FAQs and Benefits of Hypnotherapy


What is hypnotherapy?

Basically, it is hypnosis provided by a licensed mental health professional.  Hypnotherapy is a natural and safe practice.  According to the American Psychological Association (APA) hypnosis is defined as a process of a hypnotic induction with suggestions using one’s imagination and all other senses.  People usually feel relaxed, but that is not necessary for the suggestions to be effective.

Is hypnosis an altered state of consciousness?

No.  It is usually a state of deep relaxation similar to meditation.  Altered states of consciousness are usually derived from illicit substances not hypnosis.

Can I be hypnotized?

If you want to be. If you have serious trust and control issues it will be more difficult.  Maybe it is the placebo effect. If so who cares. If it works, work it.
Will I still be in control?

Yes, and no you won’t cluck like a chicken. People who do strange things during stage hypnosis do so because, they want to act like fools.  The stage hypnotist has the advantage of knowing who will be easy to hypnotize, because they are the ones raising their hands to volunteer.  You will resist suggestions you don’t agree with or feel comfortable with.  It is important to use specific language in hypnotherapy so the suggestions are positive and more agreeable for you.  Hypnosis allows people to gain better control over their thoughts and emotions.

Are Audio hypnosis Cd’s effective?

Yes.  All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, so the Cd’s can be highly effective.  The only problem may be that ones that are purchased tend to be generic and not customized to each individual as hypnotherapy- in person is, and the CDs that you will receive.  Or the person who made the recording lacks credentials and experience to know the right suggestions to make.

Can I get stuck in hypnosis?

No, you would eventually come out of it, and in session you would be awakened.  We all go through mini trances throughout the day and don’t realize it.  Can you remember driving on the highway and forgetting to take your exit or not recalling the last few exits? That’s highway hypnosis.  It usually isn’t a problem unless you have other serious problems causing you to fully dissociate.

What if the devil or mean spirits enter my mind or body during hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a natural God/Goddess given state similar to prayer.  You will be in control and be able to resist anything you feel uncomfortable with and will have a clinician there to protect you, so you can feel safe while being in a hypnotic state. If listening to recordings you will still be protected.

What are the benefits of hypnosis?

The benefits are similar to meditation, since hypnosis is a deeper state of meditation.  They are as follows:

Benefits of Meditation/Deep Breathing
Decreases respiratory rate
Increases blood flow and slows  heart rate
Increases exercise tolerance
Deeper level of relaxation
 Improved Memory
Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate
Decreases pain and  muscle tension
Builds self-confidenceNormalizes blood pressure
Improved mood:  It increases serotonin production which influences mood and behavior
Helps in chronic diseases, all disease states
Reduces PMS symptoms
Aids in pre and post-operative healing
Enhances the immune system and builds resistance to infection/disease
Lowers oxygen consumptionImproves concentration/focus

Helps resolve anger and releases pent up emotions

Improves posture

Improves sleep

Increases energy

Increases intuitive abilities

Helps with weight loss, reduces stress hormone

Overall-Changes the stress response making you more resilient against stress



Dr. Umfer is a licensed clinical psychologist and forensic psychologist in Tampa Florida. She specializes in weight loss and forensic evaluations, such as sex offender risk assessments, psychological evaluations for substance abuse, competency, fitness for duty, immigration etc. She has certifications in fitness and nutrition, clinical hypnotherapy and as a meditation instructor. She identifies herself as a Forensic Evaluator and Weight Liberator and strives to help clients become "Umferized" aka empowered and fulfilled.

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