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Common Questions About Hypnosis

How does hypnosis work?

Hypnosis works by achieving a level of focused awareness, and at the same time bypassing the analytical aspect of the mind. Another way to describe the analytical aspect of the mind is that it is a comparing mechanism. When new information is introduced to the mind, the comparing mechanism compares the new information to what it already believes is either true or false. This is a protective aspect of our mind.

This is why changing habits by willpower alone is so difficult – we often already believe we can not change, so thinking about making the change happen ( using willpower alone) is ineffective. Hypnosis is powerful because with focused awareness the analytical aspect of the mind is bypassed, and new, healthy and beneficial suggestions can be made directly into the subconscious, without the comparing mechanism rejecting these new beliefs. So the change we want to achieve in our life is accepted by the subconscious mind as true, and we see results quickly.

Is hypnosis safe?

Hypnosis is safe – it’s a perfectly normal and common state of mind we go into naturally everyday. You enter hypnosis regularly when daydreaming, watching a good movie, or reading a book. During these activities you remain consciously aware and in complete control, just as you do when a professional hypnotherapist assists you in entering into a state of hypnosis.

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the applied use of hypnosis. Hypnosis is used to help people discover the subconscious reasons for their symptoms, behaviors, or habits. When they are discovered, certain tools and techniques are used to help release them and relearn a new positive way of thinking, subconsciously. This is called hypnotherapy.

Can I be hypnotized?

Yes of course! You’ve already been hypnotized anytime you watched an enjoyable movie, or read a good book. Hypnosis is a normal and natural state of mind that everyone has already experienced. Actually, it’s such a normal state of mind that most people don’t realize they are hypnotized. All you need to do to go into a state of hypnosis when coming into the Advanced Hypnosis office is be willing and able to follow gentle instructions for reaching a state of focused awareness.

Who will hypnotize me?

Kimberly Lorenz is a highly qualified professional. She is registered as a Board Certified Consulting Hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists. In addition, she has achieved extra certification in the advanced hypnotherapy system called 5-PATH®. Rest assured that she will treat you with respect, and that your visits are completely confidential.

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Are there any risks associated with hypnosis or hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis has been proven to help conditions such as, but not limited to:

-Anxiety

-Stress

-Panic Attacks

-Depression

-Phobias

-Sleep Problems

-Weight Loss

-Smoking Cessation

-Fears & Phobias

-Pain Management

-Behavioral Changes

-Emotional Trauma

-Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

-Career & Athletic Performance

For anyone with conditions listed above, and their like, hypnosis poses almost zero risk when done with an adequately trained, and certified, professional.

In my work, I help clients remove the root cause of their problem. Doing so can challenge subconsciously held beliefs. I liken my hypnosis sessions to exercising. Sometimes your work-out leaves you feeling energized and powerful; other times the first day you have noodle-arms, then a bit of soreness, and finally stronger muscles. Every client, every session, is different, but they all leave clients with less subconscious emotional baggage and stronger in the long term!

All clients receive read, and sign, a "Client Bill of Rights" in my office notifying them at any time if they need the additional help of a doctor, counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist at any time, they are free to do so. They can also stop treatment at anytime.

Hypnosis is NOT appropriate for sever mental illness such as, but not limited to:

-Schizoaffective Disorder

-DID

-OCD

-Psychosis

How do I find a reputable hypnotist?

In order to find a reputable hypnotherapist, look for ones with lots of good recent reviews. A lot of people will need one or more sessions to have permanent resolution of their problem; anyone who says they can "fix" you in only 1 session may not be the best choice.

Be sure they're certified. It's important to make certain that the person you choose is a member of a higher certifying organization, like the National Guild of Hypnotists.

If it sounds like I'm talking about myself here (I am), know this: The NGH offers some of the highest certification requirements around because we care deeply about what our clients experience during sessions, and after in regards to the changes they want.

Let’s just say if someone says "trust" but doesn't have any certifications whatsoever then straight away your antenna should go up. I believe it is important that clients know exactly where someone stands when assisting them in making subconscious changes.

BONUS! Find a Board Certified Hypnotist. Only 3% of hypnotists go on to become Board Certified. I am Board Certified. This means I have taken additional, advanced, training, and meet a higher skill and knowledge minimum than the certified hypnotist.

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the applied use of hypnosis. Hypnosis is used to help people discover the subconscious reasons for their symptoms, behaviors, or habits. When they are discovered, certain tools and techniques are used to help release them and relearn a new positive way of thinking, subconsciously. This is called hypnotherapy.

Can I be hypnotized?

Yes of course! You’ve already been hypnotized anytime you watched an enjoyable movie, or read a good book. Hypnosis is a normal and natural state of mind that everyone has already experienced. Actually, it’s such a normal state of mind that most people don’t realize they are hypnotized. All you need to do to go into a state of hypnosis when coming into the Advanced Hypnosis office is be willing and able to follow gentle instructions for reaching a state of focused awareness.

Who will hypnotize me?

Kimberly Lorenz is a highly qualified professional. She is registered as a Board Certified Consulting Hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists. In addition, she has achieved extra certification in the advanced hypnotherapy system called 5-PATH®. Rest assured that she will treat you with respect, and that your visits are completely confidential.

How do you become a hypnotist?

To become a professional hypnotist, one must undergo comprehensive training and certification, ensuring the highest standards of practice and expertise. Certification is a critical step in establishing credibility and proficiency in the field of hypnosis. Here’s a detailed guide on how to embark on this transformative journey:

  1. Research and Select a Reputable Training Program: Begin by identifying accredited institutions that offer robust training programs in hypnosis. Look for courses that are recognized by major hypnosis organizations, such as the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners (ACHE) or the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH).

  2. Complete the Foundational Training: Enroll in a foundational hypnosis course that covers essential techniques, theories, and ethical practices. These courses typically range from 100 to 200 hours and include both theoretical instruction and practical application.

  3. Advanced Specialization: After completing the foundational training, consider pursuing advanced courses that focus on specialized areas of hypnosis, such as therapeutic hypnosis, clinical hypnosis, or stage hypnosis. Advanced training deepens your knowledge and expands your skill set, allowing you to address a wider range of client needs.

  4. Practical Experience: Gaining hands-on experience is crucial. Many certification programs include supervised practice sessions where you work with clients under the guidance of experienced mentors. This practical experience is invaluable in honing your skills and building confidence.

  5. Certification Examination: Upon completing the required training and practical hours, you will need to pass a certification examination. This exam assesses your knowledge, skills, and ethical understanding of hypnosis. Successfully passing this exam demonstrates your competence and commitment to the profession.

  6. Continuing Education: The field of hypnosis is continually evolving. To maintain your certification and stay current with the latest developments, it’s essential to engage in ongoing education. Many certifying bodies require a certain number of continuing education hours to renew your certification.

  7. Join Professional Organizations: Becoming a member of professional hypnosis organizations provides access to valuable resources, networking opportunities, and ongoing support. These organizations often offer additional certifications, specializations, and continuing education programs.

    Certification is not merely a formality; it is a testament to your dedication, professionalism, and expertise in the field of hypnosis. By becoming a certified hypnotist, you ensure that you have the knowledge and skills necessary to help clients effectively and ethically. This credential distinguishes you in the industry and instills confidence in those seeking your services. Start your journey towards certification today and become a part of a respected and impactful profession.

How do you become a Board Certified Hypnotist?

To become a Board Certified Hypnotist, one must achieve rigorous standards of training, experience, and examination set by esteemed organizations such as the IAHP or the NGH

Complete Professional Training, Accumulate Practical Experience, Adhere to Ethical Standards, Pass a Certification Examination, Pass a Certification Interview where a panel asks advanced questions of application and ethics, Maintain Certification.

Fewer than 3% of all Certified Hypnotists go on to become Board Certified Hypnotists.

What is the history of hypnotism?

Did you know that the word "hypnosis" is derived from the Greek word hypnos, which means sleep? It's true! At one time, hypnosis was thought to be a type of sleep, now we know it is not only NOT SLEEP, but it is also NOT AWAKE like we think of being normally awake. It is a unique mental state, where the brain is processing information differently than any other mental state - proven in a 2023 MRI Study.

The earliest recorded use of hypnosis dates back to ancient Egypt, where it was used in the form of dream interpretation. However, it wasn't until the 18th century that hypnosis began to be studied scientifically. In 1784, Franz Mesmer, a German physician, published a book entitled De Magnetismo Animalium in which he proposed that there was a magnetic fluid in the body that could be manipulated to heal various ailments. Mesmer's theory was met with skepticism by the medical community, but it did pave the way for further study into the potential therapeutic benefits of hypnosis.

In 1841, Scottish surgeon James Braid observed a public demonstration of animal magnetism (a term coined by Mesmer, but really it was just hypnosis) and was so impressed by what he saw that he began studying it himself. Braid eventually came to believe that the mesmerizing effects of animal magnetism were due not to a magnetic fluid but rather to the power of suggestion. He coined the term "hypnotism," -derived from the Greek word hypnos which means sleep - to describe this phenomenon and published a book in 1843.

Braid's work laid the foundation for modern hypnosis and helped to dispel many of the myths and misconceptions about it that had developed over the years. For example, Braid showed that people cannot be hypnotized against their will and that they will always revert back to their normal state waking state once the hypnotic trance has been broken.

In the early 20th century, hypnosis began to be used more frequently as a tool for psychological treatment. Milton Erickson, considered by many to be the father of modern hypnosis, helped legitimize hypnosis as a viable form of treatment and paved the way for its use in treating everything from anxiety and phobias to depression and chronic pain.

Today, hypnosis is widely recognized as an effective treatment for a variety of psychological disorders. If you think you might benefit from hypnosis, be sure to consult with a certified hypnotist/hypnotherapist who is trained in its use.

Hypnosis is an age-old practice with a long history of use in treating medical conditions. In recent years, however, it has been shown to be an effective treatment for a wide range of psychological disorders. If you think you might benefit from hypnosis, be sure to consult with a licensed mental health professional who is trained in its use.

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6 Common Hypnosis Myths!

Myth #1: The Hypnotist will be able to control my mind.

Fact: No one can control your mind, unless you let them.

Your Hypnotherapist will give you suggestions that you want to be given, based on the Pre-Hypnotic Interview. At no point during your session will you lose control of your mind. If you hear a suggestion that you don’t agree with, or don’t understand, your subconscious mind will automatically reject it.

Myth #2: I will be made to perform embarrassing acts, such as bark like a dog, or walk like a duck.

Fact: This assumption is based on Stage Hypnotism and Hollywood fiction.

The truth is, these people volunteer to act on stage, and they allow themselves to participate in silly suggestions. Hypnotherapy is a serious process of self-improvement, not entertainment.

Myth #3: Hypnosis comes from “Black Magic,” “Supernatural,” or Spiritually Dangerous for Christians.

Fact: Hypnosis is a natural state that has been studied scientifically. Hypnotherapists are not Psychics or Palm Readers with “special powers”.

The truth is, these people volunteer to act on stage, and they allow themselves to participate in silly suggestions. Hypnotherapy is a serious process of self-improvement, not entertainment.


Myth #4: If I become Hypnotized, I may not be able to snap out of it, or Hypnosis is Dangerous.

Fact: Hypnosis is very safe and is safe.

Any time there is an emergency, a person would naturally be able to come out of the Hypnotic state by opening their eyes, and stretching or speaking.

Myth #5: I have never been in Hypnotized before.

Fact: Every person naturally enters a state of hypnosis at least twice a day.

Just before falling asleep at night, and upon waking every morning before getting out of bed. Most people easily enter into a light hypnotic state while watching movies or TV, while driving, or reading a good book.


Myth #6: Hypnosis is a “Miracle Cure.”

Fact: While Hypnosis is a relatively quick method of making permanent improvements, there is no such thing as a one-time “Hypno-Miracle!"

Every individual makes progress at his or her own rate. Be weary of those who make wild claims of overnight success.

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Disclaimer: Services rendered by a hypnotist are held out to the public as nontherapeutic motivational and meditative coaching, defined as the use of hypnosis to inculcate positive thinking and the capacity for self-hypnosis. Services rendered are not any form of health care or psychotherapy, and despite research to the contrary, we make no health benefit claims for our services. Our work is supportive and educational, intended to enhance productivity, effectiveness and flourishing.

Testimonials: The testimonials and success stories shared on this website are the personal experiences of our clients. Results may vary and are not guaranteed. Hypnosis and coaching outcomes depend on various factors, including individual commitment and willingness to actively participate in the process. While we strive to provide accurate and honest representations of our services' potential, we recommend consulting with a qualified professional before making any decisions based on the testimonials presented.

Disclaimer: Services rendered by a hypnotist are held out to the public as nontherapeutic motivational and meditative coaching, defined as the use of hypnosis to inculcate positive thinking and the capacity for self-hypnosis. Services rendered are not any form of health care or psychotherapy, and despite research to the contrary, we make no health benefit claims for our services. Our work is supportive and educational, intended to enhance productivity, effectiveness and flourishing.

Testimonials: The testimonials and success stories shared on this website are the personal experiences of our clients. Results may vary and are not guaranteed. Hypnosis and coaching outcomes depend on various factors, including individual commitment and willingness to actively participate in the process. While we strive to provide accurate and honest representations of our services' potential, we recommend consulting with a qualified professional before making any decisions based on the testimonials presented.

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