Many people have questions about Hypnotherapy and there is often little understanding about the way it works.
All therapists are different but these are just a little of my philosophy and some questions that have come up in the past.
*Am I in control while under hypnosis?
Yes. You are in complete control at all times. When we see hypnosis on stage and TV it is an act and not at all the way clinical or medical hypnosis works.
*Can I speak during Hypnosis?
Yes! Your voice and body will be working completely fine should you need to use them to communicate.
*Will looking into my eyes control you?
No. I don’t believe this is possible for anyone to be able to control you at all and a any reasonable therapist would have no reason to want to. That is not how hypnosis works. You have to be a willing participant at all times and unless the therapy aligns with you and your values, it will not be effective. It is for this reason, it is important to choose a credible therapist that listens to you and understands what you are wanting to achieve.
*Will my opinions be valued during the session?
The therapy session is yours and all about you, your opinions are not only welcomed but encouraged. The more involved and committed you are, the more awareness will arise giving you the best outcomes.
*How does hypnosis change the way I think?
Through well-placed suggestions to our subconscious that are in our best interest for a positive outcome or healing our mind is eager to accept them ready to facilitate change. Thinking differently changes the neural pathways over time for lasting results.
*Can you turn me into a chicken?
No. People who volunteer on stage are usually handpicked by the hypnotist as very extrovert, open and actually subconsciously wanting to get on stage and act like a chicken. If you don’t want to be a chicken, no one can ‘make’ you be a chicken through hypnosis.
*Is Hypnosis used in cults?
Hypnosis is suggestion, there is no force. The client must be open to it and a good hypnotherapist will always have the best interest of the client in mind. We follow the same oath “Do no harm” as the rest of the health industry. Most cults use psychological abuse to lower the followers self esteem as well as lies and propaganda. This is not hypnosis. A large part of hypnotherapy is boosting self esteem and encouraging you find and to achieve your own goals.
*Is Zoom hypnosis just as effective?
In todays ever changing world, Zoom is a great option to treat people that are unwell or at a distance, it can be just as effective and some people actually prefer the comfort of their own home and couch over travelling to an appointment. Raw Hypnotherapy offer both options for this reason.
*Why is hypnosis expensive?
Your professional therapist will spend time preparing prior to and after your session writing and recording each individual hypnosis specifically for each client to get the best possible outcomes, this takes time, equipment and extensive knowledge.
Maia has had extensive training and is always further developing her skills.
There are also many unseen overheads such as accreditations, memberships with organisations, insurances that ensure the professional standard of our industry.
*Are hypnotherapists professionally trained?
Yes. Maia undertook a full time Diploma in hypnotherapy for 1 year (2052 hours) plus 1 year in Gestalt Psychotherapy, Diploma in NLP, cert in counselling, Diploma in Business and many, many extra shorter training courses in specific areas on top of a lifetime of reading and life experience. You should always look for a therapist that has had extensive training such as a diploma or higher qualification from a reputable school.
*Is there a governing body for hypnotherapists?
Yes. Most well trained hypnotherapists will also be members of reputable governing organisations such as AHA (Australian hypnotherapy Association) and ASCH (Australian society of clinical hypnotherapists) and HCA (Hypnotherapy Council of Australia) these organisations promote professional and ethical practice in the community and you must have certain qualifications to be a part of them.
*** Very important to ask and make sure your therapist has at least one of these memberships or they may have only been ‘certified’ after a two week or weekend course that may have contained but not even specialized in hypnotherapy at all… Which is exactly like leaving the 1 month in apprentice mechanic to fix your car.
*Can anyone become a hypnotherapist?
Unfortunately this is one of the great problems in our industry, there are people who have done very minimal training practising hypnotherapy. It is a learned skill and while the therapist must be compassionate and have the best of intentions they also must be well-trained and well practised for hypnotherapy to be safe and effective in particular in dealing with trauma, PTSD, pain management and anxiety.
*Can hypnotherapy be dangerous?
We can never fully anticipate what may come up in the hypnotherapy session prior to it beginning even when the client has booked for a particular issue. This is why it is so important that the therapist is well-trained in many areas and ready for anything so healing can take place at the time and the experience is a positive and wonderful one. Repressed memories and awareness can be confronting if unexpected but is always healing overall if dealt with under the guidance of a well trained hypnotherapist.
I encourage you at all times to ask as many further questions as you need, I want you to feel comfortable, it is your therapy and you should get the most out of it.