Below, I answer some questions that I am very often asked in my practice. If you still have questions after reading this, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Hypnotherapy

Yes and no. If you resist, hypnosis will not work with you. But under these conditions, no psychotherapy will succeed with you. If you want to work with hypnotherapy, if you have a good therapist, and if you have a good connection to him or her, you will be most probably be able to work with hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Because hypnosis can be defined as work with trance, and trance is a very natural state of mind. Trance, from my point of view (there are many many definitions of trance), means

  • focusing your attention on something,
  • not actively doing things, but letting them happen, like in a flow (“it just happens”),
  • less analytical thinking, more feeling and experiencing.

So, we are all in trance states all the time, for example during reading an exciting book, dancing, sex, cinema, day dreaming, etc.

Consequently, every person is able to be hypnotized and experience trance, even though not everybody is able to enter directly into a very deep trance state. However, this is not a problem at all since in modern hypnotherapy only slight to medium deep trance states are needed for good therapeutic results.

Trance is a totally natural state of mind. If hypnotherapy is done by an experienced and well educated hypnotherapist, it is no more risky than any other method of psychotherapy.
You will always wake up again. There is not even one documented case in the whole world where this did not happen. Even if the therapist could, for some reason, not terminate the hypnosis session properly, the client will either fall asleep or wake up and recognize what is happening.
No! Hypnosis is very similar to being in a normal state of mind: You will choose what you wish to say. A client retains their will, and willingness, so they are not “without will” at all (see above). A client can even choose to lie or not answer at all.
Basically, as I mentioned above, trance is a natural state of mind. We all already know it from being absorbed while reading a book or watching an exciting movie, for example. Or while dancing or daydreaming. Some people even say that we are always in trance because we always focus on some internal or external experience.

As you see, there are many different ways and situations, in which you can experience trance. So, it is impossible to say how it feels to be in trance since it depends on the focus of attention. Hypnotherapy is a very powerful tool in helping with emotional experiences.
So, if you go to a therapist because your problem is that you are very anxious or stressed, then a good trance experience for you might be deep hypnotic relaxation. And to practice this trance as often as possible.
If you have a lack of energy or your life feels so boring, this might not be the right trance experience for you. Then hypnosis can maybe bring you into contact with your power and strength.

Not at all! Modern hypnotherapy mostly works with slight to medium deep trance states. In these states of mind you will of course be aware of everything that is happening. But even in deep trance states, you are not unaware. It might rather be a very absorbed experience of your attention focus or like a dream.
No! You still totally have your own will and will be able to realise anything that happens to you in trance. For example, you will be able to terminate the trance autonomously or to ignore the therapist’s offers.

EFT

Excellent! Even fears and phobias and emotional problems that make clients suffer enormously, can be elleviated or eradicated through EFT. Many scientific EFT studies confirm this experience. In some of these studies the EFT session lasted only less than 45 min but even in this short time significant improvements could be obtained.
Many hypotheses and theories are discussed about why EFT works. The main theory is that a negative feeling causes a disruption in the body’s energy system. Consequently, EFT’s tapping on acupuncture points balances the body’s energy system. But there are, of course, also other hypotheses about EFT that fit better into the western scientific way of thinking. In his disscussion paper “Energetische Psychologie“, the German psychiatrist and psychotherapist Dr. Med. Michael Bohne offers many alternative explanations about why EFT works. But finally, this discussion is more of a secondary concern as long as the client benefits from EFT. My opinion is: “He who heals is right!”.
Definitely not! It is true that EFT is a relatively young psychotherapy method for which, therefore, there are not yet as many scientific studies as for other methods. Nevertheless, the effectiveness of EFT has already shown in numerous impressive studies.