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Gardner Hypnotherapy

813-540-0222

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do sessions last?
Sessions usually last between 1 and a half to 2 hours.

Do I need to bring anything?
Bring a picture ID and your Dr.'s referral if necessary.

Do you take walk-ins?
No.  Calling or emailing for an appointment is best.

Do you do free consults?
Yes.  Call to schedule a consult at no charge to you.

Do you still do group sessions for businesses and teams?
Yes, without a doubt, I continue to motivate and focus core values for teams, small businesses, and corporations.





                            MYTHS AND MISCONCEPTIONS

Myth #1:
A hypnotist is a person gifted with special, mystical or unusual powers.

Fact:
  A hypnotist is a human being without unusual or mystical powers. A well-trained hypnotist understands that the person hypnotizes himself. He uses the effective delivery of suggestions to facilitate an altered state of mind and teaches his client to bring about or self-induce the hypnotic state.

Myth #2:


A person may not be easily awakened and may remain in the hypnotic state for a long time or get “stuck” in this state.

Fact:  
No one has remained indefinitely in a hypnotic state. The state can be terminated at will. It is as simple as opening the eyes. You cannot get stuck in hypnosis and not “wake up.”

Myth #3:


Hypnosis affects a cure in just one or two sessions. It is a panacea.

Fact:
  In many instances one or two sessions of hypnosis may enable a person to break a habit. However, in the majority of cases it requires a number of sessions before a favorable result is obtained. – it is not a panacea (it cannot cure all human problems; and it cannot do it instantly.)

Myth #4:


Many people cannot be hypnotized.

Fact:
  95% of all people can be hypnotized.

Myth #5:


Only the gullible or weak-minded can be hypnotized.

Fact:
  You cannot hypnotize a feeble-minded person. It takes imagination and a willingness to cooperate-a willingness to accept suggestions. The more intelligent and imaginative the person the easier it is to hypnotize him. People who are gullible are easily deceived or duped. The truth is the more creative and intelligent a person is the easier it is to induce hypnosis. The more analytical and controlling a person is, the harder it is to induce hypnosis.
The best subject is a person who has a definite reason or motivation for wanting to be hypnotized.

Myth #6:


When in hypnosis you are out of control.

Fact:  You cannot be hypnotized against your will.
You have to want to be hypnotized in order for it to happen.
To be hypnotized you must want to be hypnotized.
You must have confidence in the hypnotist.
You must be willing to accept suggestion.
You must be free from fear.
You must be free from the need to be in control.

Myth #7:

A person could be made to do anything or say anything, and is under the hypnotist’s control. They could be made to commit a crime or go against their moral principles.

Fact:
  In hypnosis a person will not go against his or her moral principles. He will not commit an anti-social act. He has the power to select only the suggestions he is willing to accept. He will reject any improper suggestions. He will never commit a crime or an illegal act.
You cannot be given a suggestion or posthypnotic suggestion to go against your moral principles.

Myth #8:


Hypnosis is sleep, an unconscious state and when hypnotized a person is not aware of his surroundings.

Fact:
  In hypnosis awareness is increased. If he falls asleep he is not in hypnosis. In hypnosis you are aware of everything that is going on around you. Hypnosis might resemble sleep, yet it is not sleep, and is in fact a state of expanded awareness. You are fully aware of what is being said to you when in hypnosis and can reject any suggestion that is given to you at anytime.
The ego never totally dissociates when in hypnosis. The ego is present when in hypnosis and therefore you would never act outside of your code of ethics.
The senses are generally enhanced (hyper-acuity) when a person is in the hypnotic state. He hears any sounds in the general area and is quite aware of what is going on. Quite often he is more aware and not less aware.
“I am not here to put people to sleep, I am here to assist in waking them up.”

Myth #9:


A person must be deeply hypnotized to be helped

Fact:
  You do not need to be in a deep state of hypnosis to benefit from it. Beneficial results can come from taking suggestions while in a light trance.

Myth #10:

Hypnosis is unnatural and artificial

Fact:
  Hypnosis is a natural, yet altered state of mind.

Myth #11:

Hypnosis is merely relaxation and is nothing more.

Fact:  
You can be relaxed and yet not be hypnotized – and you can be hypnotized and not be relaxed. Relaxation is only one aspect of one kind of trance.

Myth #12:

Hypnosis is catalepsy and a person cannot move when in that state.

Fact:
  Catalepsy can occur in or out of trance and is not hypnosis in and of itself. The apparently “catatonic” state known as the hypnotic coma is not an unconscious or cataleptic state, but is such a state of profound relaxation that the person does not want to move, think or speak. However, he is fully conscious and can terminate that state anytime he would want to.

Myth #13:

The eyes must be closed for hypnosis to be present.

Fact:
  Closing the eyes does not imply hypnosis. The eyes can actually be opened in a hypnotic state.

Myth #14:

Hypnosis is brainwashing.

Fact:
  Brainwashing – The American Heritage Dictionary defines Brainwashing as “Intensive, forcible indoctrination, usually political or religious, aimed at destroying a person's basic convictions and attitudes and replacing them with an alternative set of fixed beliefs.” Brainwashing involves an altered state where
some form of deprivation is present. A hypnotist cannot make someone do something that they would not do normally and empowers his client to access this state himself and to make his own positive changes.

Myth #15:

Hypnosis is a surrender of one’s will to the hypnotist. It is one “stronger soul” having power over a “weaker soul,” where the hypnotic subject is under the power of the hypnotist.

Fact:
  A hypnotist does not have power over another person. Modern hypnosis uses the word “in” when describing hypnosis, in that a person is “in” a hypnotic state. Modern hypnosis does not use the word “under” as if the hypnotic subject is “under” the power of the hypnotist. This old model has been found untrue. In modern hypnotherapy both the hypnotist and his client are seen as equals where the hypnotist facilitates process, but does not control it. Also avoid using the phrase “down into hypnosis” for the same reason.
Clients resolve their issues from their own inner resources – i.e. from their own subconscious mind. The hypnotherapist is a “facilitator.”

Myth #16:

Hypnosis is truth serum. A person could be made to say anything, reveal secrets or say embarrassing things.

Fact:
  You can lie in hypnosis. You can edit and withhold information in hypnosis. You do not have to reveal secrets. When hypnotized, you will not do anything against your will. You can reject any suggestion that is given to you. A client will never divulge or do anything that he or she would not say or do in a regular waking state.

Myth #17:

Hypnosis is anti-religious.

Fact:
  There are no religious connotations associated with hypnosis.

Myth #18:

When hypnotized repressed memories of trauma always emerge.

Fact:  Hypnosis can be used to uncover repressed memories, but the hypnotic state itself does not, by default, bring them to the surface. A client will never see something that he or she is not ready to see and such memories will only come up if the client and/or the hypnotist intend to bring them up.