Hypnosis Questions:

What is Hypnosis? ... Is it Safe?

Hypnosis is a very normal and natural altered state of consciousness (an altered state of awareness), one we all experience from time to time in which the mind remains clear, alert and focused on something.
Have you ever "become really absorbed" while watching TV or driven to work on "auto pilot"? That's the same kind of altered state as hypnosis.

Some misconceptions about hypnosis are that it's a frightening or eerie state or that it feels somehow weird, but it's actually very normal and very pleasant.
Some people ask if they've really been hypnotized, just because it feels like such a normal state and they were expecting something very strange.
The zombie-type states you see depicted in movies and on TV are pure fantasy.

What does it feel like to be hypnotized?

It feels great!

Hypnosis is a natural state that feels similar to that feeling you get right before you fall asleep at night - When you awaken, you feel refreshed and revitalized, you just feel as if you are relaxing in a very comfortable space with your eyes closed.

When you're hypnotized, you can hear everything - My voice, the sounds around and outside the room, people or traffic outside, whatever, BUT you are so relaxed that you simply ignore all the unimportant / irrelevant parts. Think about it - your unconscious mind uses the same set of ears that your conscious mind hears with - How effective would it be if, once you entered the trance state, you suddenly lost all ability to hear the hypnotherapist's words?

You're mindful the entire time, aware of everything going on around you as well as what your unconscious is revealing to you.
Basically put, it's similar to watching TV in one room while a radio plays in another; you can shift your awareness back and forth between the two, concentrating on one but still aware of the other.

Can I be hypnotized?

A person who does not want to be hypnotized cannot be hypnotized. A person that wants to be hypnotized can be hypnotized. Either way, you are right.
Many people feel that they have not been hypnotized, when in fact they are experiencing a level of hypnosis that is light to medium. Suggestions work no matter what level of hypnosis you experience.

I am strong-willed, can I still be hypnotized?

The best hypnotic subjects are not unintelligent people. The more strong-willed, intelligent, and imaginative you are, the better subject you will probably be.

However, if you come into my office either because you don't want to be there or because you just want to prove to others that you're one of "those people" who can't be hypnotized... You're not going to be a good subject and hypnosis will not work for you.

Hypnosis is an absolutely co-operative effort conducted with mutual respect and I expect that if you're giving of your time and money to come and see me, that you want to be there and there is an area of your life you truly would like me to help you improve.
If that's the case, your strong will will make you an even better hypnosis subject because your mind will be even more keen to accept the suggestions I will be offering.

Will I lose control during a session?

There is no surrender of the mind or control by the hypnotist.
You cannot be hypnotized or coaxed or induced to do or say anything which violates your own personal standards of behavior or integrity.

Simply put, if a hypnotist were to ask you to do something that you did not want to do, one of two things would happen: You would either awaken and stop the hypnosis from proceeding (if you were asked to do something you completely despised) or you would simply ignore the suggestion - YOU ARE ALWAYS IN CONTROL!

Can I get "stuck" in the hypnotic state?

ABSOLUTELY NOT! - It is impossible for anyone to be "left" or get "stuck" in hypnosis.

To put this question in proper perspective, it's literally the equivalent of asking whether or not you can get caught forevermore in a daydream - While there are serious psychological issues that can cause such a phenomenon to occur, unless you are part of the population suffering from such an issue, hypnosis is as safe for you as is sleeping comfortably and safely.

Again, hypnosis is a very natural and normal state and cannot hold anyone against his or her will. If a client were to go so deep as to enter a truly unconscious state, they would simply go into natural sleep and awaken when they were rested.
If a hypnotist were to, for whatever reason, leave the session before counting you awake, you would eventually realize that the session had ended and awaken on your own accord.
During the session, if an emergency were to come up or if you felt in any way uncomfortable or no longer wished to participate, you could easily awaken yourself at any time and simply stop!

Will I be able to talk or move?

You can think, act, talk, and open your eyes at any time and will be able to respond on request verbally or by signal.

Sometimes I am thinking of something else, will hypnosis still work?

Some people find that their mind may drift or wander while in hypnosis. This is quite common. The important communication is going on with the subconscious mind, which does not wander.

NLP Questions:

What is NLP?

NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) is probably best explained by breaking down each of the words making up the name:
Neuro: The nervous system, or more specifically the mind - Which experiences the outside world through our 5 senses.
Linguistic: Language and other non-verbal communication systems.
Programming: The ability to discover, create or utilize a series of steps to achieve a desired outcome.

Putting these three terms together, what we end up with is that NLP is a methodology where we use the language of the mind (being, among other things, pictures, sounds, feelings, and words) to either discover how we do something or to move us towards something new.

So, what does that mean and why is NLP so powerful?

Basically, what makes that so powerful is that NLP gives us a way to - rather than sticking to a one-size-fits-all set of techniques - figure out precisely what it is YOU do inside YOUR MIND that is (and is not) working for you.

Together with that, NLP allows us to teach your mind a better "program" and, once you adopt this program, your new way of being becomes automatic... You (quite literally) do not give it a second thought!

How does NLP work?

NLP and authentic NLP-related techniques work because they are based on real life behavior rather than theory.
An NLP practitioner can, though a thorough series of questions and observations, determine a person's precise "program" for doing things and their beliefs that make them do what they do.

At that point, that same program can be taught to someone else (if it's a particularly good program) or the practitioner can guide the person to change a unhelpful program... Oftentimes in a matter of minutes.

Think about the power of that when it comes to business, relationships, being more successful or anywhere else where you feel like your mind is getting stuck - NLP actually gives you a very powerful way to help your mind automatically adopt the programs that have been learned (or, in NLP terms, "modeled") from people who have achieved the exact outcome you want... No more guessing, no more beating yourself up... Just changing the way your mind communicates with yourself and making it more useful and beneficial for you!

Is it true that some people get rid of life-long issues, habits or fears in just minutes?

Yes, it definitely is true!
Please check out some of the videos on this site where most of those people did exactly just that!

One of my favorite saying about NLP is that it truly can NOT work slowly because our brains learn and change so quickly. To get what I'm saying to you, imagine I was telling you a story by telling you one word every 5 minutes... You would get bored and distracted because your mind relies on continuity and momentum to keep moving through the story.
Similarly, if I showed you different elements of a scary scene every day for 2 weeks, you probably wouldn't manage to feel very scared at all, but if I put you in a scary environment which overwhelmed you with terrifying things all at once, you could very easily develop a phobia.

In exactly the same way, NLP relies on teaching your mind a new program very quickly so your mind won't get distracted and keep the program's momentum going... When you do this, the mind runs the entire program and it gets set in place and stored for future reference.

Simply put, with NLP it is actually MUCH easier to eliminate an issue, habit or fear quickly than it would be by doing it slowly since quickly is how your mind works at processing information!

And what about mixing NLP with hypnosis?

Could you imagine any better mix?

With hypnosis we have the ability to help your mind become more open to making the change you want to have happen and reduce resistance and with NLP we can teach your mind (which is now VERY keen to learn) in exactly the way it learns best!

EFT Questions:

What is EFT?

Basically, EFT (or Emotional Freedom Technique) is a technique where you are asked to focus in on a pain, disturbing memory or negative emotion and, simultaneously, you tap on a series of specific points on your body. These "comfort points", as I call them, correspond to specific acupuncture points that are used in Chinese medicine.

How does EFT work?

The theory behind EFT is that by tapping on the specific acupuncture comfort points while focusing in on the issue that is causing you discomfort, you effectively "comfort away" the pain associated with the issue. From that point forth, you are then able to focus in on the exact same issue, but there will no longer be any kind of negative emotion attached to it.

The true power of EFT, in my opinion, comes about due to three very specific elements:
  1. By properly having yourself focus in on the issue while doing the tapping.
  2. By properly "setting yourself up" for being ready to release the issue you are dealing with.
  3. By properly comforting the body by tapping on the comfort points.

I'm a pretty skeptical person. Will it work even though I don't believe in it?

In one word: Yes! - And that's because it's way beyond the realm of "positive thinking".
The most important point to note here is that EFT is based upon, and follows, theories that have been tried and tested for over 5000 years in the far east. Acupuncture has now become so main-stream in the west that most health-insurance companies cover it as a conventional form of treatment.

That being said, the only way I've seen that EFT will never give any results whatsoever is if my client does not truly focus in on the issue while tapping, but that just means that he / she was not really doing the EFT in the first place.

So, simply put, whether you believe in EFT or not (and it's okay to be skeptical - Who wouldn't be if they were told that you can get rid of a life-long issue by "tapping on your body"), the science behind it means it will work for you!

General Questions:

How long will the results I get last?

Results are almost always long lasting. If a given problem does appear to "come back", however, it simply serves as a sign to look for one or more of two possible reasons:
  1. What has "come back" is simply a related issue that wasn't properly brought up or addressed in the first place.
  2. The original problem was addressed too globally (meaning we needed to focus more specifically on the core issues driving the problem) and was therefore only partially neutralized.

Are any of these techniques and modalities dangerous?

Neither Hypnosis, NLP nor EFT have been proven to be dangerous in any way, shape or form. However, dealing with and trusting a practitioner unfamiliar with how to deal with certain issues on the rare occasion that they arise can be pretty scary sometimes.

Aside from that, the only real side-effects known with these modalities is that the person may feel sleepy or drowsy after a session, but this is often a very good sign related to the fact that the body has released some stresses and therefore feels more relaxed.

What if I'm under a doctor or therapist's care or taking medication?

If you have any questions about whether or not any of these modalities will conflict with a present medical condition, please ask your doctor / therapist before coming to see me and please also ask him / her for a medical referral.

That being said, many research studies have well documented the interesting fact that, over time, the relaxation and stress-release effects of hypnosis tend to "potentiate" medication in your body - This means that after a series of hypnosis sessions, you may find that you need less and less amounts of your same medication (or a lesser strength). Of course, all such issues must be thoroughly discussed with your doctor.

More often than not, hypnosis, NLP and EFT all offer a truly wonderful complement to traditional medical care and the better (or more informed) doctors favor these modalities as they find their results amazingly beneficial.

Can these techniques be used with children?

As a matter of fact, children are substantially more receptive to NLP, hypnosis and EFT because they haven't built up all the pre-conceived notions adults have about change having to be difficult or lengthy.

There are numerous articles and studies that have been published concerning the safety and efficacy of these modalities in helping children - One article you may want to read is right here.

How can I learn NLP, EFT or Hypnosis?

Although many places say they can teach you these methodologies in a few hours, it takes a long while to truly master any of them and not all teachers truly care whether or not you actually, truly, learn (and can properly use) the content.

I am often teaching in different locations throughout the country, please feel free to contact me for more information or check out my seminars page to see if you would like to join any of my upcoming seminars.

Please Note:

  1. Some conditions may require a medical referral.
  2. The services I render are held out to the public as nontherapeutic hypnotism, defined as the use of hypnosis to inculcate positive thinking and the capacity for self-hypnosis. I do not represent my services as any form of health care or psychotherapy, and despite research to the contrary, by law I may make no health benefit claims for my services.