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Can people be hypnotized if they don’t want to be?

No, you can’t be hypnotized without your consent and agreement. Hypnosis, with a qualified Certified Hypnotherapist, is completely at the client’s consent, and is an effective method to make positive change in our lives.

Who can be hypnotized?

Those who can be hypnotized are those of average (or higher) intelligence and who haven’t had any brain damage. People who are not good candidates for hypnosis or hypnotherapy are those under the influence of heavy narcotics, or those who have psychotic symptoms, or those who have some form of physical brain damage. The only others who may not be hypnotized are those who don’t want to be hypnotized.

Will I know what is going on while I’m in hypnosis?

Yes, there is NOT a loss of control on your part. You would NEVER do anything in hypnosis (or hypnotherapy) that you would not want to do in your waking state. Everything is ruled (if you will) by who you are and what you would and would not do in any situation (whether it’s a conscious state or a subconscious state). Unfortunately, the old movies/TV had us think otherwise out of their need to create drama. That was merely for entertainment and drawing us in to watch that movie/TV show.

Is there any loss of control in hypnosis?

No, you are completely in control while in hypnosis. While only the issue you are wanting to work on is addressed, if they way something is phrased, or any idea, does not work for you, you will easily let that idea go (and not take it in). Just as our subconscious mind helps take care of us in our normal waking state, while in hypnosis, you are totally in control. See the answer above as well.

Can people be “stuck” in the state of hypnosis?

Absolutely not! It’s a relaxed state – where we want to simply quiet your conscious mind and “talk” to your subconscious. In that way…you are always in control, at all times.

Can people be made to do silly things in hypnosis?

No. This idea comes from what people call stage hypnosis. Like the old movies and TV shows, stage hypnosis is for entertainment purposes, and there is an element of peer pressure as well (due to the subject/person feeling they “have” to do what the stage hypnotist says/suggests. Stage hypnosis unfortunately taints people’s ideas of what hypnosis can really be. What hypnosis actually is, with a qualified Certified Hypnotherapist, is an amazing tool to help you grow and progress in the direction you want. Real hypnosis and hypnotherapy include finding out more about the issue that one wants to get beyond, and how one prefers to think and feel about themselves. Then, Hypnotherapy introduces those thoughts and statements to the subconscious mind of the client. The subconscious mind is like a very powerful engine (to use a metaphor) that NEVER stops running. You have to put the new thoughts into your mind with a qualified Hypnotherapist such as Kay Fahlstrom.

Is hypnosis a new technique?

No, hypnosis has been said to have been used for a long as records have been kept. Modern clinical hypnosis is dated from the late 1700s, and the use of hypnosis has grown by leaps and bounds since 1958.

What about the length and cost of treatment?

The length of treatment will vary depending on the nature and severity of the problem. Many issues can be worked on, and progress made, in four sessions (ideally, completed within 4-6 weeks, if possible). Some deeply entrenched issues can require a longer treatment for the desired progress to be made. Clients of Kay’s, on their own, often choose to come back for more than the initial four sessions as they choose to work on a second, or third issue they want to make progress on (as they have been happy with the progress made on their first issue). Hypnosis is one tool and may be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment. Often, hypnosis helps quicken the pace of other treatments (just one example, is hypnosis prior to a surgery to help with anxiety about the surgery, or in some cases, facilitate the healing process afterward). Please note: hypnotherapists do not diagnose or prescribe (as they are not doctors), and hypnosis is not psychotherapy.

Can Hypnotherapy fix anything without me really trying?

No, hypnotherapy is only as good as you wanting to change, and showing up for your sessions. Hypnotherapy isn’t magic. Hypnotherapy is using the incredible power of your natural subconscious to move toward the thoughts or beliefs you would prefer. Like with anything, the more you put in to it, the better results you will have. For example, a person who puts a lot into it by repetitively saying and/or thinking the beliefs they are wanting to have between sessions, will likely have faster results than the person who doesn’t. This is not required, but it’s just an example of how to make progress in addition to the sessions held.