No special preparation is really required for hypnosis. If you can, come wearing comfortable clothing to help you relax better. Having enough rest before the session can help ensure that you wont fall asleep during hypnotherapy.
Most importantly, find a hypnotherapist who is credible and trustworthy. When choosing who will perform hypnosis on you, either get a recommendation from family or friends, or look for one yourself. Here are some pointers to keep in mind when picking out your hypnosis therapist:
Essential training (certifications, psychology, social work)
Previous Job Experience
Years of practice
Fees and insurance coverage for services rendered
Once you have picked a therapist, you can begin. The first step is listening to your therapist as they explain the process and agrees with what you, the patient, want to accomplish during the therapy.
Once that is settled, they will talk in a soothing and gentle tone. They will start describing images that will lead to a sense of calmness, relaxation, well-being, and security for you. During this receptive state, they may suggest how you can achieve your goals (smoking cessation or pain control, for example). They may also ask you to visualize mental images that are vivid and meaningful towards achieving your goals.
After the session, it is possible for you to come out from the state of hypnosis on your own, or the therapist may assist you in coming out of this state of trance.
Unlike what you see in movies, you will never completely lose control under hypnotherapy. In fact, you remain aware the whole time, and you will be able to recall what had happened during the session.
It is possible in the future for you to self-hypnotize, where you induce hypnosis on yourself. This skill can be very useful, especially for those with recurring problems (for example, recovering smoking addicts or chemotherapy patients).
Hypnotherapy can be very beneficial in assisting people in controlling pain, and managing anxiety and stress. It also is often a big part of comprehensive programs for weight loss and smoking cessation. This form of alternative medicine is not for everyone. For instance, you may be able to enter into a hypnotic state and enjoy its benefits, while another person might not be able to do so. Therapists say that the more likely you are able to get under the trance-like state, the better your chances are at receiving its therapeutic effects.
Sharon Altman CHt, MSW operates Brighter Life Hypnosis located in Rochester, NY