Common Questions about Hypnosis
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Can I be Hypnotized?
Yes, of course! Have you ever had the common experience of driving home, and suddenly found you had arrived, not remembering details of the drive? That is an example of the natural hypnotic state. You've also already been hypnotized anytime you watched an enjoyable movie, or read a good book. Hypnosis is a normal and natural state of mind that everyone has already experienced. Actually, it's such a normal state of mind that most people don't realize they are hypnotized.
All you need to do to go into a state of hypnosis when coming to Summit Hypnosis is to be willing and able to follow simple, gentle instructions for reaching a state of focused awareness.
What can hypnosis be used for?
Hypnosis can be applied to overcoming harmful habits, getting rid of unwanted weight, pre and post surgery, improving athletic performance and curing insomnia. It also may be effective in dealing with anxiety, fears and phobias, depression and acute and chronic pain management.
Will I reveal too much when I am hypnotized?
Hypnosis is not a truth-serum or other drug. Since you are in charge, and letting yourself be hypnotized, your own mind determines how much or how little you wish to contribute to a hypnosis session. You can just as freely answer and not answer questions in a hypnotic state as you do in a wide-awake one.
Can hypnosis be used to reduce pain from illness or injury?
Pain is a warning that something is wrong with the body, and the cause should be diagnosed by someone qualified to do so. You should only seek hypnotherapy for pain management after receiving the appropriate referral from your primary health care professional. With appropriate referral, hypnosis to reduce pain has a good track record. Note: it is also called hypnotic pain management. If you wish to explore the use of hypnosis to reduce your pain, ask your personal physician to provide you with a referral.
Who Will Hypnotize me?
Deane Benninghoven is a certified Master Hypnotist, registered with the National Guild of Hypnotists and the State of Washington.
In addition, he has earned an extra certification in the advanced hypnotherapy system called 5- PATH®. He is a certified 7th-Path® Hypnosis teacher as well. Rest assured that he will treat you with professionalism and respect, your visits are completely confidential.
Can a hypnotist make me do something I don’t want to do, is it safe?
All hypnosis is actually "self-hypnosis." You are allowing the hypnotist to guide you into your deeper and broader memory and other resources. No one can hypnotize you against your will. You are free to reject and receive any suggestion at any time.
Hypnosis is safe - it's a perfectly normal and common state of mind we go into naturally every day. You enter hypnosis regularly when daydreaming, or watching a compelling movie, . During these activities you remain consciously aware and in complete control, just as you do when a professional hypnotherapist assists you in entering into a state of hypnosis.
SHould I learn self-hypnosis?
Many people have found it very helpful to learn self-hypnosis. Although it may not be sufficient with all goals, self-hypnosis can be very helpful to supplement a professional hypnotherapy program and/or many self-help programs to achieve goals or manage stress.
I don’t live near Tacoma, can I still work with you?
Yes! My hypnotherapy services are available remotely via video conference call.