Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Is hypnosis mind control?

A: No. Hypnosis is a very cooperative process where the hypnotherapist helps to guide the client into a state of deep relaxation, and make suggestions to the subconscious mind for positive change that’s in alignment with the client’s conscious desires. However, if the client does not want to participate, the hypnotist cannot make the client go into a hypnotic state, nor can they force them to accept the suggestions.

Q: What is hypnosis?

A: Hypnosis is the process of going from a beta (alert) brainwave state down into the more predominantly meditative state of alpha/theta (relaxed). Everyone experiences hypnosis in their own way. Some people feel very relaxed and in a dream-like state, while some feel even more awake and aware than ever before. There is no wrong way to experience hypnosis. While in this relaxed state, the client’s unwanted associations are vented out, and new, more positive associations are reinforced, in order to help the client develop healthier patterns and behavior.

Q: What if I’ve never been hypnotized before?

A: No problem! Each experience with hypnosis may feel completely different from the last. And while you may have never been hypnotized by another person before, we all experience the state of hypnosis multiple times per day. If you’ve ever laughed or cried at a movie, you were in hypnosis. If you’ve ever driven past your exit and wondered where your mind was for the last several minutes, you were in hypnosis. When we awaken in the morning and just before we go to sleep, we are also in hypnosis.

Q: When you say “deep sleep” will I really be asleep?

A: No. Ideally, you will not fall asleep at any point during your hypnosis session! The subconscious mind takes in new information (suggestions) best when it is in a meditative state; this is the state that hypnotists refer to as “deep sleep”, and it is not a true sleep, but rather a resting state for your nervous system.

Q: Does online and telephone hypnosis really work?
A: Yes! Distance hypnosis via Zoom, FaceTime, or telephone work just as well as in-person hypnosis. In fact, over 95% of my close-proximity clients choose to do their sessions via Zoom from the comfort of their own home or office so they can save time on driving, and enjoy the relaxing benefits of hypnosis for an extended period of time.

Q: What do I need in order to make distance hypnosis work for me?
A: A strong Wifi or cell signal are required for Zoom or FaceTime, landlines or cell phones both work for tele-hypnosis. Additionally, you’ll need a space where you won’t be disturbed by others entering the room.

Do you have a question about hypnosis? Please email britt@brittsheflin.com with any questions you’d like to see answered here.