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Hypnosis Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ's about Hypnotherapy

Most people considering Hypnosis have questions, here are our most frequently asked questions regarding Hypnosis and what to expect. If after reading you still have questions, feel free to call or send us an email and we will respond as soon as possible.

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a completely natural and powerful technique of physical and mental relaxation that enables the subconscious mind to be more receptive to positive suggestions given by a hypnotist. This allows physical and emotional challenges to be quickly addressed and resolved so that mind and body functions can be improved or renewed to normal activity. Although the traditional methods such as psychiatry and psychology work, the difference with hypnosis is the brief amount of time that is required to accomplish changes in habits, behaviors and manage health challenges through the use of hypnotherapy.

Is Hypnosis dangerous?

No, Hypnosis is a natural state of mind. You are always in control and I will ensure that you feel completely comfortable at all times. 

Does Hypnotherapy / Hypnosis work?

Hypnosis a client centered process, in which the specific issues of the individual are addressed based on their particular needs, challenges, motivations, triggers, and goals.

Hypnotherapy reaches and deals with challenges of the mind and body. It is a state of mental relaxation in which the critical factor of the conscious mind is set aside to allow the subconscious mind to be receptive to suggestions from your Hypnotist.

The Hypnotist uses a series of repeated directions to allow the client to achieve a deep state of relaxation. As you become more deeply relaxed the conscious mind is less active and the subconscious is free to explore challenging issues and to accept positive suggestions to improve mental and/or physical health challenges or eliminate negative behavior or habits.

The Hypnotist uses statements and positive suggestions that allow the subconscious mind to become stronger and more effective to deal with whatever challenges or behaviors the client is experiencing, wants to change or eliminate.

When is Hypnosis effective?

Hypnosis is effective in changing negative feelings and behaviors. It can eliminate unhealthy or destructive habits, improve physiological and physical health, provide solutions for physical challenges and increase an individual’s performance and sense of well-being.

How many sessions will I need?

The majority of challenges can be resolved in anywhere between 2 - 4 sessions on average. Typically I do not go beyond 6 sessions for most issues. It does depend on your specific challenge, how you respond and how challenging your individual situation is. Hypnosis is a rapid and brief therapeutic technique, and it recognizes that no one wants to invest hard earned money on a therapy any longer than needed. I always use techniques that I deem most appropriate and which enable you to achieve your desired results and move on as quickly as possible.

Can I address more than one issue in the same session?

I would have to say from experience, it depends. If the challenges are reasonable and closely related, then often we can address both issues in the same session, this saves both time and money. If, however, the issues are poles apart, then it can weaken the process and would be inadvisable, as the subconscious mind may get over-burdened, and then neither issue is addressed satisfactorily or resolved.

What can I do after the session?

I will also teach you techniques to use by yourself outside my consulting office, including self-hypnosis, which will be beneficial in assisting you reaching the goals that we set at the first session.

The National Institute of Medicine and the A.M.A.(American Medical Association) have endorsed Hypnotherapy/Hypnosis as a complimentary therapy. Listed below are examples of situations that respond well to Hypnosis.

With Hypnosis YOU CAN:

ELIMINATE: pounds and inches, quit smoking, stress, insomnia, addictions, phobias, compulsions 

ENHANCE: learning ability, sales performance, productivity and natural childbirth

IMPROVE: confidence, relationships, communication skills, motivation, and study habits

CONTROL: compulsions, anger, stress, depression, anxiety and chronic pain associated with (cancer, AIDS, headaches, arthritis, etc.)

and other chronic illnesses and conditions (IBS, Fibromyalgia, etc.)

LEARN: self-hypnosis to manage stress, anxiety, discomfort and more.. 

Gain confidence fast through hypnosis

How do I choose the right Hypnotist?

It is very important that you feel completely comfortable with your Hypnotist. When you first call for information, if the Hypnotist is unavailable you should ask that they personally return your call to answer all your questions prior to your first appointment. This will assure you that the Hypnotist shares your philosophy of healing and recovery. Ascertain that the Hypnotist is well trained in your particular area of concern. Ask questions that are important to you, because your questions and beliefs are a vital part of your healing process.

Caution: You will not receive the greatest degree of positive results if the Hypnotist uses a pre-recorded or a generic type session for everyone with the same challenges or concerns. It is imperative that your hypnotist takes the time to establish what makes your challenge or situation unique in order for you to achieve the permanent changes and improvements that you desire.

How do I know Hypnosis will work for me?

Anyone of normal or higher intelligence can be hypnotized.

Even young or learning disabled children who are able to listen to a story being told are receptive to Hypnosis.

Most people are in a state of hypnosis several times a day. When you are daydreaming or lose track of time when you are o a long drive,reading a good book, watching a good movie or your favorite sports team, playing video games, if you hear a song that takes you back to another time or place you are in a hypnotic state!

This "altered state" between waking and sleeping is a perfectly natural state we all go through as we begin to drift off to sleep or when we are extremely relaxed. It is not the "hypnotic state" but the suggestions and instructions which are placed into the subconscious mind while the subject is in a relaxed state of mind that enables and accomplishes change in habits or behaviors.

Contrary to most beliefs, it is not necessary to be in a deep state of hypnosis in order to accomplish positive results. In fact, hypnotherapy is quite different from the "stage hypnosis" that most people may be familiar with where people do things that are silly or embarrassing. Your hypnotist does not have "control of your mind" and you will not do anything that you would not choose to do on a conscious level.

Can Elevate Hypnosis help me?

When you call the Elevate Hypnosis office you will usually speak with Bree Johnson the Consulting Hypnotherapist. In addition to her Board Certification in Hypnosis, she has also been a licensed Nurse for over 20 years working in Pediatrics, Medical-Surgical, Geriatrics, Psych and Rehabilitation. She has also worked for a major HIT (Healthcare Information Technology) corporation in Charlotte, NC as a Clinical Consultant for 9 years before deciding to pursue her passion for helping people on an individual basis. She is in general practice

full time and has been successful in all areas of Hypnosis. She remains

an active member in excellent standing of The National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH).

Based on her experience, she believes that as the mind and body work together in agreement and harmony positive results occur that increases an individual’s health, happiness, and productivity easily and naturally.

If we are with a client at the time you call, please leave a voicemail message for us and we will return your call as soon we are free. You can also feel free to contact us via email detailing your concern and what you would like to achieve, and we will tell you what we think your possibility of success is and we can then schedule a consultation to discuss your challenges. There is never a charge for your initial phone consultation.

All it takes to achieve positive results that can last a lifetime is your desire to Change...

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Elevate Hypnosis, LLC

301 McCullough Drive

Charlotte, NC 28262

Disclaimer: I am a board certified Consulting Hypnotist (CH) providing services in Charlotte, NC and the surrounding areas. I make no health benefit claims for my services.

I do not practice psychology nor do I represent my services as the practice of psychology.

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