How does hypnosis work?
The way hypnosis works--in surgery or for simply changing unwanted behaviors--is by accessing our subconscious mind, that "feeling" part of our mind where our deepest motivations are based.  By accessing the subconscious mind, in the safety of hypnosis, we are open to those suggestions we desire that can make a positive impact in our life. While in the state of hypnosis, we incorporate those favorable suggestions that truly change our attachment to unwanted behavior, effectively healing our physical, emotional, and spiritual issues, as well as releasing unresolved issues from the past.

Can I be hypnotized? 
Yes. Every person of normal or above average intelligence has the ability to be hypnotized.

What does it feel like to be hypnotized?
A hypnotic trance provides a sense of profound physical and mental relaxation. Internal chatter is quieted, and you feel peaceful and calm. It feels similar to those few moments immediately before you drift off to sleep. Afterwards, you should feel rested, refreshed, relaxed, energized, and mentally clear. The hypnotic trance is a highly focused state of mind. You will be more aware than in your normal, waking state of mind. You will hear every word the hypnotherapist says, and may be aware of the sounds of everyday living surrounding you.

While hypnotized, will I say or do anything I don't want to?
No. This is one of the most common misconceptions about hypnosis. When hypnotized, you will not do anything that is against your moral or ethical beliefs. If you have thoughts, ideas, or information you want to keep private, you will keep that private.

Will I remember anything that is said while I am hypnotized?
Most people remember everything that is said in a session. Some individuals are naturally capable of very deep levels of hypnosis and might not consciously remember all of the details. Your hypnotherapist can give you a suggestion to remember everything from your session if that is important.

What happens if I don't come out of hypnosis?
That is an impossibility. All trances end, whether formally ended by your hypnotherapist or by yourself.

What can hypnosis do for me?
It can help you feel more in control of your life for improved healthy living. Hypnosis helps you live well by:

  • Making you feel calm & confident
  • Reducing stress
  • Controlling habits
  • Improving mental clarity
  • Improving health 
  • Enhancing healing 
  • Developing intuition
  • Increasing motivation 
  • Eliminating insomnia
  • Boosting creativity
  • Enhancing learning & comprehension 
  • Improving performance 
  • Managing pain
  • Accelerating spiritual growth 
  • Tapping into your subconscious mind 


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​​Frequently Asked Questions

Curious about how hypnosis works and what its benefits are? Wondering if hypnotherapy is the right solution for you? Read up on some of Dr. Stenger's frequently asked questions from prospective clients.