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Hypnotherapy Frequently Asked Questions


Can hypnosis help me?
Can Hypnosis hurt me?
Is hypnosis "mind control?"
Can anyone be hypnotized?
What about those stage hypnotists that make people do silly things?
How much will I remember?
How many sessions will I need?
What's the difference between self-hypnosis, "guided imagery," "creative visualization" or meditation?
So how can being in hypnosis help resolve a problem?
How long does a session last?
How do I contact Martin for his hypnotherapy services?

Can hypnosis help me?

"Helping me get past my fear of public speaking?" "Improving my golf game?" "Helping me relax during exams?" "Curing my insomnia?" Etc.

Think for a moment about any issue in your life that you'd like to improve and ask yourself, "Does my mind interact with this issue/activity in any way? Do my thoughts/beliefs affect my performance? Do my feelings contribute to my experiences in this area? Have I had past experiences that are reinforcing my beliefs/thoughts/emotions in a negative way? Is it my expectation that I will NOT get the results I desire?"

Are you getting the picture? The mind, body and emotions are all connected. Therefore, I'm not aware of any issue that cannot be at least significantly improved/relieved through the regular use of hypnosis. Generally, there is a positive effect from hypnotherapy. When pain and trauma is released from the unconscious mind and the physical body's stored stress is also released from your cells. You can experience calmness, peace, and a feeling of joy from resolving an old issue, changing your behaviors and old patterns, leaning new information connecting with your inner wisdom, changes in how you perceive yourself and others. You can actually learn to let go of old hurts and angers, so they no longer affect you physically and emotionally. Your unconscious mind holds our keys to health, happiness and self-empowerment!
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Can Hypnosis hurt me?

In over two hundred years of recorded hypnosis history, there is no documented case of anyone being hurt with hypnosis. Hypnosis can only be used in a positive way. If anyone tries to give you suggestions against your morals, religious beliefs or anything you feel strongly about, you could instantly emerge from the state of relaxation on your own.
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Is hypnosis "mind control?"

No. No one under hypnosis can be induced to do anything against his or her will. Whatever moral and ethical codes you hold in a normal waking state will still be in place under hypnosis. You can actually lie when in hypnosis.

Your unconscious mind was formed when you were very young. Its job is to protect and help you. Just like you cannot be made to do anything against your moral code, you will not say anything that is embarrassing and will not reveal more than you are comfortable doing. Usually, if a hypnotherapist`s suggestion conflicts with a client's value system, the client simply brings him or herself up out of hypnosis; they just "wake up." You are in complete control at all times.

Hypnotherapy is a gentle, loving process and hypnotherapists are trained to not judge. You will heal and change in your own timing.
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Can anyone be hypnotized?

Everyone can be hypnotized but one has to be willing to do it. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, which means if you want to do it, you will. The very small minority of people who have difficulty in a session are usually those who:
a) don't really want to be hypnotized (perhaps to debunk the idea); or
b) can't relax and let go enough (perhaps fearing loss of control, which we know is a myth, or fearing the unknown) to go with the experience.

Some things you can do to increase your ability to go under hypnosis easier and faster are practicing meditation, visualization, yoga, or relaxation techniques.

If at any time you want to emerge from the state of hypnosis, for any reason, you will instantly, naturally open your eyes and become fully alert. No one can keep you in hypnosis against your will.
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What about those stage hypnotists that make people do silly things?

The "control factor" is still zero. Think about it: we've all seen or heard about those stage shows--we all have expectations about what happens in them. If you have never been formally hypnotized before, you may be expecting "fireworks."

When that doesn't happen, you think, "Oh, it's not working on me," and STOP TRYING, open your eyes and sit there waiting to be let off the stage. The people who will do well as volunteers are the people who do not expect to be transported to another realm. They understand that they will still "know what's going on" and still "hear everything the hypnotist says."

They stay with it and follow the hypnotist's instructions, even when they're not sure if it's working. You cannot simultaneously BE the show and SEE the show! You have to pick one and stick with it! Does anyone really think that if they volunteer to go on stage that the hypnotist will suggest they do something BRILLIANT? Anyone who volunteers is agreeing to play the part, whether they consciously admit it or not. For some, hypnosis (like alcohol) is a convenient "excuse" to act out and not take responsibility for their behavior.
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How much will I remember?

You'll remember everything--everything I say and everything you experience or everything you need to remember. However, because most clients receive a great deal of information it may take days, weeks or months to really process. I often encourage you to write your experience down as soon as possible. As with any experience, it's not unusual to lose the more subtle details with the passage of time, and some of the patterns you uncover may not "click" into place until much later.
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How many sessions will I need?

This all depends on the change that you want to make and your own PERSONAL COMMITMENT. I can see two different people who have the same problem. One person might need two sessions and the other might need four sessions. The reason for this is that we are all unique and respond differently. Since I can combine multiple modalities to empower clients (hypnotherapy, coaching, energy work), there are many options for making sustainable shifts to components of being.

How quickly do you want to see results? There are a lot of factors at work here. First, and foremost, there's your motivation level and commitment. If you're "trying" to quit smoking because your partner has put you up to it, you're not really all that motivated yourself, now are you? Advice: just quit wasting your time and money and be honest. There's no such thing as "trying to quit." You're either ready to be a non-smoker or you're not.

The same is true with just about anything. If your motivation and commitment level is HIGH, you'll likely experience results very quickly. If it's low, you may stop going to a hypnotherapist or stop listening to that new (self improvement) tape long before you see any results. Other factors that determine your success can include your comfort-level and respect for the hypnotherapist you're working with, as well as the regularity of your sessions and "homework." Hypnosis is NOT a magic pill.

You will actually have to do some WORK along the way. If you are expecting to be "put to sleep" and awaken "never wanting to eat chocolate again," you're probably destined for disappointment. It just doesn't happen that way. On the other hand, some people quit smoking after just one smoking session; they were what I'd call HIGHLY MOTIVATED and have COMMITMENT.

Do you?

Many people expect to be rich by not doing anything to make it happen!
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What's the difference between self-hypnosis, "guided imagery," "creative visualization" or meditation?

Truthfully, there's not a tremendous difference at all. Widespread misconceptions about hypnosis have made people afraid to call the process by its rightful name. "Guided Imagery" or "Creative Visualization" perhaps sound a little less mystical than "Hypnosis" and "Self-Hypnosis." All of these processes are simply procedures to relax the body and focus the mind. The state you attain can feel similar for each--no matter what you choose to call it.
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So how can being in hypnosis help resolve a problem?

When you experience hypnosis you are more relaxed, physically and mentally. When this occurs your mind operates more efficiently and effectively. An example of this is when you try and remember someone's name. It's on the tip of your tongue but you just can't get to it. After you stop trying and may be five minutes later the name comes back to you. The difference here is that you were putting your mind under tension trying to force it to remember. However when you stopped and thought of something else, you allowed your mind to relax and the name came to you. When the mind and body are relaxed we have better access to our memories. We are a product of our memories and past experiences. Sometimes we need to return to a memory in order to resolve what happened for our peace of mind before we can move on in the future.
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How long does a session last?

See Martin's hypnotherapy services.
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How do I contact Martin for his hypnotherapy services?

Contact Martin Matthews at
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