Frequently Asked Questions
Sean Maness has his own unique approach to overcoming anxiety with hypnotherapy. Find out how we can help you find lasting freedom from anxiety.
Top Questions & Answers
We know you have questions about hypnosis and how it can help you with your anxiety. We've gathered some of the most common ones we hear, but if you have any questions that we haven't covered, please contact us today.
Most people do remember everything, depending on how deep your mind goes. You will find that suggestions which have been given to you in hypnosis will resurface in your conscious mind after your session and these will be the thoughts that produce positive changes in your behavior or way of thinking.
Because it works! With hypnosis, you can access the subconscious mind to release and discover core issues causing symptoms of stress, fears, phobias, anxiety, etc. Studies have found that subconscious thoughts and beliefs are eight to nine times more powerful than conscious awareness. Thus when you change the subconscious thought process, you are tapping eight to nine times more power over your life than conscious determination would allow.
Here are powerful reasons to see Maness Hypnosis:
- EMOTIONAL BENEFITS: Resolve Anxiety, Stress Management, Confidence & Self-Esteem, Eliminate Fears & Phobias
- PHYSICAL BENEFITS: Weight Control, Insomnia, Athletic Skills & Performance
- MENTAL BENEFITS: Overcome Sabotage, Eliminate Procrastination, Stop Worry Thoughts, Goal Setting
- BEHAVIORAL BENEFITS: Change Eating Habits, Self Love, Communication Skills
Hypnosis is a heightened state of focus and suggestibility in which the body and conscious mind are in a naturally relaxed state while the subconscious mind remains very alert and receptive to positive suggestions for change. People often refer to hypnosis as a state where one can concentrate intensely while blocking out distractions.
In hypnotherapy, we simply deal with how an undesired behavior can be unlearned and how a desired one can be learned to replace it. What we do is simply reprogram your subconscious mind to make it congruent with what you want consciously.
Hypnosis is a tool used to bypass the critical analysis of your mind so that the suggestions for change can be accepted and then incorporated into a new “automatic” behavior. Like they do with a computer, we reprogram your subconscious mind and create new positive associations that will help you achieve the goal you haven’t been able to achieve by yourself so far.
It is commonly believed that hypnotherapists are similar to other mental health professionals, like psychologists. Hypnotherapy, however, is a unique modality with with its own scope and preparation. A well-trained hypnotherapist understands that clients heal themselves.
Hence, a hypnotherapist is part investigator, accountability partner, a “debugging” specialist, coach, and instructor. It is a dynamic role that requires empathy, intuition, logic, and listening skills. The outcome is to help someone make a lasting change, usually pertaining to mental or physical habits.
Initiating change at the conscious level can be very difficult. The conscious mind makes up only around 10-12% of our total mind power. By contrast, the subconscious mind encompasses the other 88-90%. This vast portion of our mind houses the unconscious story or programming that influences virtually everything we do. If it isn’t congruent with our conscious desires, it is not hard to see which part of the mind will get its way.
Because hypnotherapy is the art of rewriting unconscious programs, it is very effective at turning the subconscious mind into a powerful “goal machine” that works behind the scenes, 24/7, to create positive, lasting changes in our lives. To get an idea of hypnotherapy’s efficacy, see this comparison study published in Psychotherapy Magazine (Volume 7, Number 1, Alfred A Barrios, PhD):
● Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions
● Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions
● Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions
Yes. Everyone has the ability to be hypnotized. Hypnosis is a very normal process that we all experience for a few minutes everyday before we fall asleep. Everyone who is willing to relax and enjoy the benefits of hypnosis can be hypnotized. Anyone who can follow directions can be hypnotized. The most creative and intelligent people are usually the best at learning how to go into hypnosis.
Hypnosis is a natural state that we have access to all day long. When you drive down the road and miss a turn or get lost in a movie or your favorite song, those are all states of hypnosis. The most common reason for failure to induce trance is lack of rapport and explanation of the state, or a hypnotherapist without proper training who is using incomplete methods. Always check the background of a new hypnotherapist before committing to a session.
Historically, the word Hypnosis comes from Greek origin meaning a “sleep-like state”. However you will not be asleep, nor will you be unconscious. You will be aware of everything that is happening and that is being said the whole time. You will be entirely focused on increasing your motivation, your beliefs in what is possible, your confidence and your self-esteem. Although the words “deep sleep” may be used during our sessions, you will hear everything that is being said: this is your clue to the fact that you are in the hypnotic state rather than sleep.
No. You are only in a state of very deep relaxation and you can leave that state whenever you want to. It is impossible to get “stuck”. All hypnotic states end, whether formally ended by the Hypnotherapist or naturally by you. Our hypnotherapists can demonstrate this for you.
Absolutely not. Hypnosis works on the basis of positive suggestions. Whilst you may be in a meditation-like state, your mind is still in control and will reject any suggestions that you would normally consider inappropriate. When you work with our hypnotist, you are not in anyone’s power and you cannot be controlled in any way.
The people you see on stage shows are all “willing volunteers” whose eagerness to entertain others is the basis of their apparent programmed behavior. You cannot be made to do anything against your will; no one can be made to do anything or say anything that conflicts with his or her personal and ethical standards or morals.
No, you won’t say or do anything that you don’t want to. While hypnosis can be used for personal benefit, it cannot cause you to say or do anything against your free will or ethics.
Hypnosis is specifically used to improve your health and well-being and is different from stage hypnosis that is used for entertainment purposes only. You will not start clucking like a chicken or break out in a Michael Jackson dance. If you were given suggestions that you don’t morally agree with, you would come out of hypnosis and your mind would mentally block those suggestions. Hypnosis is not a control state, it is an agreeable state for the mind and body to shift its perspective in life.
There are no negative side effects. Most people find the experience to be extremely positive, beneficial and empowering. Hypnosis is considered safe no matter what your condition. I always ensure that you and are in a positive, relaxed and motivated state at the end of each session.
Habits are controlled by the subconscious mind. Since hypnosis accesses the subconscious mind, your behavior can be modified to benefit you by replacing old beliefs or behaviors you no longer need or want with new ones you desire. All behaviors are a learned response. If you learned them, you can unlearn them.
At Maness Hypnosis, we specialize in using hypnotherapy to treat anxiety, however, hypnosis can be used for a variety of other ailments, such as: weight loss, relationship enhancement, self-esteem and self-confidence, positive attitude, motivation, goals and success achievement, fears (flying, public speaking, heights, success or failure, animals, doctors, dentist, etc.), habit control (stop smoking, stop nail biting, etc.), sports and performance enhancement, test taking, stress reduction, releasing negative emotions (anger, fear, sadness, guilt, etc.), etc.
It is not a good use for drug addiction, alcoholism, or serious mental disorders like bipolar disorder.
What Other People Say...
“I Hardly Notice Feelings Of Anxiousness Anymore…”
“I used to experience high levels of anxiety weekly, and I hardly notice feelings of anxiousness anymore. It is clear that Sean puts a lot of thought into how best to help his clients. He is well prepared every session with ideas individualized to my needs. I am beyond pleased at the progress I have seen from working with him. I am very thankful to him for helping me gain confidence and restore a sense of joy and calmness in my life again.”
“In A Few Weeks, I Felt A Significant Difference In My Mood”
“I’ve struggled with depression on and off for years, and up until recently it had become almost debilitating. I had therapy but none of them really effectively got to the root of the problem. After just a few weeks of working with Sean, I felt a significant difference in my mood and motivation. I was able to come back to my interests of art and design after so long and was excited about life again after being held back by depression for so long. Sean is a great listener and really tried to understand you so as to give you the right help you need.”
much greater ability to gain control over my anxious thoughts
“I was dealing with a paralyzing fear of flying. I had moved and cancelled two flights previously and I was concerned that this would happen again. After sessions, I have a much greater ability to gain control over my anxious thoughts. I can now slow down and focus on self-improvement. I can now open up and talk about my issues instead of keeping it inside. I have a trip coming up this weekend, and for the first time, I can now focus on the trip instead of the process of getting there. Even my parents have noticed that when I call them after hypnosis, I am now so much more relaxed. Before purchasing services, I had some doubts because it was unknown territory for me. However, it’s nothing like you’ve seen on TV or what you might think of it. I ended up doing hypnosis here because they did not present it as a quick fix, but as a process and one that I felt comfortable with.”
I am calm, focused, and happy
“I was having a lot of anxiety that stemmed from a previous abusive relationship. I was also having trouble sleeping, and focusing on the good things in my life. I am now able to see my problems from a totally different perspective. Before, I was anxious, distracted, and nervous, and now I am calm, focused, and happy. I use the mental conditioning Sean taught me as a daily tool to work through things I couldn’t work through before.”
Within 3-4 weeks, I noticed that my anxiety was basically gone
“Sean has been a huge help to me! I was having lots of trouble with anxiety and depression. Within 3-4 weeks, I noticed that my anxiety was basically gone. My depression has seen vast improvements as well. If you’re on the fence about this, I highly recommend you give it a try!”