Remedy Hypnotherapy in Sacramento and the San Franciso Bay Area | Frequently Asked Questions
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Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY?

Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic and holistic process that provides your subconscious mind alternative and lasting solutions, that counter the unwanted behaviors, thoughts, activities, and reactions that you experience. It can also be used to pull up certain memories of your past and even previous life experiences through regression.

WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY IN-DEPTH?

Hypnotherapy taps past the conscious mind into the deeper subconscious mind where all of the root and deeper areas of concern reside. It utilizes the trance-state which is simply a sustained lowered breathing and relaxed brain-wave level(s) in which the mind is more susceptible to suggestions. The trance states are induced through the voice of the hypnotherapist, and/or the background noises such as music during the hypnotherapy session. From there, effective suggestions are provided which are accepted by the subconscious mind overriding the previous unwanted programming. The newer suggestions lock and the wanted results occur, usually permanently.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Humans have basically two minds- the conscious and the subconscious. The conscious mind is the smaller mind holding approximately 1 million thoughts while the subconscious holds numerous millions of thoughts and is significantly bigger. The conscious mind holds all of the thoughts and memories that you remember, while the subconscious holds all the memories that are too deep or too many to remember and all other body functions.

When a negative thought, belief, pattern occurs in the conscious mind, a simple conscious-level solution will resolve the issue. However, when it becomes deeper and moves to the subconscious, a conscious-level approach will likely be ineffective. This is like fishing for a deep water fish using a shallow fish bait and shallow fishing equipment- and it usually won’t work well or consistently.  Hypnotherapy through the trance state goes deeper to the subconscious mind and provides a suggestion/solution that is counter to the sabotaging idea or belief that you already had there, then it overrides it over a short amount of time.

The skilled hypnotherapist will use their voice, inflection, tone, and patterning to allow the client to get into an increasingly relaxed state- sometimes gradually and other times instantaneously. When this trance state is reached, the suggestions are given utilizing the hypnotic language- a language that the subconscious mind is susceptible to. Towards the end of the hypnotherapy the hypnotherapist will usually place a post-hypnotic suggestion in which is a suggestive reminder than anytime the clients sees or experiences an associated handle (action, thought, item) that the hypnotic suggestion will be reminded and positive thoughts and actions should be taken.

WHY IS HYPNOTHERAPY SO EFFECTIVE?

Hypnotherapy is so effective because it doesn’t require numerous of expensive visits and you will usually see results in a short amount of time ranging from instantly to about a week or so. From my experience, I have found hypnotherapy to be so effective because it addresses the problem exactly where the problem is- at the subconscious. Many other modalities will try and address a subconscious problem  using a conscious approach and that rarely works.

A great way to identify if any system works is to see if it works consistently to get the desired results. Hypnotherapy reliably does just that. Hypnotherapy seems to work so well because its individually tailored towards the client and their solution simply because people are different as is their perception to their area(s) of concern.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SUPPORTING CONCEPTS OF HYPNOTHERAPY?

Some of the supporting concepts of hypnotherapy are Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), some psychology, and behavioral studies. Depending on who is teaching hypnotherapy- you can usually find concepts of Carl Jung’s theories touching into the holistic and spiritual aspects within the teachings of hypnotherapy. Some schools of hypnotherapy utilize (EFT) Emotional-Freedom Technique /Tapping Method, while others use other outside modalities such as muscle testing. A great way to identify if any system works is to identify if you get consistent and accurate results time and time again.

WHO INVENTED HYPNOTHERAPY?

Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis have their roots in the trance state which dates back to early human history. Although there is no know actual inventor there are contributors to the field of hypnotherapy and hypnosis. Some of them include: Ibn Sina, Franz Anton Mesmer, James Esdaile, James Braid, Jean-Martin Chacot, Bob Neill, Harry Arons, Dave Elman, & Milton Erickson are some of the largest contributors to the Hypnotherapy field and research. Each researcher or contributor has continually added their experiments and research to the field of hypnotherapy, which is continually growing to this day.

The American Psychological Association regards hypnosis as a branch of psychology.

WHERE WAS HYPNOTHERAPY PRACTICED FIRST?

Hypnotherapy- being sourced from the trance state was technically practiced worldwide. Likely it was initially recorded in observation in the areas of India, it was later organized through the observations, practices, and research of French, German, and English doctors and researchers. It was initially practiced in India, then Africa, Europe, and America.

HYPNOTHERAPY YESTERDAY VS. TODAY

Many ideas of the original methods of hypnotherapy and what old Hollywood portrays has stuck such as using a pocket watch on a chain or someone acting hilariously like a house cat. Well, the using the pocket watch is the equivalent of rubbing two sticks together to make a fire, while the house cat bit….probably better if you get a different type of hypnotist such as a stage hypnotists. Today we use background sounds, beats, and holistic products such as essential oils, and other methods to assist in getting the client as relaxed and calm as possible as the more comfortable the client is the better the session usually is.

Hypnotherapy was always used in the healing field which is why it is no surprise it continued this in the present. It has also moved into other areas such as fears, phobias, sports, psychology, education, and other areas. Since hypnotherapy is an international practice- its difficult to determine which field that it is exclusive from.

WHO USES HYPNOTHERAPY TODAY?

Hypnotherapy is used by doctors, dentists, nurses, psychologists, court prosecutors, past life regressionists, birthing doulas, motivational coaches, sports performance specialists, and many others.

HOW MANY TYPES OF HYPNOTHERAPY ARE THERE?

Many. Currently listed are the known ones- however, hypnotherapy may be differentiated by technique or school of thought which would increase the quantity:

*Basic Hypnotherapy

*Clinical Hypnotherapy

*Medical Hypnotherapy

*Advanced Hypnotherapy

*Doula (Childbirthing) Hypnotherapy

*Ericksonian Hypnotherapy

*Past-Life Regression / Regression Hypnotherapy

*Court Regression Hypnotherapy

IS HYPNOTHERAPY SAFE FOR ME?

Hypnotherapy is absolutely safe. If one does not want the suggestion- the mind can actively resist or block the suggestion. Any suggestion given can be changed, modified, and if required undone by most any other hypnotherapist. The suggestions may always be reviewed prior to the session to see if they meet your result-based approval. Hypnotherapy is utilized to bring you closer to the results that you are looking for using the mind. Most sessions are recorded so that you can review the session and in many cases the hypnotherapist will allow another person present during your session.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY FIRST HYPNOTHERAPY SESSION?

Usually on your first session you can expect a form of interview process and depending on the hypnotherapist a hypnotherapy session then or at a later time. At Remedy Hypnotherapy we provide the interview, hypnotherapy session, recording, and follow up check-ups.

IS IT SAFE FOR CHILDREN, ELDERLY, OR OTHERS?

Yes it is- and if desired a parent or caring individual may be present if desired. Children usually respond very well to hypnotherapy being they haven’t learned all of the negative doubts, or habits as of yet. The language is broken down to an easier level so that they may be able to understand.

All others may benefit from hypnotherapy as well.

DOES INSURANCE COVER HYPNOTHERAPY?

Usually not. I have looked and although they are moving into the direction of holistic practices I have not yet found an insurance that wants to allow hypnotherapy into its networks.  Remedy Hypnotherapy offers affordable and competitive prices especially compared to effectiveness and pricing with other type of treatments and therapies.

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF HYPNOTHERAPY?

Very difficult to say since it is a practice and research is constantly being done. I predict that the future of Hypnotherapy will work to affect the DNA, and open new portals of the mind, and begin to work in the field of awakening comatose clients. It is possible that hypnotherapy will move toward accelerated learning utilizing past life or universal subconscious knowledge. At the least it will become an more accepted modality for healing, learning, and emotional balancing.

IS THERE A POSSIBILITY THAT IT WON'T WORK FOR ME?

Not likely. Everyone enters the trance state naturally and the better question would be – ‘How long would it take to work for me?’ If you resist the suggestions, or are uncommitted to your own results, it could delay the results- and it is likely that you have other self-sabotaging behaviors that should be addressed first (using hypnotherapy would help this area).

WHAT MUST I DO TO PREPARE?

It would be ideal to prepare for your hypnotherapy session  by limiting the amount of nicotine, caffeine, and all drugs both legal and illegal as possible. Being slightly drowsy is an even better benefit. Other things that could help is being slightly optimistic, and having an idea of how much participation that you would like to have in your own results.

HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN I AM READY?

Simply said- You are ready for change and will take the required action needed to get the results. We will help you get and maintain the direction, mindset, and momentum  to get you there. You can place a horse in water up to its eyeballs and it can still die of thirst. Curiosity counts!

IS THERE ANY AREA WHERE HYPNOTHERAPY DOESN'T COVER?

Forcing others to do things they don’t want, brainwashing, stealing secrets, etc. If you have a specific question call us and ask. Everything is kept confidential.

WILL IT WORK WELL WITH OTHER MODALITIES?

Yes. Hypnotherapy is non-invasive and works well with other modalities.

IS THERE ANY AREA WHERE HYPNOTHERAPY DOESN'T COVER?

Forcing others to do things they don’t want, brainwashing, stealing secrets, etc. If you have a specific question call us and ask. Everything is kept confidential.

WHO ARE THE GOVERNING BODIES THAT OVERSEE HYPNOTHERAPY?

It depends on your geographical location. In the United States the main one is the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

HYPNOTHERAPY VS. THERAPY

Hypnotherapy and therapy both appear to address areas of concern differently. I have found that usually you will need a significantly lesser amount of sessions with hypnotherapy than clinical therapy. The cost comparison will also have you saving money with hypnotherapy in the short and long term. Finally, hypnotherapy will likely have a lasting effect that is measurably longer-lasting due to its subconscious language and suggestions. I have had clients who have seen other hypnotherapists, as well as clinical therapists and have come to this conclusion.

From the many branches of clinical therapy that is have examined, I have found that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) were amongst the most effective, if one were insistent on seeing a clinical therapist.

CAN I MAKE MY WIFE / HUSBAND BE OR DO HYPNOTHERAPY?

Not really. I have couples come in and it doesn’t work like that. Your results will be significantly more effective if the person is open-minded or willing to change on their own, even if they don’t know how. Forcing and hypnotherapy don’t go well together.

IS HYPNOTHERAPY LIKE BRAIN-WASHING?

It is not. Clients come willingly to us and we give them the suggestions that they need to get to their desired end result. Even that can be blocked if the client has the idea to force out the suggestion.

Once in a while a client thinks they want a result, and believe that by coming in, seeing a hypnotherapist, paying the fee, investing time, that they in their heart want the result. This only means that they wanted to prove to a portion of themselves that they tried- but had no real investment in the result, which is essentially self-sabotaging thinking. Trying to prove to yourself or others that ‘This won’t work’ is fulfilling a part of yourself that demands the ‘I was right’ desire pattern to be fulfilled and is ego-based thinking. That is significantly different than someone who is authentic in their desires for results.

WHAT IS NEURO-LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING (NLP)?

Uses language patterns, coupled with physiology to modify thoughts, emotions, and logic to reframe your situation and how you are connected to it to modify thinking, habits, and behaviors.

HOW DOES IT WORK: NLP?

Using language patterns and physiology, the area of concern is examined and continuous application of different types of reframing and experience patterning changes the emotional attachment, significance, and perception of past, present, and future events to obtain or modify a desired habit-behavior or feeling.

WHO INVENTED NLP?

Richard Bandler  & John Grinder in the late 1970’s- using methods from a variety of sources to include Hypnotherapist Milton Erickson.

HOW NLP WAS INVENTED?

Gestalt  Therapist meets a Mathematician, and language patterns became a focus of study  when it was observed that behavioral patterns were positively modified. The research explored other holistic methods to build the concepts to what it is today. The breakdown of NLP in its full explanation is significantly more complicated. This is a basic summary.

WHY IS NLP SO EFFECTIVE?

NLP is so effective because its reframing technique has an emotional and logical application in which will change the way one thinks and feels about their situation and continually utilizes the process to continue to develop themselves.

WHERE WAS NLP PRACTICED FIRST?

Santa Cruz, California

WHO USES NLP TODAY?

Motivational speaker, performance coaches, holistic practitioners, business and sales coaches, and many more.

What is the In-depth list of areas that hypnotherapy can address?