This is a very common question that I encounter when I tell people that I am a clinical hypnotherapist. Is hypnosis real? Does it really work? Can everybody be hypnotized?


Why Do People Wonder If Hypnosis Is Real?

Perhaps the notion that you can bring rapid and amazing changes into your life by just going into the state of hypnosis seems too good to be true and yet if you look at some of the testimonials from my clients you realize it t is very possible indeed.

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Shirly Gilad has helped me in so many ways. I was fearful of flying and after two sessions with her, I was flying!! I will admit I was skeptical at first yet remained open minded and was literally stunned at the results. Shirly is a genius in my opinion, she is so knowledgeable and so kind, she makes herself available to you and is very responsive in answering questions. I have had 3 sessions and plan to have several more to work on other issues. Shirly Gilad changed my life for the better, I highly endorse her for anyone seeking her services. If there were 10 stars I would have checked 10 stars. Aleksandra Gioe

Hypnotherapy is, perhaps, one of the most misunderstood and controversial methods of psychological treatment. The myths and misconceptions that surround hypnotherapy mostly stem from people’s ideas about stage hypnotism. The truth is that stage hypnotism is essentially a theatrical performance and has about as much in common with bona fide clinical hypnotherapy as many Hollywood movies have with real life. Dr. Clifford Lazarus PhD in Psychology Today

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The Mayo Clinic on Hypnosis:

I think we can trust this very famous research institute on the question of is hypnosis real?

“Hypnosis, also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, is a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus and concentration. Hypnosis is usually done with the help of a therapist using verbal repetition and mental images. When you’re under hypnosis, you usually feel calm and relaxed, and are more open to suggestions.


Hypnosis can be used to help you gain control over undesired behaviors or to help you cope better with anxiety or pain. It’s important to know that although you’re more open to suggestion during hypnosis, you don’t lose control over your behavior.

Hypnotherapy can be an effective method for coping with stress and anxiety. In particular, hypnosis can reduce stress and anxiety before a medical procedure, such as a breast biopsy.

Hypnosis has been studied for other conditions, including:

  • Pain control. It may help with pain due to burns, cancer, childbirth, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, temporomandibular joint problems, dental procedures and headaches.
  • Hot flashes. It may relieve symptoms of hot flashes associated with menopause.
  • Behavior change. It has been used with some success in the treatment of insomnia, bed-wetting, smoking, and overeating.
  • Cancer treatment side effects. It has been used to ease side effects related to chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
  • Mental health conditions. It may help treat symptoms of anxiety, phobias and post-traumatic stress.”

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Hypnosis is a state that is available to all human beings. It is that feeling right before you fall asleep, the body relaxed, the mind drifting and the subconsious open. It is the state you are in when you are completely lost in reading an amazing book and time had simply comes to a standstill. It is a state of altered consciousness that you agree to.

This partnership between hypnotherapist and client is a sacred one. As the client you are always guiding the process. You are always in control. You choose to go into hypnosis as a way to advance your health and well-being.

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