Q: What is the quick definition of hypnotherapy?
A: According to the highly acclaimed Hypnotherapy Academy of America, “Hypnotherapy is an educational and self-improvement process that facilitates access to a person’s internal resources to assist them in solving problems, increasing motivation, or altering behavior patterns to create positive change.”
Q: What exactly is hypnosis?
A: The Society of Psychological Hypnosis, Division 30 of the American Psychological Association defines hypnosis as: “A state of consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness characterized by an enhanced capacity for response to suggestion.”
Q: Why do hypnotists use mental imagery?
A: Imagination or mental imagery helps to make an impression of the changes we want to make and consistently work toward that change.
Q: Can anyone be hypnotized?
A: Most people can be hypnotized if they are willing and open to the experience.
Q: Are people asleep when hypnotized?
A: No. In a relaxed state, people may have their eyes closed, but they are fully aware and focused on the process.
Q: How do hypnotists get their clients in such a relaxed state? I don’t think they really need the old “tick-tock, look at my clock” trick with the pocket watch moving back and forth.
A: Good question. No, they don’t really need the watch. Hypnotherapists are trained to use their voice, tone and imagery to induce a comfortably, relaxed state that allows the individual to be highly responsive to the desired suggestions and imagery. A self-awareness process can also be taught so that the person can safely and effectively regulate their thoughts and behaviors on their own behalf.
Q: Is hypnosis like a lie detector test?
A: No. People could say whatever they want during hypnotherapy. It is not an event to force someone into anything. Rather, it is a method or process of encouraging positive changes that are desired by the individual for a better life experience.
Q: Will Jody work with out-of-town clients?
A: Yes, we often work with out-of-town clients, and the first appointment is always face to face.
Q: While in a hypnotic state, can I be made to do something against my will or values?
A: No. In this hyperattentive state, you are calm, relaxed and alert. You cannot be forced to do anything against your values or against your will. Your judgment remains intact at all times.
Q: Does the hypnotist have control over me or my mind during a hypnotherapy session?
A: No. The hypnotist is a professional who guides you through effective steps of helping yourself make the most of your inner abilities to reach your goals.
Q: I’ve seen hypnotist-entertainers make people cluck like a chicken. Could that happen to me?
A: That would not happen to you (unless you wanted to cluck like a chicken!). Jody will never ask anyone to cluck like a chicken, act like a monkey or sing like Elvis.
Q: I’ve heard that people experience self-hypnosis unknowingly. Is that true?
A: Many people experience a hypnotic state regularly. An example is when someone becomes so engrossed in a good book or an exciting movie that they are oblivious to what’s going on around them. They are instead highly focused on their immediate activity to the exclusion of all else.
Q: If I have an unusual problem, would Jody still work with me?
A: Yes. Jody will listen no matter what the issue, and he will likely have a method that will work equally as well for your specific needs as it might on another issue. Besides, Jody likes the unusual and unique!
Q: What if I don’t really understand the process?
A: At the first meeting, Jody Kimmell talks with his clients to explain the process and the reasons why it works. You’ll be able to ask questions, and he’ll make sure you’re comfortable with the experience and move at your own pace. This is teamwork in action, not one person imposing on the other.