Hypnotherapy - Frequently Asked Questions
Along with “How much does a session cost?”, a companion question almost always is; “How many sessions will I need?”. Of course, that is a question we all want the answer to.
That’s a completely fair question, and I hate having to answer this way; “It depends.”
Okay, now we have that out of the way, let’s explore what that means.
First, let’s acknowledge that there are no “hypno-miracles.” With some issues, with some people, there is dramatic reduction and even elimination of the complaint during the first session. But I ALWAYS recommend at least one follow-up session, even in those cases. Some issues, like phobias, tend to see results in fewer sessions than others. From there, “it depends.”
I would love to be able to say with precision; “this will be resolved in x sessions,” but in most cases that is not practical.
You need to know how long/how much and I don’t have enough information to get there. So, in an attempt to resolve this dilemma, here’s our best bet:
- Let’s discuss the details around what you are facing and what you want to accomplish. Email is fine, or we can talk on the phone. Between what you offer and the answer to questions I will ask, I can usually get to the point where I can say; “At least x sessions…”.
I want to give you an exact number just as much as you want that number, but anyone who quoted a number for me without knowing the specifics about me would immediately raise my suspicions.
That’s a question that is so important that I dedicated an entire page to it.
Please see the “Choosing a Hypnotherapist” page.
As a rule, the content of a session has been discussed in advance, but it can happen where the hypnotherapist is using imagery you aren’t seeing or don’t like.
In most cases, if the hypnotherapist keeps saying “green” and you are seeing “blue”, you will simply see blue and go on. For most things, the exactness of the image is not the point. If you find it jarring or the hypnotherapist is using an image you can’t deal with, you will simply open your eyes and correct what is being said.
I had one client who didn’t reveal a phobia to me. With her in a trance, I was using a flock of birds moving in formation in the sky as an image. She opened her eyes and asked if could skip the birds because birds are “too pecky”. I changed images and she was back under, more deeply than before.
No. Most change work can be done at even the preliminary levels of hypnosis.
As long as the subconscious is open to suggestion, work can proceed and that happens in even the lightest trances.
You can see one system for measuring trance depth on my Arons Scale page.
Anyone with even average intelligence and a bit of imagination can be hypnotized to one degree or another. Once hypnotized, if the therapist knows what they are doing, therapy can be conducted in a way that works best for the client.
There is a range of susceptibility to both hypnosis and hypnotherapy, but in general, “yes”, virtually everyone will respond. In some cases, a person may be only capable of only light levels of hypnotic trance, but the good news is that most therapies can be conducted at even Stage 1 on Arons Scale of Hypnotic Depth.
Hypnosis almost always requires a willing participant. If you actively resist or work to prevent trance, then you would be the exception to this question.