Positive Change Hypnotherapy – Free yourself
Hypnosis is a state of relaxation and concentration at one with a state of heightened awareness induced by suggestion. It is a non-addictive power for good and is a natural manifestation of the mind at work.
 Hypnosis is a state of relaxation called trance. It is a consent state which the subject allows himself to enter, during which there is an altered state of conscious awareness (indeed a high degree of focused attention) and heightened suggestibility. During hypnosis the mind relaxes, lowers its guard by minimising interference from the critical judgmental conscious mind and the hypnotherapist is able to communicate directly with the subconscious mind. As it is the subconscious mind that controls our habits, hypnosis is often very successful in habit modification.

The subconscious is also the storehouse of a person’s total experiences, the memory of everything that ever happened to a person is stored in their subconscious mind. During hypnosis long forgotten incidents, which are still affecting a person without them knowing why, can be brought back into consciousness allowing the presenting symptoms to disappear.

No, (except those who are mentally defective or under the influence of drugs etc). Although of course the degree of consent varies from one person to another. Additional information: Nearly everybody can be helped to fall into a hypnotic trance state. In fact we all pass through a state very similar to, if not the same as trance when we fall asleep or wake up ( a twilight state). The ability to be hypnotised lies within an individual, and this ability has nothing to do with will power or lack of will power. With very few exceptions no-one can be hypnotised against their will, they must co-operate.
Some people will be aware throughout the hypnotic session, although the experience will vary from person to person.  One of the most frequent responses is the feeling of having fallen asleep.  Another common feeling is—”It didn’t work for me—I never went under.” The hypnotised person is often fully aware of everything happening and is able to leave the hypnotic state at any time should he or she so wish.  Either response is fine to have and neither is better in terms of achieving the desired result/change.
There is no cause whatsoever for concern, hypnosis is a proven therapeutic aid. Suggestion under hypnosis is one of nature’s way of healing, which dates back to before the sleep temples of the ancient Egyptians. Treatment can prove not only pleasant but often extremely interesting. Modern therapeutic hypnosis is one of the most effective, quickest and safest forms of treatment for the majority of psychological disturbances and emotional problems. You need have no doubts about hypnotic treatment in trained hands, it is completely safe, and you will find it a very relaxing and pleasant experience. You do not lose consciousness, go to sleep or in any way lose control.
No. In fact you would be shocked out of the hypnotic state immediately any such action was suggested to you.
No, you are simply extremely relaxed. This is why the hypnotic technique is called self- hypnosis or “conscious hypnosis”.
In his book, ‘Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis”. Dr. William S. Kroger states, “Platonof, an associate of Pavlov, who used hypnosis over fifty years in over fifty thousand cases, reports as follows; “We have never observed any harmful influences on the patient which could be ascribed to the method of hypno-suggestion therapy, or any tendency toward the development of unstable personality, weakening of the will or pathological urge for hypnosis.”

Pierre Janet, a student of Sigmund Freud who became an ardent practitioner of hypnosis writes, “The only danger in hypnotism is that it is not dangerous enough.”

Psychologist Refeal Rhodes in his book “Therapy Through Hypnosis” writes, “Hypnotism is absolutely safe. There is no known case on record of harmful results from therapeutic use.”

Dr Louie P. Thorpe, Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California, in his book, “The Psychology of Mental Health’, writes, ‘Hypnotism is a natural phenomena, and there are no known deleterious effects from its use.”

Yes, absolutely. The rapport between therapist and client is very important in hypnotherapy, so you need to find someone you feel confidence in, who you feel safe with and who gives you the service you expect, otherwise your conscious mind will be on the alert, find it difficult to let go and the therapy will be less effective. So don't let one unsuccessful interaction put you off the whole therapy.

We have personally experienced instant success sessions, slow-burning repetitive sessions that 'worked' in the end, and totally unsuccessful sessions, because of the different facilitators and different methods used.

A good start is to meet your therapist first, listen to your intuition and decide from there. You can also check whether your therapist is registered with an Association, like the Australian Hypnotherapists Association, as they have done all the checking for you as to whether the person is properly trained, insured and dedicated.] 

It can be.  Some clients experience profound change straight away, however most people, especially with ingrained, long-term habits or patterns, need several one-one sessions to really understand the issue and then have many repetitions at home.  All our clients receive the tools to reinforce the beneficial suggestions at home by providing access to your individual recordings, tailored to your personal history, your personal issue and your particular personality.  The key to success is to keep up with your 'homework', enjoying the regular reminders of positive suggestions, and the regular meditative experience of resting both body and mind deeply. 
If you are open minded and committed to the change you desire, then you will be a good candidate for hypnotherapy.  Even if you are a bit skeptical at first, being consciously aware throughout the sessions is fine, as the suggestions are all positive, for your benefit and simply your own wishes reflected back to you, so there should be nothing that you disagree with.  Once you consciously hear and agree with the conversations, you will become more at ease each time you listen.  However there are people who are more suggestible than others (or are feeling more open at this moment in time).  You can do a quick test if you wish - clasp your fingers together with your fore fingers raised and apart.  Stare at your fingers, and without trying to move them, repeat out loud "they are coming together".  Watch as your fingers are seemingly drawn to each other.  If you prefer, try "they are moving apart", again without effort on your part.  If your fingers move easily, then you are probably in the 'suggestible' basket. 

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