No, you will always be in control. The hypnotherapist can only offer the suggestion for consideration and you decide whether to accept the suggestion or not. Even when hypnotised, a part of the human mind acts as an “observer”, which monitors the process to ensure you are in control of your actions. Your mind will not allow you to do anything that is against your values or ethics, or disclose anything you do not want to talk about.
No, that would be unethical and we are bound by the ethics of the Australian Psychological Society and cannot ‘make’ you do anything! The observer part of the hypnotised mind will not let you do anything you disagree with, including ‘being silly’. Volunteers who participate in stage hypnosis are volunteering to do so because they know the role requires them to be silly and they want to be silly!
We will provide a comfortable and safe environment for you to share relevant personal history (guided by the therapist). We will assist you to identify your goals and you will listen to suggestions of relaxation and follow them if you choose too. You will be able to relax and enjoy positive, guided visualisations and suggestions. In some hypnotherapy examples, you will be guided step by step through an interactive therapy process, which may include you communicating with the hypnotherapist while hypnotised.
You will feel relaxed and in a familiar state of being just on the verge of falling asleep. A part of your mind will feel deeply relaxed, while another part will remain alert and will observe the process.
At all times throughout therapy, you will be in full control of your ability to communicate your needs. Your experience of the hypnosis will be monitored closely by your therapist who is trained to monitor and ensure there is no discomfort.
Fear of hypnosis is usually based on not understanding how it works. Therefore we spend some time at the start of a session to understand any fears or unknowns you may have. With education and explanation you will feel knowledgeable, reassured and confident.
Allow yourself to be surprised! Even people who tell themselves ‘it won’t work’ are surprised by the power of suggestion. You will know it has worked when you observe your behaviour changing in a way in which you want.
If you are open and honest about attaining your true goal and you receive relevant suggestions through your therapy, you will experience very good results. However, if you really do not actually want what you are requesting (for example, you do not really want Freedom from Tobacco at all), you will find hypnosis less effective.
Yes, Ron is a proud member of the AHA and you maybe able to access a rebate through your Australian Medical private insurance if you are eligible)