Frequently Asked Questions
What is Hypnosis?
A method used to access the subconscious mind.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Modern-day Hypnotherapy is an Incredibly Effective tool for accessing and changing the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind houses all of our beliefs, our memories, our emotions, our habits, our imagination; it even controls the functions of the human body including the autonomic nervous system.
The subconscious mind controls
over 90% of our lives.
Unfortunately for most of us our subconscious is filled with false beliefs and bad habits. If left unchecked, these false beliefs and bad habits will lead us down a path of anxiety, low self-esteem, laziness, anger, sadness, depression and self-sabotaging behaviors – all of which hold us back from achieving our true potential.
How does Hypnotherapy Work?
Hypnosis works through the power of suggestion, yet it is not only the suggestion that gives it it’s power – it’s the client’s willingness to accept it.
Without the willingness to be hypnotized, hypnosis does not happen.
This means you are always in total control!
Hypnosis is concerned with accessing the subconscious mind and in order to gain access to the subconscious mind, we must first pass through the conscious mind and the critical factor or the gatekeeper between the conscious and the subconscious.
The conscious mind is that part of us that is always analyzing, judging, and “on-guard.” It’s that part of our mind that we are most identified with – the one that is always talking and rambling inside our head.
The conscious mind is a valuable and needed portion of our psyche. For example; our subconscious mind isn’t so good at doing our taxes, diversifying our stock portfolio or creating next week’s schedule, however, the power of the conscious mind pales in comparison next to the power of the subconscious mind.
In order to get past the conscious mind and gain access to the subconscious, the conscious mind must be willingly bypassed by the client. This happens through the willingness to accept suggestions without analyzing, judging, and rejecting them.
Once a person has accepted enough suggestions and sufficiently gotten the conscious mind “out of the way”, then they have access to the subconscious and healing can begin.
Does the Hypnotist have control over my mind?
You are NEVER under the Hypnotists control. You are in control at all times. Outside of television and the movies, no one can take control of your mind.
If you were ever given a suggestion that you did not like, you could simply reject the suggestion in your mind or even open your eyes and walk out of the office.
You will NEVER do or say anything you don’t want to while you are hypnotized? It is up to you to accept suggestions given by the Hypnotist.
If a suggestion was given that went against your moral principles you simply would not accept it.
If something came up in your own mind while hypnotized that you did not feel comfortable sharing, you don’t have to. You always have the ability and the right to withhold information.
Can I be Hypnotized?
Over 90% of all people are hypnotizable if seeing a well trained Hypnotist.
A well trained hypnotist will have several modalities and techniques that will suite your specific needs.
The stronger willed and more intelligent you are, the easier it is to be hypnotized.
Usually this idea comes from the myth that somehow the hypnotist “takes over” our mind. This is far from the truth.
It is your willingness to accept suggestions that makes hypnosis possible. If you resist suggestions, hypnosis will not occur because you are the master of your own mind.
Is Hypnosis a cure-all that only takes one session?
No. Although in some cases one or two sessions may enable a person to break a habit, the majority of cases require approximately 3-6 sessions. It is not a panacea (it cannot cure all human problems; and it cannot do it instantly).
Is Hypnosis like sleep? Will I be unconscious and unaware of my surroundings?
No. Hypnosis is a state of hyper-acuity. Your awareness is increased. If you fall asleep, you are not in hypnosis. Hypnosis may look like sleep to the outsider, but inside you are very aware. It is because of this expanded awareness that you may reject any suggestion that is given to you at any time, and also because of this expanded awareness that you are able to see within yourself to quickly get to the root of the problem.
Can I get stuck in hypnosis?
No. No one has remained permanently in a hypnotic state. You can come out of hypnosis at any time you want.
Must a person must be deeply hypnotized to be helped?
No. Most hypnotherapeutic work is done in a light to medium state of hypnosis. As a matter of fact, if a less-skilled Hypnotherapist allows you to go to deep into hypnosis you may be too relaxed to respond to suggestions and have effective therapy.
Does Hypnosis always brings up traumatic repressed memories?
No. Hypnosis can be used to uncover repressed memories, but hypnosis itself does not, by default, bring them to the surface. Your subconscious mind will never show you anything that you are not ready to handle, and such memories do not surface without such an intention.
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Disclaimer: While hypnosis has many beneficial effects, it is not a substitute for appropriate medical attention. Statements and programs offered on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. When dealing with physical and/or mental illness or disease, always consult a qualified physician or therapist. Sherri Hanner does not treat, prescribe for, or diagnose any condition. She is a properly trained facilitator of hypnosis and is not practicing any other profession that requires a license under the laws and regulations of the State of Florida. Hypnosis is not a substitute for medical or psychological treatment. Hypnosis for subclinical purposes requires no referral. Sherri Hanner only practices therapeutic hypnotherapy within the guidelines of the law and Florida Statute 485, which requires a referral and oversight from a licensed practitioner of the healing arts.