Frequently Asked Questions FAQ's
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind, more
relaxed and focussed than usual, where you
are more open to new ideas and suggestions.
You can be given suggestions such as "you
feel fuller from less food" or "you enjoy
your food more while eating less" or to quit
smoking without pain, withdrawal, or weight
gain. Hypnosis is associated with rapid
learning. Your subconscious mind is
responsible for 80% of your thoughts,
actions, and behaviors. Once you are in
hypnosis, you are more open to positive,
empowering goal-oriented suggestions.
is in control?
You are. Hypnosis is a consent state. In
fact, you are more in control in hypnosis
than when you are not. The hypnotist is like
your favorite teacher, bringing you through
the steps that will make your goal to lose
weight or quit smoking possible. Though, at
times, it may seem kind of magical that
something is happening to you or for you, it
is really that you are always participating.
We espouse the belief that you are not
"broken". You are capable of making real
positive changes in your life if you are
willing to listen, pay attention, and follow
directions toward learning that goal. You
will remember everything that happens, and
though in the movies it seems otherwise, you
will never do anything against your moral or
ethical beliefs. Remember that you are here
to learn how to use the real power of your
mind, imagination, and emotions in order to
make lasting change.
hypnosis real and recognized as a valid
Yes. The American Medical Association
approved hypnosis as a field of medical
study back in 1958. In 1961, they put into
effect a 144-hour recommended training for
all doctors and medical professionals.
Though it is only an elective (same as
classes in physical exercise,
pharmaceuticals, nutrition, etc.), it is
part of the curriculum. It is now taught at
Seton Hall, Columbia College of Physicians
and Surgeons, Harvard, etc. It is also used
in every branch of the military. In the
1950's, the Vatican approved it.
cannot be hypnotized?
With the exception of three types of
individuals, everyone can be hypnotized. The
first person who cannot be hypnotized is a
person who is very, very drunk (or under the
influence of drugs), at which time they
cannot pay attention long enough to use
hypnosis. The second, is a person who cannot
concentrate at all, for example, those with
extreme hyperactivity or very low IQ's. In
certain clinical settings, it is possible to
work with those situations, but other steps
may need to be added in before using the
hypnosis. The third type of person who
cannot be hypnotized is a person who don't
want to or whom refuse to cooperate and
follow directions. However, if you do not
fit into any of those categories, then you
are probably a person who can benefit
greatly from using hypnosis, and someone
we'd like to meet very much.
there any danger of a person not waking
No. It has never happened - not once, never
- in all of history that anyone has been
documented as not coming out of hypnosis and
returning to a normal state of functioning
and back to full awareness. However, clients
have been known to fall asleep or to enjoy
the state of hypnosis so much that they want
to stay there because it is so much more
relaxing and euphoric than "normal".
All hypnosis is essentially self-hypnosis.
Again the hypnotist is simply like your
favorite teacher bringing you through the
steps that work. However, at the center, we
do teach a more *formal* self-hypnosis
technique for you to use on yourself in
order to lose weight naturally and fast or
to quit smoking without weight gain, etc.
This technique is taught as part of your
personalized hypnosis program here at the
center. You will be instructed on how to use
it, when to use it, and how to form good
suggestions for yourself.
Can hypnosis change someone's
With hypnosis, you are of course still you,
you just lear to do things in a different
way. Just like anything else, you learn ways
that work more to get your goal. As for
personality, you are developing the beliefs,
values, and attitudes and the thoughts
actions and behaviors of successful people.
Those who use hypnosis are among the top
leaders and are more relaxed and resourceful
people in general. Hypnosis makes reaching
your goal far more natural, amazingly
effective, and something that you can keep
your whole life long.
anyone be taught self-hypnosis?
Yes. Anyone who is interested, sincere, and
willing to listen, pay attention, and follow
instructions, can learn this God-given
skill. You will feel more relaxed and
energized toward taking the actions
necessary to get your goals.
Just like anything else that you learn,
after a while, it becomes second-nature and
a part of your life.
long does hypnosis work for?
Really there is no "it" - really it's you
agreeing to new beliefs and actions - and
how to make those beliefs and actions seem
to come more easily to you.
Because of that, once you learn it, it's
Some people used to believe that the effects
of hypnosis "wore off" over time. Nothing
could be further from the truth. Actually,
it's the other way around. As you begin to
succeed, you begin to notice more and more
success. "Nothing succeeds like success."
In fact, especially when taught along with
the other skill-sets taught here at the
hypnosis center, the effects of hypnotism
actually have a "snowball" effect,
increasing over time until you reach your
desired results and goals - and then tends
to naturally maintain that.
While it is useful to practice hypnotism on
yourself regularly, it simply makes your
process seem much more easy and effortless.
hypnotism open your mind up to the devil?
No. That myth has no basis in reality. In
fact, the state of hypnosis is the one of
the most faith-based, God-given states of
mind there is… relaxed, calm, confident,
capable, and graceful. We do believe that
having faith helps you to be more
successful, natural, and effective in your
life, and still, it is not necessary to have
faith in order for hypnotherapy to work. God
has given you an amazing mind and set of
emotions. We show you how to use these tools
to your advantage.
you be made to do things that you don't
want to do?
No. You are always somewhat aware while
"under" hypnosis. In fact, it is a consent
state (of agreement). You only accept
suggestions that are useful and beneficial
to you, and your subconscious mind always
interprets the suggestions in the best
possible ways. Also, all the suggestions
that we give you are intended for the
purpose of your best interest.
While TV and the movies would like to show
you otherwise, hypnosis is not the
"Mandrake" image portrayed. When we do
hypnosis shows, for example, the individuals
who are having the most fun are those who
come up on stage. They say that it is the
most fun they ever had and that they want to
do it again!
you unconscious or sleeping during
No. When you are in hypnosis you are always
somewhat aware. If you were sleeping, then
you would not be able to hear the
suggestions. That is why most popular
rapid-learning "sleep tapes" (that are
claiming to teach you while you sleep) do
At times, you may not remember every word
you hear because you feel so relaxed. Or
your mind may drift off. But you always come
back to the words.
insurance cover your services?
Usually, no. However, some insurance
companies are starting to become more
inclusive of hypnotherapy. Also, some
employers offer either FLEX plans or
company-wide programs (or seminars) to cover
weight loss or smoking cessation. HSA plans
can also be used.
It is our belief that when you pay for
something yourself, you value it a whole lot
more. When we accept a child for services,
we almost always require that the child make
some restitution (at least partial, and in
some way that is fitting to the young
person) toward the parent(s) / guardian(s).
hypnosis really work?
In the 13+ years of doing this, hypnosis and
Neuro-Linguistic Programing (NLP) are by far
the most effective tools to create human
change. We also teach this at multiple
levels (personal success, family
communication, business success, running a
hypnotism practice, etc. etc.), and with all
You can see from our "mountain" of
testimonials that we have become very much
relied-upon in the community and trusted for
even the most profound results and goals.
These testimonials and endorsements are
given freely and openly from people just
like you, who needed to make a change in
their lives. So, yes, hypnosis definitely
this one-on-one or group hypnosis?
Historically, we have always provided
one-on-one sessions and programs here at the
hypnosis center. Private sessions are our
We also offer group seminars sometimes. That
offers folks some way to begin to learn and
participate in a fun and dynamic style.
Traditionally, Charleston Hypnosis also
offers group classes and tele-conference
calls as part of your one-on-one program.
These usually take place once a month or so,
and are usual included free within your
While most student trainings are set up on
an as-needed basis, weekend trainings,
professional hypnotism certification
training courses, and other specialized
retreats are also something that we offer at
the center from time to time.
many sessions do I need to achieve my
Again, everyone is not the same. So, of
course, the time duration that each
individual will need to attain their
desired results and goals will vary from
person to person. We are serious about
helping you to get the results and goals
you desire, and we custom-tailor a program
to meet your specific needs. The screening
helps us to determine this.
I be accepted as a client?
The only way to know if you can be
accepted as a client is with your free
screening. Some of the characteristics of
our most successful clients, who "get it"
in their screening the best, are:
sincerely willing to listen and