Many times, people are curious about how hypnosis can help them however for some reason or another don’t want to give it a try because of something they may have heard at some point. Most of the time, what they heard was either wrong or not the whole truth. Check out these frequently asked questions, as well as Fact vs. Fiction regarding hypnosis.


Q: When and why would I need a hypnotist?
A: Most people tend to seek some sort of counseling during, or shortly after, a crisis to seek support, strength and stabilization. Some examples are a break-up or a death of a loved one, loss of a job, deep depression and suicidal thoughts, intense panic and anxiety attacks as the result of some abuse or trauma, and so much more. Others seek therapy for help with problems such as insomnia, procrastination, low self esteem, or even feelings of general sadness. Simply feeling unable to deal with your problem or feeling unhappy makes you a good therapy candidate. Hypnotism is one of many types of therapy individuals seeks to improve themselves.

Q: How much time does it take, or how many visits should I expect?
A: The amount of time and/or number of visits varies from person to person – it all depends on the effort the person puts into therapy, their general attitude about improvement and what particular goals they have. Many people begin to feel better after the very first session, while others may need more time. Some people enjoy doing deeper, longer term work to fully explore their inner world. In general, recurring visits are once a week.

Q: I have a friend who tried hypnosis, and they said it didn’t work – what happened?
A: The success of your experience is dependant on two factors – the client’s willingness for change and the skills of the hypnotist.

If the client doesn’t have an honest desire for change, such as a smoker who is only seeing a hypnotist at the urging of a spouse, they are not prepared to accept the suggestions for positive change. If, however, the smoker is fed up with the habit and no longer wants the cigarettes to be a part of their life, they are primed for success.

Hypnosis is not a “one size fits all” process. Your hypnosis experience at Virginia Hypnosis will include a pre-session interview in which we will identify your goals and custom-design a program for your success.


FICTION: Only gullible or weak-minded persons respond favorably to hypnosis.
FACT: Studies conducted at Stanford University have shown that intelligence is not an important factor in determining an individual’s ability to respond favorably to hypnosis.

FICTION: Hypnosis is dangerous.
FACT: there has not been one documented case of hypnosis doing harm to a person. There is no evidence that hypnosis will weaken the will, damage the nervous system, or in any other way adversely affect the physical and mental well-being of an individual.

FICTION: To be hypnotized means being put to sleep and being completely unconscious of your surroundings.
FACT: Hypnosis is not sleep and there is definitely no loss of consciousness at any time. The hypnotized individual is always aware of what is occurring; in fact, his awareness actually increases.

FICTION: There have been cases where people have been unable to awaken from hypnosis.
FACT: A hypnotized person is not asleep; therefore, there should never be any concern about the person not awakening.
The hypnotic state can always be terminated easily and quickly by the hypnotist or the individual.

FICTION: While in a deep hypnotic state, an individual may reveal intimate secrets or embarrassing details about himself.
FACT: During hypnosis the individual is always conscious (unlike with chemical anesthetics or truth serums) and aware of everything that is occurring.

FICTION: In hypnosis you will blindly obey every command, good or bad.
FACT: In hypnosis the individual retains his ability to make judgments; therefore, he would never accept any command nor obey any order that he considers to be against his own best interests or contrary to his morals.

FICTION: A person must be placed in a very deep hypnotic state before hypnosis can be of any value to him.
FACT: Eighty-to-ninety percent of the work in hypnosis is accomplished in the light-to medium stages of hypnosis.

FICTION: Hypnosis always affects a change in just one or two sessions.
FACT: This has been true in many cases, but in general, a great number of sessions are usually required before complete results are obtained.