Take Care  Hypnotherapy
Tewksbury, MA  01876
Barre, MA 01005
210-473-1825

978-455-6706
Donna Re, LVN, EFT-P
 Certified Hypnotherapist 
Licensed Hypno-Band® Practitioner
Frequently Asked Questions
Donna Re Olsen Hypnotherapist
 
 
 
 
 




  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Because there are so many myths about hypnosis and most people have a fear of the unknown, I get asked many questions. The following are the most frequent questions, but if you have a specific question, I will be happy to answer if you contact me.

  1. What is hypnosis or hypnotherapy?
  2. Does a hypnotized person give up control?
  3. How does hypnosis feel?
  4. How can hypnosis be used to quit smoking or manage weight?
  5. Can hypnosis be used to reduce pain and/or suffering from illness?
  6. Is hypnosis dangerous?
  7. What happens in a private session?
  8. Can I be hypnotized?
  9. What is secondary gain?
  10. What happens in a biofeedback session?
  11. Do you do past life regression?
 1. What is hypnosis or hypnotherapy?

To put it as simply as possible, hypnosis is "guided meditation." You may find you often enter a meditative or "trance" state while listening to music, watching TV, or even reading. Have you ever lost track of time while doing something on the computer or just watching nature. While using hypnosis, you are in touch with your subconscious. The subconscious is your true "self." It is the gate-keeper of the mind which is the driving force behind the ego and makes all the decisions. The language of the subconscious is metaphor, images, symbols, and emotions. Hypnosis allows you to bypass the conscious mind and the inner critic that makes changing unwanted behaviors and feelings so difficult.
Hypnotherapy is the use of therapeutic hypnosis to bring about behavioral change. It results from the simple shifting back and forth between the conscious and the subconscious mind, a natural process that we naturally participate in daily without any effort. Have you ever driven the same route day in and day out, and one day you don't remember the drive. Somehow you arrived safely at your destination, well you were "subconsciously" driving. You only have to be in that relaxed state for your subconscious to become 100 to 300 times more suggestible.

In summary, it is in the subconscious mind that emotions can be experienced, changed, and accepted.  It is also the subconscious mind that holds our habits and beliefs. Most people try to change their habits on a conscious level. Hypnosis works to change habits and beliefs on the subconscious level where they are stored.
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 2. Does a hypnotized person give up control?

When you become so engrossed during a movie or TV show that you actually felt emotion,you were literally in a hypnotic trance. You had the power to emerge from that state when you wanted.Your mind may be guided by a movie, TV show, self-hypnosis tape, or hypnotherapist, but you always have the power to resist. unwanted suggestions. My clients are people who are hypnotized for self-improvement or to manage a habit. At all times, you are in control. Because you are in a relaxed state, your mind is free of that 24-hour-a-day chatter, therefore you are in more control of your thoughts. A hypnotherapist can not make you do anything against your ethics, values, or beliefs.
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 3. How does hypnosis feel?

Since hypnosis is a natural state of mind, clients are often surprised that they hear every word. Unless one enters a deeper state, or at least a medium state, he or she may not "feel" any different than when relaxing in the favorite easy chair with a good book. One may feel quite mellow and may feel light (or weightless), or very heavy as if sinking into the chair. If one enters a really deep state, the feeling may be euphoric for some. In a light state, it is entirely possible for a client to believe that he or she was not hypnotized; so it is important for a hypnotherapist to discuss what to expect,that you are in a relaxed state, and you will hear and remember everything that is said.
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 4. How can hypnosis be used to quit smoking or manage weight?

Hypnosis is just one of many ways to successfully help someone quit smoking. But the key is simple: YOU must choose to change. If not, then long-term success is very unlikely. Hypnosis is not a cure; it is an aid in obtaining what you consciously resist. Hypnosis is used to sell the benefits to the subconscious before any suggestions are given to quit smoking or to begin weight reduction.I start with the benefits approach. Often there is more work to be done, however, as people may overeat as an adjunctive response to another unresolved issue. Depending on the cause disclosed by the subconscious mind, I may or may not be qualified to help the client resolve the issue.If there is subconscious resistance to the more positive approach for any type of goal, an approach would be to ask the subconscious to reveal what the cause is so that it may be released. Without release from the true cause, the problem may return. And before you do this, you are well-advised to be hypnotized only by a competent, certified hypnotherapist.
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 5. Can hypnosis be used to reduce pain and/or suffering from illness?

Pain is a warning that something is wrong with the body, and it needs to be diagnosed by someone qualified to do so. A competently trained hypnotherapist should know, even with a medical referral when to simply use hypnosis for symptom removal, and when and how to use hypnosis to search for subconscious causes of the symptoms. Chronic pain suffers benefit greatly from therapeutic hypnosis.
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 6. Is hypnosis dangerous?

Therapeutic hypnosis is not an act on stage for entertainment. Hypnosis of and by itself is not dangerous. If it were, we would be not able to become absorbed in things of compelling interest -- a good book, movie, or TV show. But an unwise use of suggestion may create the opposite of the desired results if the person using hypnosis does not understand the disciplines of suggestion structure. For example, a suggestion such as "You don't like apples." will cause someone to imagine apples. Imagination is part of the language of the subconscious. What I tell you and how I tell you creates images in the subconscious. Your subconscious does not actually know the difference between fact and fantasy. An untrained hypnotist often talks about the problems to be avoided, but a competent hypnotherapist focuses on results by using direct or indirect suggestions,or both.
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 7. What happens in a private session?

First, you will fill out paperwork in order for me to know you better. We will review your paperwork and discuss a course of action. Every visit is tailored specifically for your needs. Once you are comfortable with the process and all of your questions answered, you will have the chance to use the restroom. You will be seated in a very comfortable recliner. I will cover your legs with a blanket and if necessary place a pillow under your knees. You will put on a set of headphones with its own volume control. You'll hear me speaking through one side, and music will be softly playing in the other side. You will hear every word I say, unless your mind wanders. When we are finished, I will count you up after telling your subconscious that in the future if you are in bed, ready to go to sleep,you will ignore the count. This way you can listen to the CD at bedtime and during the day. Your subconscious will know whether to ignore the count or not. After you "come out of the trance,",just relax while I burn your CD. I will give you a glass of water, and we will discuss the session. I will give you your copy of the CD with any homework you may need and make your next appointment.
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 8. Can I be hypnotized?

90% of the population can achieve a trance state, and another 30% have a high enough susceptibility to enter a receptive state.Three conditions are essential for successful hypnotherapy:
  • A comfortable environment, free of distraction, so the client can reach the deepest possible level. That is why it is always better to see me in person, I don't start the suggestion phase until I know for certain that you are in the alpha brain wave stage.
  • A trusting rapport between myself and the patient.
  • A willingness and desire by the client to be hypnotized and to change the behavior they are seeing me about. People who benefit the most from hypnotherapy understand that hypnosis in not surrender of personal control, but an advanced form of relaxation.
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 9. What is secondary gain?

One question I may ask you is, “Are there any reasons for secondary gain?" Secondary gain was first identified in World War II, when wounded soldiers were found to be experiencing conflict about healing. On one hand, a wounded soldier wanted to get well and return to the ranks, but returning to the front lines was too much for his subconscious to bear. Because of the conflicting emotions,sometimes the wound would get much worse instead of better. This was due to secondary gain.Secondary gain can often be found in a lot of instances outside of a battlefield. Sympathy, love, caring, nurturing, safety, security, and peace are some of the common secondary gains a person might receive from being ill. Getting the conflicting issues in alignment is optimal. For example weight gain may be due to an underlying emotional issue more than just over-eating. This only skirts the subject. I am not a psychologist, but I wanted to give you just a little information on what I mean when if I ask if there is any secondary gain to you hitting a road block to success.
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 10. What happens in a biofeedback session?
Biofeedback is similar to hypnosis, but I use equipment versus my making suggestions. There is still a lot of imagery involved in biofeedback. For instance, with migraine patients, I would attach a temperature sensor to the fingers and using imagery, you would warm your fingers. This exercise diverts blood flow to the fingers and meanwhile decrease the intensity of the migraine pain. 
Additionally, I use AVE (Audio Visual Entrainment) equipment. The patient wears headphones and colored glasses, while I set and fine tune a specific program for your particular needs. With the eyes closed,  the brain waves are changed between the flashing lights and the tones in the headset. Brain waves can be programmed for enlightenments in stress, energy, sports performance and many other uses.

 Donna with patient in biofeedback.

 Discussing biofeedback

   
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11. Do you do past life regression?
I am frequently asked about past life regression. I have help with past life regression, some without meaning too. Here is my opinion. First of all, your subconscious does not know the difference between fact and fiction. Regression is an excellent tool in learning about irrational fears and phobias one may have. It the subconscious believes it, it will make it true in a sense. 
Initially, I was resistant to do regressions as I wanted my career to stay on a medical and clinical path by helping people with medical hindrances.  After doing several regression sessions, I amended my  prejudice as I found people who had physical symptoms which defied medical etiology (why something occurs).  Whether you are suffering from unexplained pain, fear, phobias or difficulty losing weight, there is frequently a reason in their past which prevented them from moving past it.
I record these session on a CD for the patient. Although one normally remembers everything from a session when they are awakened from hypnosis, it is interesting to hear oneself "relate in their own voice", memories of a time past in a present tense conversation.
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