What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a conversation with the subconscious part of your mind, the part that’s knowns as the “brains behind the operation.” During hypnosis, negative, limiting, and unhealthy beliefs are cleared and replaced with mutually agreed upon positive suggestions. Those new suggestions then positively affect your perceptions and expectations of yourself and others, leading to the results you desire. Hypnosis is a safe, natural and comfortable way to positively change your thoughts at the deepest level, allowing you to unlock your personal potential and become all you want to be.

How can hypnosis can help me?

It’s hard to quantify all the ways hypnosis can help. This is because hypnosis harnesses the power of the subconscious mind, and it’s the thoughts in our subconscious that create change. The process of hypnosis is the fastest and safest way to affect our subconscious beliefs, which means results can be seen very quickly, are long-lasting, and in most cases permanent.

Due to this, any condition, hurt, or habit that is influenced by the mind can benefit from hypnosis. For a few specific examples, you can alleviate phobias, change habits (i.e. smoking, overeating, teeth grinding, nail biting), gain self-confidence, or bring out hidden talents. You can improve your memory, concentration, creativity, and performance. You can reduce stress, overcome negative mental attitudes, gain insight into yourself and others, reduce the effects of grief and loss, and much more. The potential benefits from hypnosis are virtually unlimited.

Who can be hypnotized?

If you are not sure if you can be hypnotized, you can take our “Can I Be Hypnotized” quiz here. The truth is 97% of the population can be hypnotized. The exceptions are those who have an IQ below 70 or suffer from a significant mental impairment such as dementia. People under the influence of recreational drugs or alcohol should not be hypnotized while under the influence.

People of a higher intelligence level can typically be hypnotized more easily.

(Please Note: People diagnosed with epilepsy should be hypnotized with caution, as in very rare instances, hypnosis may trigger a seizure. Those with heart conditions should also avoid hypnosis sessions that evoke significant emotions.)

Is hypnosis dangerous?

No. In fact, hypnosis is your mind’s natural learning state. You actually pass through this state several times a day, always on your way to waking and again on your way to sleeping. Your hypnotist is simply your guide in this process. You have complete control over what you say and do during this process and you cannot become “stuck” in the hypnotic state.

(Please Note: People diagnosed with epilepsy should be hypnotized with caution, as in very rare instances, hypnosis may trigger a seizure. Those with heart conditions should also avoid hypnosis sessions that evoke significant emotions).

How does your hypnosis differ from what I see in the media?

Like anything else on TV, what’s depicted and what’s reality is often very different. Very often you’ll see hypnosis shows on TV, and while the subconscious mind is accessed in both cases, Mind Matters Hypnosis Center focuses on hypnosis for positive change vs. entertainment. Everything we offer is designed to help you live a more healthy, productive, and enjoyable life. Stage hypnosis is for entertainment purposes only and in most cases not something the Center endorses.

What does it feel like to be hypnotized?

Contrary to popular belief, there are no significant physical feelings that go along with the state of hypnosis. This is because hypnosis is a state of mind, not a state of body. People will often describe a very pleasant feeling of extreme relaxation, a heaviness or lightness in their limbs, tingling in their hands, or a slight change in temperature. Some people describe a weighted or floating feeling as they relax more deeply. Almost everyone will experience some sort of time distortion where an hour session feels much shorter.

While in the hypnotic state, you hear everything that is being said to you. You will be able to talk freely and easily, and will remember everything that happened during your session.

How long does it take to correct a problem?

Our minds operate much like a computer. The process of hypnosis allows us to change our mental software. When changes are made at the subconscious level, we operate differently, just like when we change the software in our computers.

Most issues can be resolved very quickly, within a handful of sessions; some more complex issues may take a little longer. The speed at which hypnosis facilitates positive change is one of its primary benefits.

Why do some centers claim it takes 5-10 sessions to see results?

All centers work differently and build programs based on what they believe is the most effective. This is similar to one medical doctor prescribing a pill that should be taken three times daily vs. another doctor that prescribes a one-a-day.

There are also different types of hypnosis – some are more efficient and effective than others. Direct Suggestion hypnosis; the type most hypnotists practice, will take longer as suggestions need to be reinforced more to be lasting and effective. Ericksonian hypnosis; the type that most therapists use, can also take numerous sessions to influence change as it goes through the conscious mind to access the subconscious vs. going directly to the subconscious.

Root cause hypnosis; the type that we specialize in at the Center, is a faster process because it cleans out the old suggestions before putting in the new. It’s akin to gently cleaning out a wound so it can heal vs. putting a Band-Aid on and hoping for the best.

In addition, highly personalized one-on-one sessions will be more effective that generic, group or pre-recorded sessions because they address your unique situation.

What is the difference between hypnotherapy and psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy works primarily at the conscious level of the mind, which is why clients often say, “I’ve been to therapy and it really helped me understand why I do what I do, but it hasn’t helped change my behavior.”

Therapeutic hypnosis, on the other hand, bypasses the conscious mind and works directly with the subconscious mind to create positive, lasting change.

The average medical doctor will see a patient for 10 minutes and charges $250 per visit (translating to $1,500/hour.) In that 10-minute visit, a quick assessment of your condition is given and a referral or prescription is provided.

A psychiatrist has a similar process – seeing a patient for 10-15 minutes before prescribing or altering medications, then charges approximately $300 for the visit (translating into $1,800/hour.)

A therapist may charge anywhere between $75 and $200 for a 45-minute session, and typically the therapeutic process will last months or years.

In many ways, you actually save money by investing in hypnosis over other treatments as you will experience positive changes without side effects and are likely to see a drop in doctor visits, medications, and therapy appointments due to the positive change and results you’ve received through hypnosis.

The question to ask is “What is conquering this challenge worth to me?” For many of our clients it’s worth millions and for others it’s priceless.

Can I experience a session virtually/online?

Yes. As hypnosis is a natural state of your mind, you can enter it anywhere. In fact, it’s very easy to enter a hypnotic state in a familiar environment such as your home.

For virtual sessions, you will follow your hypnotist’s suggestions via Skype or FaceTime. You will need a stable internet connection and will need to be in a quiet place where you can remain undisturbed for the duration of the session.

(Please Note: Some issues are not appropriate for remote work and for others your hypnotist may request that a friend or family member be present).