FAQs

What Is Hypnosis?
How does hypnosis work?
What is a post-hypnotic suggestion?
What are the benefits of hypnosis?
Will I be under the therapist’s control?
How deep will hypnosis take me?
How do I know if I can I be hypnotized?
How do I test if I can be hypnotized?
What is self-hypnosis?
What is transpersonal hypnotherapy?
How is Transpersonal Hypnotherapy used to support one’s spiritual journey?
What is the difference between meditation and hypnosis?
How much does hypnotherapy cost?
Is hypnotherapy covered by insurance?

What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis, or structured meditation, puts your body in a relaxed, alert state on purpose. It is a pleasant state of relaxation combined with very focused concentration. In some ways, hypnosis is similar to sleep. There is a narrowing of attention accompanied by tranquility and inertia. Unlike sleep, patients never lose awareness and are conscious of what is being said. There is no proof that an unconscious mind actually exists. Hypnosis is not magic; it’s brain science.

Visit Hypnosis Is Science to learn more about what happens during “hypnotic trance”

How does hypnosis work?
Hypnosis activates nerve pathways in the brain that cause the release of natural morphine-like endorphins. These “opioids” modify, the perception of pain and a variety of symptoms. Under hypnosis, patients can regulate body functions over which they normally have no control. Hypnotic suggestions override responses of the autonomic nervous system, reducing heart rate, blood pressure and slowing breathing. It provides the brain with enough blood to experience calm and imagine positive changes. Blood flow enhances neurotransmitters in the cognitive centers, improving mood, reducing stress and creating behavioral change.

What is a post-hypnotic suggestion?
A good example of post-hypnotic suggestion is how it is used by people who want to quit smoking. During hypnosis, the therapist gives the patient a suggestion to be acted on after the session. For example, long time smokers have been known to quit after one session and never smoke again. A suggestion of healthy foods tasting better creates rapid weight loss. In most cases, post-hypnotic suggestions require two or three sessions for lasting change.

What are the benefits of hypnosis?
Hypnosis is effective, doesn’t hurt, isn’t invasive and doesn’t require expensive equipment or drugs. With the help of a qualified hypnotherapist, you can alleviate a myriad of medical and psychological ailments. Once learned, most patients can continue to assist themselves with self-hypnosis techniques.

Will I be under the therapist’s control?
Although hypnosis renders subjects highly relaxed, they are not under the control of the hypnotherapist. You are always aware and in charge of your behavior. A hypnotist can’t make you act in ways that would normally be objectionable to you.

How deep will hypnosis take me?
There are various stages or depths of hypnosis. When you are under “lightly” you won’t feel any discomfort when pinched, but it takes a deeper state to control severe pain, such as that due to cancer, surgery or fibromyalgia. Deeper trance states have been used as an alternative to anesthetic.

Somnambulism is a very deep state of hypnosis where remarkable achievements are made with ease. Visualizations are vivid and constructive. One in 6 people are naturally somnambulistic. Most patients, after a few sessions, can attain a somnambulistic depth of hypnosis.

How do I know if I can I be hypnotized?
The idea that only the weak willed can be hypnotized is a myth. Ninety percent of the population can be hypnotized, if they want to be and if they trust the therapist. Being intelligent and imaginative helps, too.

How do I test if I can be hypnotized?
Dr. Howard Spiegel, a doctor in New York City who is a well-known hypnotist, claims that he can predict whether or not someone can be easily hypnotized. Here is how he pretests his subjects: he has them roll their eyes back as far as they can and lower their eyelids at the same time. The more white there is when the eyes are half-closed, the greater the ability to be hypnotized.

What is self-hypnosis?
Self-hypnosis is achieving a trance state without the assistance of a hypnotherapist. Reputable therapists recommend patients practice self-hypnosis between sessions. Many people find it useful to have a trained hypnotherapist give them suggestions so they can focus their mind on just listening.

What is transpersonal hypnotherapy?
Unlike simple medical hypnosis, which uses simple post-hypnotic suggestions, transpersonal hypnotherapy treats the body, the emotions and the spirit together. The patient and the therapist collaborate to design an individualized treatment approach. Techniques include guided imagery, age regression, active imagination and interactive trance and spiritual work.

Transpersonal therapy more deeply addresses personal change and life issues to create lasting change.

How is Transpersonal Hypnotherapy used to support one’s spiritual journey?
Under hypnosis many people experience a sense of universal oneness. Once this state is achieved, subjects can deeper finding solutions and healing. The therapist directs the patient to ask for spiritual wisdom. Clear information comes from the patient’s Higher Self, giving insightful solutions to difficult issues. Past life work can create a context to understand things lived today, reduce the fear of loss, and provide hope. The spiritual aspects of hypnosis include:

  • Quiet inner critic
  • Access trusted source/inner wisdom
  • Discern life purpose
  • Negotiate life transitions
  • Confront shadow personality
  • Integrate sub-personalities
  • Experience past lives
  • Eliminate fear of death
  • Achieve work/life balance
  • Enhance prayer/meditation

What is the difference between meditation and hypnosis?
Midday meditation hypnosis and meditation are both relaxed, focused states. The purpose of hypnosis is to use the power of this state to affect change in our lives. The purpose of meditation is to stop thinking for a while and glimpse the spirit within.

A daily meditation practice enhances the results achieved through hypnosis and is encouraged as a part of transformational growth.

How much does hypnotherapy cost?
Prices vary depending on what treatment is required. Package pricing is available to suit your budget.

Is hypnotherapy covered by insurance?
Not usually. Some insurance and Flexible Spending Programs will cover hypnosis ordered by a doctor.

Cynthia Beck, MH, offers hypnotherapy in Sedona, Arizona. Call today (928) 821-5066 for your FREE consultation!