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Break the Cycle of Unwanted Habits - Forever!Linda Stark Change Agent"Imagination is the language of the subconscious." - Linda Stark
1. WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM A COACHING RELATIONSHIP?
You should feel as though you have a good friend that you can be totally honest with. This person will assist you with keeping your commitments to yourself so that you can live life much more fully. You can expect to feel fully listened to in a non judgmental manner. You will have a special person to hear your goals, then have help with breaking them down so that you can make small moves forward towards attaining your goals.

2. WHAT TECHNIQUES DO YOU USE?
The technique that I use is to listen to what isn't working in your life. I then play it back to you to make sure that I have heard you correctly. Secondly we make a plan or even several plans on how to make corrections in your life so that your life can work better for you. Thirdly we work out a way to implement these changes. The work begins a little at a time or you can dive right in and go right to the core of the issue. This is effective because not only do you make commitments to yourself, but you also make them to another person.

3. WILL YOU TELL ME WHAT TO DO?
We work out a plan together. If it is all my idea you may not want to participate and it's all about you.

4. WHAT AREAS OF MY LIFE WOULD BENEFIT FROM COACHING?
Any area that you want to fix and need some help with, for example work issues, procrastination, relationships, over spending, and many other areas.

5. WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COACHING AND THERAPY?
With coaching we don't need to know why, we just need to work on how.

6. HOW LONG SHOULD I EXPECT TO BE WORKING WITH YOU?
This should be able to be determined after the first few visits. The average client will probably be with me for 3-6 months. It is really up to you.

7. CAN YOU HELP ME WITHOUT USING HYPNOSIS?
Yes, but it would be faster and more effective for you using all available methods and hypnotherapy has been shown to be very successful.

8. WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF HYPNOSIS?
No one knows for certain when the practice of hypnosis originated. The first known documentation of hypnosis was found in ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics where they referred to their “Sleep Temples”. The word hypnosis comes from the Greek work “hypnos” meaning to sleep. The modern father of hypnosis was an Austrian physician by the name of Franz Mesmer, from whose name the word “mesmerism or mesmerized” is derived. Sigmund Freud also used hypnosis in his practice. The Mayo Brothers of the Mayo Clinic found hypnosis to be highly beneficial. They used hypnotic anesthesia instead of a chemical anesthesia, their patient mortality was far less using hypnoanesthsia over chemical anesthesia. Over the years hypnosis has gained respectability, and its use has become mainstream and as acceptable, as a visit to the dentist.

9. WHAT IS HYPNOSIS AND HOW DOES HYPNOSIS WORK?
Because hypnosis is a natural state of mind, it can occur spontaneously and it is not an artificially induced state. One major theory is that electro-biochemical changes take place in the nervous system as a result of the brain being stimulated by words and images.

As an idea reaches the mind through the five physical senses it is first processed by the conscious mind and this analyzing part of the mind can change, weaken, or inhibit the incoming suggestion. Our education prejudices us and misinformation can alter incoming suggestions. By the time the suggestion is filtered through this critical factor of the conscious mind and reaches the subconscious it is often substantially changed in intensity and content. As the conscious mind diminishes, the subconscious mind comes up. Consciousness never disappears in hypnosis. Hypnosis is never equated with unconsciousness. When the deeper states of trance are induced, the conscious mind relaxes, agreeably relinquishing control and stands aside as an onlooker and can intervene whenever necessary.

10. WHY USE THE SERVICES OF A HYPNOTHERAPIST?
A Hypnotherapist works utilizing all of the client’s senses. We regularly use touch as a tool in our work. We work as mentors, guides and equals. We do not lead. We walk beside our client; we are empathetic, but not sympathetic. We ask questions with curiosity and even a sense of loving humor. We work to increase motivation or alter behavior patterns. We do this by using a combination of eclectic techniques while our client is in a hypnotic state. Behavior training is a major part of what we do. It’s very important that we have a good understanding of what motivates people to change and how to get them to take action on those desires to change.

11. WHAT CAN BE ACHIEVED WITH HYPNOSIS?
The client feels a lovely state of relaxation during and after Hypnosis. Defenses come down and the client thus becomes more open to making permanent lifetime changes. Pain can be reduced and eliminated. Surgery can be performed utilizing Hypnoanesthesia exclusively. Transitioning into death can be pain and anxiety free. Health issues can be improved and often reversed. Through positive conditioning many mental health issues can be remedied. Smoking cessation and weight loss programs have a very high success rate, and bad habits can readily be changed. Post hypnotic suggestions can help the client to continue on the path of success that has been started in a hypnosis session.

Hypnosis deals with the subconscious verses the conscious mind, thus allowing a chance for the hypnotherapist to work with the client at a less analytical, less critical level, thus making the mind more open to change. There is a tremendous mind body connection and great healing can take place utilizing the mind at a subconscious level to heal the body as well as to heal the mind.

12. CAN HYPNOSIS EVER BE DANGEROUS?
There has never been a documented case of hypnosis ever doing any harm.

13. WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING A HYPNOTHERAPIST
Looking for a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist can assure the client that the Hypnotherapist has gone through rigorous training. When choosing a Hypnotherapist one should look for a person that is empathetic like a good friend. A prehypnotic interview can demonstrate whether there is rapport, trust, confidence and comfort with the Hypnotherapist.

14. IS IT EVER TOO LATE TO GO INTO HYPNOSIS?
Never! Even with coma, impending death, or dementia, signals are still understood at some level in the subconscious mind.

15. CAN CHILDREN BE HYPNOTIZED?
Yes, with amazing results! Some children as young as three have experienced great success. Children with ticks, delayed potty training, and behavior difficulties have done extremely well with limited visits.

16. WOULD I DO, OR SAY ANYTHING EMBARRASSING OR STUPID DURING A HYPNOTHERAPY SESSION?
Most people have seen some sort of Stage Hypnosis, seeing people do all sort of risqué things. What’s important to remember is that these people, very willingly, chose to go on stage, and they also had a good idea that they would be doing outrageous things. A Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist works toward achieving wellness. No one is requested, or required to do or say anything in hypnosis that they wouldn’t do or say out of hypnosis. The conscious mind is ever alert by protecting the subconscious mind from doing anything that would cause the client any harm.

17. HOW MANY SESSIONS DOES IT USUALLY TAKE TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS WITH AN ISSUE?
Usually 4-6 sessions.

18. HOW LONG IS EACH SESSION?
Sessions usually last anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 and 1/2 hours.

19. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SELF HYPNOSIS AND HYPNOSIS SESSIONS WITH A HYPNOTHERAPIST?
Both are great, but to start out with it is usually better to start with a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. A good Hypnotherapist can teach a client to do Self Hypnosis and can give them literature, tapes or CD’s to further their learning.

20. WHAT HYPNOTHERAPY DOESN’T DO
Hypnotherapy techniques specifically excludes diagnosis, prescription, or any other service, procedure, or therapy that requires a license to practice such as physical therapy, psychotherapy, or any other profession or branch of medicine.

21. WHO CAN BE HYPNOTIZED?
Anyone with an open mind and the willingness to go into hypnosis can be hypnotized. The term “under hypnosis" is a misnomer. “Into hypnosis” would be a more correct definition. When you’re in hypnosis you’re not under anything, especially mind control, you always have absolute free will.

22. WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO BE HYPNOTIZED?
This is a very important question because it may determine whether or not you can benefit from hypnotherapy. Some people give up on hypnosis after a few sessions because they were disappointed in their reactions, believing that they are not suitable subjects. Many people believe that they will feel something new and different, in hypnosis. They equate hypnosis with being asleep or unconscious. DO NOT EXPECT TO GO TO SLEEP, OR LOSE TOUCH WITH REALITY. You will be able to hear, remember, recall and experience everything that goes on around you. Hypnosis is a very pleasant feeling of complete physical and mental relaxation. It can be compared to that moment just between knowing that you are awake and going to sleep. (When you are in hypnosis, you will find that your mind is active. You will hear everything that is going on around you and you may accept or reject any suggestions that are given). You realize that you are not asleep, and remember everything perfectly. All of these factors lead people to believe that they might not have been hypnotized when in fact they have been.

23. CAN A PERSON BE HYPNOTIZED AGAINST THEIR WILL OR BE MADE TO DO ANYTHING AGAINST THEIR WILL?
Absolutely not! No one is able to be hypnotized against their will. If people were, hypnosis would be the most closely guarded secret on this planet. Entering hypnosis is a consensual state. The Hypnotherapist assists the client to enter the hypnotic state. The client may leave the hypnotic state any time they may choose.

24. DO PEOPLE HAVE TROUBLE COMING OUT OF HYPNOSIS?
A person may choose to stay in hypnosis after an experienced Hypnotherapist asks them to come out of hypnotherapy. The reason being is that it is such a relaxed feeling of enjoyment that the person might prefer to stay hypnotized a while longer. If the Hypnotherapist were to leave, the person would merely drift into a natural sleep to awaken at a more personally convenient time. In self-hypnosis, a client has complete and utter control of when to come out of hypnosis and to set their own time limits. There has never been a documented case of someone being unable to come out of hypnosis.

25. WHY DO SOME PEOPLE HAVE SUCH DOUBTS ABOUT HYPNOSIS?
Hypnosis is such a misunderstood phenomenon. For centuries, it has been affiliated with the supernatural, witchcraft, and other various “unexplained” events. Hollywood has portrayed hypnosis as mind control. Just as there are no flying elephants or talking mice, there is no mind control.

26. DOES HYPNOSIS WEAKEN THE WILL AND ARE ONLY WEAK MINDED PEOPLE ABLE TO GO INTO HYPNOTIC STATE?
Hypnosis strengthens the will. Hypnosis works with the will, not against it. In fact, the more intelligent and strong willed a person is the more effective the outcome of hypnosis will be.

27. WHAT IF I CAN’T BE HYPNOTIZED?
Most people don’t think that they will be able to be hypnotized. The fear is of giving up control. The opposite is actually true. You are exercising a more powerful form of thought control than at other times by accepting the suggestions given. The only thought to prevent you from going into hypnosis is the thought, “I know that I can’t be hypnotized”.

28. WILL HYPNOTHERAPY WORK FOR ME?
Hypnosis is an alternative to other methods of treatment for change. If you have nervous symptoms such as tension, sadness, fears, chronic pain or feel irritable, unhappy, want to change habits and behaviors and feel that you are not getting the most out of life, then hypnotherapy is for you.

   

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