If you are thinking about seeing a hypnotist—maybe for losing weight, or stopping smoking or excess drinking, or for any of a lot of other reasons—here are some facts about hypnosis to know before you take that step.
First, not all of those who call themselves hypnotists or hypnotherapists are qualified. You need to find someone—in Gold Coast, for instance, you might want to give clinical hypnotherapist Greg Thompson a call—who has the training and experience to work safely and successfully with you.
Next, hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, not just suggestibility. When you are in a trance, your brain waves are much slower. Your attention is more focused, which allows you to zero in on specific thoughts, feelings or memories, and not even notice anything else. You will also be more open to your unconscious, your inner mind, where much of your creativity lies.
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You won’t just sit there passively while the hypnotist puts you into a trance. The hypnotist will be your guide and partner, someone who will offer suggestions, and observe your responses in order to fine tune the experience; but you will be in charge. You will decide when and how you are going into a hypnotic state, and what you will do while you are there.
Almost anyone can enter the trance state, but it is easier for some people than for others. You may find yourself able to go into a hypnotic state easily, or you may have to work at it. The same is also true of trance depth. Some people go into very deep trances with no effort; others find it difficult to enter more than a light trance. Fortunately, almost all tasks, including such things as quitting smoking, losing weight, or dealing with anxiety, don’t require a deep trance.
In a hypnotic state, you will use what you can think of as trance talents. In the normal, waking state, everyone has specific talents; they are better at some things than at others. This is true in the hypnotic state as well. For instance, some people can numb out physical sensations, and can sharpen that talent under hypnosis to deal with pain. Someone else may not be very good at numbing, but have a talent for distracting themselves, so they just don’t notice the pain. Your hypnotist will help you identify and improve the talents you bring into the hypnotic session.