previous issue #91 of our Newsletter
we introduced one of the BGCenter new
Polyakov, LCSW who works with families and adults on resolving
emotional issues, stress management, and parenting techniques, utilizing
hypnotherapy among other therapeutic methods. In this Newsletter Elina
answers most typical questions about hypnosis.
Can I be hypnotized against my will?
A: No! You
cannot be hypnotized if you do not want to be. In fact, hypnotherapy
will only be effective if the client wants to be helped and wants to
resolve their problem.
I be made to do an immoral act while in a hypnotic state?
You will not follow a suggestion that goes against your moral standards.
For example, if you do not steal in a conscious state of mind, you will
not do so under hypnosis. In a hypnotic state a client will either accept
or refuse a suggestion. Furthermore, a therapist is a professional who
is governed by a strict code of ethics and would not ask a client to
perform an immoral act.
I lose consciousness?
Under hypnosis you will be in a heightened state of awareness and know
what is happening around you. You will focus all attention on the therapist's
instructions and ignore everything else. This is similar to reading
a captivating book or watching a fascinating movie. While focusing on
the activity, you pay little attention to anything
else. The word "sleep" is frequently used in hypnosis but
it does not refer to night-time sleep. To an observer, a person in a
hypnotic state may appear to be sleeping; but this is not the case.
While clients may close their eyes and relax physically, they recognize
they are not sleeping.
it difficult to exit a hypnotic state?
A: No! You
can exit hypnosis at any time. However, it is recommended that you remain
in the hypnotic state until the therapist instructs you to exit. Even
if something happens to a therapist after they put you in a hypnotic
state, you will bring yourself out of hypnosis with little effort.
I have a weak will in order to be hypnotized?
No! In fact the stronger the will of a person the more likely they are
to achieve success in hypnosis. This is because people are most influenced
by their own suggestions and, in actuality, put themselves in a hypnotic
state. A therapist's role is to guide you in this process.
everyone be hypnotized?
Most people are capable of reaching a hypnotic state, as long as they
are motivated to do so. Since every person has, many times, been in
a state which is essentially the same as the hypnotic condition (i.e.
reading an interesting book or watching a movie) you will be able to
achieve a hypnotic state if you cooperate and concentrate on what is
being said by the therapist.
it necessary to be in a deep state of hypnosis in order to achieve therapeutic
Not necessarily. Depending on the specific problem, different levels
of hypnotic depth are required. With practice you will be able to achieve
the required depth.
Will I remember what happened?
Not always. If you are in a deep hypnotic state, you may not remember
what happened during hypnosis once you awake. This is similar to a night-time
dream which you can not recall when you wake. It is important to realize
that your subconscious mind remembers everything that is being said
by the therapist.
I hypnotize myself?
Yes! Self-hypnosis is a valuable skill that you can master with practice.
It is especially effective in helping resolve the following issues:
stress, low self-confidence, insomnia or poor sleep, and pain. Learning
self-hypnosis is a necessary part of the therapeutic process and will
be taught during the initial hypnotherapy session.
More info about hypnosis: www.science.howstuffworks.com/hypnosis.htm