Hypnosis is the relaxation process of clearing one’s mind to address an issue by communicating to the subconscious mind. At Clarity Clinic - located in River North in Chicago - our hypnosis therapy, or hypnotherapy, incorporates traditional therapy techniques so we can locate the origin of an issue and identify the best way to treat it. Individuals commonly seek out hypnosis for weight loss, addiction, insomnia, anxiety, stress, and many other issues. By getting to the root of the problem, we can find healthy and effective ways to manage or eliminate it completely.
Hypnosis is a form of therapy that is unfortunately associated with doubt, skepticism and misinformation. Certified Hypnotherapist, David Bozdin, addresses your frequently asked questions and common misconceptions relating to hynotherapy.
Hypnosis itself is a process of relaxation so that individuals can clear their minds and address their issues by using suggestions to the subconscious mind. We find the root of the problem rather than just trying to “cover up” the problem with suggestions of change.
No, hypnosis is in fact the opposite of sleep. When an individual is hypnotized, they are actually in a heightened state of awareness and will be fully conscious of what is said and all that is happening around them.+ CAN A HYPNOTIST CONTROL MY MIND + MAKE ME DO THINGS I WOULDN’T OTHERWISE DO?
Absolutely not. The client is aware of what is happening the entire time and any suggestion that they find to be questionable, against their morals, or against their sensibilities can be rejected by the client.
No. Most hypnotists, including myself, agree that our best clients are intelligent, imaginative, and open minded individuals. People who are skeptical, on drugs, or of below average intelligence are the hardest to hypnotize.+ WILL I DIVULGE MY INNER MOST SECRETS WHEN HYPNOTIZED?
No. Hypnosis is in no way a truth serum. If you feel like sharing something you feel may be beneficial to your treatment, then you will do so. If you are not ready or do not want to share certain things, you are no more likely to do so in hypnosis than you are at any other time.+ IS HYPNOSIS DANGEROUS?
No. Hypnosis is no more dangerous than any other time you’ve felt relaxed. In fact, you’ve most likely been in a hypnotic trance countless times before. Have you ever been so engrossed in a movie that you didn’t hear someone calling your name? Can you remember a conversation you had with someone while paying attention to something else? This is a mild form of trance. Hypnosis is very similar to this, but with a purpose.
No. I have often been asked if a person can get stuck in their hypnotic trance, or what would happen if something was to happen to the hypnotist during the session. If a hypnotist, for instance, was to get up and leave while their client was hypnotized, one of two things would happen: either the client would become aware the hypnotist was gone and come out of the trance, or they would drift into a peaceful sleep until they naturally awoke. In the thousands of years that different forms of hypnosis have been practiced, there is no record of anyone ever getting “stuck” in a trance.+ WILL I REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE SESSION?
You will most likely remember everything that happens during a hypnotherapy session. Some people go into a very deep trance and don’t remember every word spoken, but they almost always remember the gist of the conversation. Even in the cases where not everything is remembered, the subconscious still stores this information and the desired result is still seen in the client.