I’ve never been hypnotized before. What will the experience feel like?

People who have never been hypnotized sometimes are stuck with the myths that they’ve heard. They do not realize that hypnosis is a natural state. Everyone has been in a hypnotic trance, possibly daily, but it wasn’t experienced as hypnosis. If you drive a car, chances are you’ve been hypnotized by the highway, hopefully without endangering yourself or others.

Sometimes people mistakenly think that they will be under someone else’s power. In fact, you are in control over whether you allow a trance to happen and you are the one who elects to allow a clinical hypnotherapist to facilitate the hypnotic work. From that point of view it can be said that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.

You do not “disappear” during a trance. Even as you turn your attention inward and allow your mind’s eye to teach you things that are usually out of your conscious awareness, your conscious mind remains alert to your surroundings. Hypnosis is a skill that you can develop, and as you begin to trust the process more and more, you can experience the benefits of becoming more tuned in to your inner workings.

Clinical hypnosis with an ethical, well-trained practitioner can be enhancing and sometimes life-altering. Utilizing hypnosis allows you to experience safety and relaxation, get past learned limitations, change perceptions and accept new suggestions.

If you allow yourself to try it, you may very well like it. Most people do.

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About the Author:

Helen Adrienne, LCSW general psychotherapist, clinical hypnotherapist, and practitioner of mind/body therapy with a specialty in infertility. New York City