Frequently Asked Questions

Is hypnosis sleep?

No. While you may close your eyes while in hypnosis you are not asleep. You are fully aware of your surroundings and in a heightened state of consciousness.

What exactly is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is simply a state of mind where your conscious state 'steps aside' and allows more direct communications with your subconscious.


Everyone experiences changing states of mind throughout the day. Daydreaming, becoming engrossed in a TV show or movie, or simply ‘zoning out’ while driving which causes you to miss a turn or exit – are all examples of hypnosis-like states. Advertising, especially TV advertising is designed to have a similar effect. Advertisers hope to bypass some of your conscious judgment processes and increase your openness to their suggestions.


Napping and sleep are other situations when your consciousness relaxes its control but is still present. This is why in an emergency you can come instantly awake and be ready to deal with any situation.


The same is true of those in a hypnotic state. At any time, they can return to full consciousness and be fully aware of their surroundings.


Hypnosis in various forms is something which we all experience several ways. It is natural state of being and this is why hypnotherapists say that anyone who wants to be hypnotized can be.

Can I get stuck in hypnosis?

No. Entering and staying in hypnosis is a voluntary decision. There is no record of anyone remaining for a prolonged time in a hypnotic state. Hypnosis can be terminated at will. Ending hypnosis is as simple as deciding to end the session and opening your eyes.

Can a person be made to act against their will while in hypnosis?

No, a person will not go against his or her principles nor can they be compelled to take an action. Individuals will only follow the offered suggestions they willingly accept.

What happens in the first session?

Your first session has three parts. First, the hypnotherapist will ask questions about the issue that concerns you. Next, the hypnotherapist will conduct some simple mental exercises to determine the best approach to inducing hypnosis. During the last part of the session the hypnotherapist will help you enter a light to medium state of hypnosis and begin addressing your underlying issue.

How many sessions will I need?

Occasionally, issues can be cleared up after only one or two sessions. This is true of a few common habits and phobias, but success depends on the client’s desire to effect a change. Generally, great progress can be made in three to five sessions. The hypnotherapist can usually tell you the number of sessions recommended at the end of the first meeting.

If someone decides to resist hypnosis can they be put in a hypnotic state?

No. Entering hypnosis requires the client to want to undergo a change of mind state. If someone is reluctant to be hypnotized – then even the most experienced hypnotist will not succeed.


This explains why it is so important that the client be committed to succeeding and have trust in the hypnotherapist.

Are the changes I make through hypnosis long lasting?

Some people experience a lifelong change after just one session while most people require multiple sessions. The effectiveness and duration of change is tied to the effort the individual puts into making the adjustments permanent. In all cases reinforcing the suggestions delivered during the hypnotic session(s) are key to ensuring their durability.


There are multiple ways to reinforce hypnotic suggestions. DRB Hypnosis has developed a maintenance program for clients who complete one or more of our programs.

Does your firm ever work with executives?

Yes. Many executives find hypnosis to be helpful in dealing with a wide range of business-related issues, especially stress and work performance.


This is a large and complex subject. Please contact one of our staff to discuss this further.

What role does hypnosis have in helping drive a successful business?

In addition to addressing individual shortcomings, hypnosis is known to be effective in helping individuals as well as groups, deal with various business challenges. For example:



Developing rapport


Time management


Working in a public setting

Emotional stability


Focus and concentration

Business judgment




Many executives find it difficult to deal with work-generated stress while others experience a profound sense of loneliness.


Hypnosis can aid in overcoming all of these issues and teach individuals and groups how to thrive when faced with these challenges. 

Other Questions

For more answers to questions about hypnosis, hypnotherapy, and neuro-linguistic programming see our book:

LEARNING HYPNOSIS: The Book of Answers by Don Byrne, CCHt.

Due for release in early 2023.

Complaints and Termination of Services

Complaints about service or behavior may be sent in writing to the Director, International Association of Interpersonal Hypnotherapists located at 2805 West Busch Blvd., Ste 103, Tampa Florida 33618. 

Clients have a right to any and all records generated during their sessions.

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