, is this correct?

No this is false! Everyone can go into hypnosis and hence be hypnotised!

Hypnotherapy FAQ: Frequently Answered Questions about Hypnotherapy & Hypnosis

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