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Marilyn Olsen, CCht, DCH
Clinical Hypnotherapist
What is hypnosis and can I be hypnotized?
Hypnosis is an altered state of conscious that occurs just prior to the sleep state.  Everyone passes through this state when they wake or go to sleep, therefore everyone can be hypnotized.  However, it is possible to resist hypnosis.

How deos it feel to be hypnotized?
This answer is extremely important because of the misconceptions people often have about what they expected to experience.  Most people expect to go through something different, new and spectaular while in the hypnotic state.  Often he/she equates hynosis with being asleep or unconscious.  In hypnosis you find your mind active, your are very aware of yourself and remember everything that happens and is said.  This state is similar to the state just before you go to sleep, when you are very relaxed and not sure if you are awake or asleep.  You may experience a feeling of heaviness in your arms or a tingling of your hands or fingers.

Is Hypnosis Safe?
The hypnotic state is as safe as the sleep state.  On the whole, hypnosis is safe and comforting when practiced by ethical and qualified practitioners.  It is IMPOSSIBLE to get "stuck" in the hypnotic state.

How does hypnotherapy work?
Nervous symptoms and unhappiness are the product of inner emotional conflicts.  In hypnotherapy you are helped to understand your internal conflicts, so you can do something constructive about solving them.

Do I need Hypnotherapy?
If you have nervous symptoms such as tensions, depression, fears, fatigue or chertain physical complaints for which your Doctor finds no physical basis; if you find it difficlt to get along at work, in relationships or in school or if you simply feel irritable, unhappy and believe your are not getting the most out of life, hypnotherapy will be of help to you.

If I cannot solve my personal problems without help, does that mean I have a weak will or am on the way to a breakdown?
NO.  It is often difficult to work out emotional problems by yourself because you are too close to them and cannot see them clearly.  that fact that you desire help is a compliment to your judgement and is no indication of mental instability.  Hypnotherapy has helped many people to overcome serious emotional symptoms and to live fuller lives.

What happens to my personal information?
Records are necessary because they allow a more thorought dealing with one's problems.  Since the information is of highly personal nature, case records are strictly confidential.

How does Hypnosis work?
The human mind is extrememly suggestible and is being bombarded by suggestive stimuli from the outside and suggestive thoughts and ideas from the inside.  Much suffering is the reaction of negative thoughts and impulses invading your mind from conscious recesses.  Past experiences, guilt feelings and repudiated feelings and impulses can push themselves into awareness, directly or in disguised forms, sabotaging one's happiness, health and efficiency.  Ingrained "negative" thinking habits are not easy to break, but in hypnosis your mind is active, your thoughts are under control and you are in complete communication with the Hypnotherapist and yourself.

How do I benefit from hypnosis?
Think of hypnosis as a spectrum of awareness stretching from waking to sleep.  Over this entire spectrum, suggestibility is increased and this suggestibility is potentially beneficial if put to constructive use.  The depth of hypnosis doesn't necessarily correlate to the level of suggestibility.  Therefore, regardless of the depth of trance, you can benefit from the therapeutic effects.

What problems can Hypnotherapy help?
Hypnotherapy can resolve many issues.  Some of the more common things are weight, smoking, addictions, habits, stress, phobias, anger, sports enhancement, attitude, learning, focus, sleep, anxiety, relaxation, self confidence and fear.  Others are Past life regression, spirit releasement, post traumatic stress syndrom, birthing, behavior modification, emotional stress release just to name some.  If you have an issue not listed here please feel free to ask about it.

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