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Questions and Answers about Hypnosis
Are you curious about hypnotherapy? Do you know what to ask for when searching for a hypnotherapist?
Please let me help you ask the right questions. Read this section and learn. Knowledge is power.
Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about hypnosis. If you come across a question
which is not addressed here please let me know. Use the link below to add your question to my database.
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is no such thing as a silly or wrong question.
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Nancy C. Davis
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What should I look for when searching for a good Hypnotherapist?
First and foremost you should ask what kind of formal education qualifies
them to be a Hypnotherapist. If they state they graduated from a certain University,
inquire about the university... was it in the United States, was it a mail order
degree or an Internet degree, did they obtain their diploma by attending 4-8 years
of sit-down classroom study in a university setting or did they buy it. Ask them how
long it took them to obtain their certification?. (i.e.,
did they obtain their core hypnosis certification from a weekend course or did they have an extended
course with an internship)?
Be bold ASK!!! (After all, it's your money and your
awareness at stake here) ...
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Ask them what they do to keep up with their CEU's (Continuing Education Units).
Ask how long they have been in business.
Ask if they have maintained their office in the same location or if they have
just arrived from another State.
Ask what national organizations they are affiliated with and if they are a
current member in good standing with these organizations. Check with the organizations
they have told you about to verify their credentials.
Check with the Better Business Bureau for any complaints against them.
Ask for referrals? If they refuse to give you any, that should warn you. Most
Hypnotherapists keep a list of referrals (people who are willing to speak freely
on their behalf). If they have been in practice for any length of time you should be able to easily to obtain 2-3 names.
Ask what Healing Arts Pracitoner they practice under. By that I mean, if the hypnotist is not a
licensed mental health counselor (LMHC), Psychologist, Psychiatrist or any other Practioner of the Healing arts licensed in the state of
Florida, they must use a referring Practioner in conjunction with their practice. This Practioner
does not need to oversee all of their Hypnosis clients, just the client who are
seeking help in the area of depression, addictions or other misc. diagnosed clinical illnesses.
In these cases it is necessary for the Hypnotherapist AND the State Licensed Practioner to work together. Sareet Taylor (LMHC) and I
work closely whenever clients fall into the above referenced categories.
Inquire about their career history prior to becoming a hypnotist, this will tell you a lot about
the person. You want to be sure that you are hiring a qualified person to treat
your condition. Eliminate the Fly-by-niters and look for an established Hypnotherapist
who can provide you with the help you need. Remember, the more information you have,
the more successful you will be on picking a hypnotist that will treat you with knowledge,
expertise and awareness.....
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What is the difference between a hypnotist and a Hypnotherapist?
If you are calling yourself a Hypnotist or a Hypnotherapist it simply means that you are
practicing the art of hypnosis. It may be for entertainment purposes or
it may be for mental awareness. Please note, mental awareness, is not the type of
mental health therapy you would receive from a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Psychologist
The title Hypnotist or Hypnotherapist is frequently used interchangably. Some people feel it is better
for them to have a session with a Hypnotist / Hypnotherapist
rather than a LMHC or Ph.D. because the Hypnotist / Hypnotherapist practices Hypnosis exclusively.
Others feel more comfortable visiting a traditional Counselor or Psychologist for their issues. If you are unsure
about hypnosis / hypnotherapy as a mode of treatment for your condition, please discuss these options with your doctor.
If you choose hypnosis for your concerns. Please contact a few hypnotists / hypnotherapists to find out who you feel most comfortable with.
It is so important for you to educate yourself! Research whomever you choose. Always ask for credentials, if they are not clearly reflected on
DEBATE - Many times a Ph.D. or LMHC may go several weeks or months without practicing hypnosis,
then have a hypnosis client. Some say the LMHC's or Ph.D.'s only practice hypnosis part
time therefore making them only half as good as someone who practices hypnosis every day.
This is just an opinion. This is not intended to degrade, in any way, the qualifications of a Ph.D. or a LMHC.
The practice of hypnosis by either party can create incredible positve changes in your life.
Only you, the client, should decide who is best for you and who you should see.
Can anybody be hypnotized?
There are some limitations, but they are few.
People who have a high degree of certain physiological mental
disorders are not canidates for hypnosis. People who have been
diagnosed as having Mental Retardation, brain damage (either
by accident or inheritance) or Attention Deficit Disorders can
all fall into this area. Keep in mind that there are exceptions
to every rule, but generally, if there is a significant amount
of brain damage or lack of cognitive functioning this particular
person would not be appropriate for the hypnotic process. If
you do not fall into any of the above categories you should be a
canidate. The only rule Nancy has is what she calls her "GOTTAWANNA"
rule. More simply stated, if you have the desire and the willingness
to be hypnotized, you can be.
I'm very strong willed, can I be hypnotized?
It does not matter if your will power is weak or strong, if you want to go into an
altered state of mind where you can tap into limitless resources you can be hypnotized.
Some people say that the more will power you have, the better, but this is not a requirement,
or a rule of thumb. If you want to be hypnotized you can be. Strong willed or weak it
will not matter.
I tried it before and it didn't work. How do I know it will work with you?
Every hypnotic experience is different. It's like finding the right doctor or
physical trainer, if you want to experience hypnosis you must find a hypnotist that is
sensitive to your personal needs and understands your personality. Ask the above questions;
spend a few minutes on the phone with them to obtain this information. If you do this,
and follow your instincts, you will be successful in finding a Hypnotherapist that is
just right for you.
I saw a stage performance before; will you make me quack like a duck?
No, I will not make you quack like a duck...unless you want to. Stage performance
is done for the sake of entertainment. It is real and the performers are in a hypnotic
state where their inhibitions are lowered, but not to the state where they will do anything
that is against their moral standards. No one in a hypnotic state can be forced to do
anything against his or her will.
All I get is an answering machine or voice mail, I want a real person, why does this
The majority of Hypnotherapist are sole practitioners. When they are in a session or
out of the office they transfer their phone to their machines or their voice mails.
You are encouraged to leave a message when you reach a machine due to this situation.
You should also be pleased when the Hypnotherapist returns your call because you know
that you will have their full attention at that time. When someone like a Hypnotherapist
dedicates their life to helping others, sometimes it takes the aid of the machine to help
them reach their goals in reaching out to you. If you get an answering service,
where a real person answers the phone, but it is not the Hypnotherapist, the service
usually won't be able to do anything other than take a name and number. So please, don't
be discouraged if you get a machine or a service. That is usually a good sign. It means
your Hypnotherapist is busy helping others and they will call you to back to help you
if you leave a message.
What if the hypnotherapist does not call me back?
First off, make sure that you have spoken your name and phone number slowly and clearly.
I generally recommend that you repeat your number twice, just for the sake of clarity.
You want to make sure that your message is heard very clear on the answering device. If
you get no response after leaving your message? personally I would move along with my search.
You should be able to speak directly to the hypnotherapist
(not an answering service or secretary) within a day or so of your
initial message. You should have all your questions answered by the
hypnotherapist within a reasonable time so you can receive the help
you need rapidly. If a day or two go by you may want to leave your final message on the
answering device. I only say this because sometimes machines can fail due to power outages (remember our
daily Florida thunderstorms in the summer) or other misc. problems. This gives the Hypnotist the security
of knowing they have a human back up, which is you, in these circumstances.
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