FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
It seems everyone has questions about hypnosis, hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and other break through technologies. The following information may bring understanding and clarity.
Q. Where are Peter Zapfella’s clinic’s?
Q. What is Hypnosis?
A. Hypnosis is a daydream like state between sleep and full wakefulness. Hypnotized people are awake and focused, with a corresponding decrease in their peripheral awareness. The hypnotised person shows an intensified response to suggestions by the hypnotist.
Hypnosis is a popular method for experiencing trance, but it is not the only approach. Researcher Dennis R Wier has been experimenting with trance for more than 35 years. In his book, Trance: from Magic to Technology, he defined trance as “a state of mind being caused by cognitive loops where a cognitive object (thoughts, images, sounds, intentional actions) repeats long enough to result in various sets of disabled cognitive functions.” … “at least some cognitive functions such as volition are disabled; as is seen in what is typically termed a ‘hypnotic trance’.
A hypnotist guides or facilitates a person to create their own trance state. “All hypnosis is self hypnosis”
Meditation, addictions, captivation and frenzy are all trance states. We also see trance states induced from indigenous and religious peoples rhythmic percussion, drumming, chants and dance.
People are usually guided into trance by a hypnotist, who may be a sharman, mystic, priest, or yogi. With practice individuals can choose to achieve trance themselves through some forms of meditation, self-hypnosis and prayer. People also experience trance through television, advertising, trauma, panic attacks, psychosis, euphoria, and some psychedelic drugs such as LSD, peyote, and psilocybin.
When people think of hypnotic trance they think of a sleep. I have had several clients over the years who have said ‘That did not work. I was not hypnotized, because I was not asleep.” They think hypnotic trance is sleep. The fact is trance can be very active too. People can achieve trance states while dancing, in athletic pursuits and facing real or imagined threats to their survival.
Q. What is trance?
A. Trance is a natural, it is not artificial. We all experience it, everyday. Trance in it’s self is not dangerous. It is sometimes called an ‘altered state of consciousness’, although altered from what I don’t know.
Dictionary.com defines ‘trance’ as:
1.a half-conscious state, seemingly between sleeping and waking, in which ability to function voluntarily may be suspended.
2.a dazed or bewildered condition.
3.a state of complete mental absorption or deep musing.
4.an unconscious, cataleptic, or hypnotic condition.
5.Spiritualism. a temporary state in which a medium, with suspension of personal consciousness, is controlled by an intelligence from without and used as a means of communication, as from the dead.
Q. How are brain waves measured?
A. Our brain waves are measured in hertz (symbol Hz). They are defined as cycles per second of frequency. This unit of measurement is most commonly used in audio, music and radio related applications. Our brain waves are divided into the following ranges measured in hertz using an electroencephalograph.
Gamma waves occur in the range of 25 – 100 Hz. Meditating Tibetan Monks feeling compassion and experiencing ‘bliss’ have been measured as high as 40 Hz. However this level of brain wave activity has rarely been measured.
Beta waves occur at 12.5 to 30 Hz. They are associated with normal waking consciousness.
Alpha waves occur in the range of 7.5 – 12.5 Hz. They are associated with wakeful relaxation while the eyes are closed. It is the state of ‘light-hypnosis’. Masters of Zen meditation have been able to show noticeably more alpha waves during meditation.
Theta waves occur in the range of 4 – 7.5 Hz. They are associated with meditation, deeper hypnosis, drowsiness and light sleep.
Delta waves occur in the range of 0.5 – 4 Hz. Deep dreamless sleep, coma, Yoga Nidra (sleep yoga), and a deep meditative state known as “jagrat sushupti” occue at this level.
Q. What is Hypnotherapy?
A. Hypnotherapy is a system of psychotherapy using hypnotism for therapeutic intention. Some lazy hypnotherapists simply use a trance induction, and follow that up with some positive suggestions. Some do not even do that, because they think the unconscious mind has all the answers to all the problems. They just lead a client into trance and leave them there for several minutes of silence.
Better hypnotherapists will guide the unconscious mind to the foundation of the challenge and then reveal the truth of the past emotional event, with the intention of negating it’s effects on ‘now’, including syptomology.
A good hypnotherapist will:
- Provide details of their training and experience.
- Quote the anticipated time and fee for therapy.
- Consult with their client to determine the presenting challenge, it’s likely ‘root cause’, as well as the symptoms.
- Verify the desired outcome as a result of therapy.
- Identify any circumstances that may preclude the use of hypnosis. Such as contra-indicated mental health issues.
- Explain hypnosis and the hypnotic trance to their client.
- Lead or induce an appropriate level of hypnotic state or trance in their client.
- Guide the subconscious and deeper unconscious of the client to resolve the presenting challenge and any symptoms.
- Bring the client back to a normal waking state, and reassure them.
There are different types of hypnotherapy. They include:
Indigenous healing was and is practiced by Sharman, witch doctors and priests in indigenous societies around the world. They usually use ceremonial costumes, rattles, bells, rhythmic drums and ‘magik’ to create a trance state in themselves and their subject. They may also use potions made from herbs to create an altered state. This usually takes many hours, and sometimes days to achieve. This healing is probably as old as man itself.
Traditional Hypnotherapy had it’s beginnings with Father Maximilian Hell (1720 – 1792) who used Sharman like costumes and chanting to induce trance and to ‘drive out evil spirits’. It typically took hours for his patients to achieve trance states.
Franz Anton Mesmer (1734 –1815) ‘perfected’ the method by introducing the fascination of magnetism, which he called ‘animal magnetism’. Perhaps you have heard the term ‘mesmerizing’? People thought magnets were ‘magik’, and the shock of seeing rocks apparently move by themselves assisted trance. Magic tricks can throw people into trance.
Doctor James Esdaile (1808 – 1859) was a pioneer of hypnosis for surgical anesthesia. He performed hundred’s of operations only using hypnotic trance.
Doctor James Braid (1795 – 1860), studied Mesmer’s technique and concluded trance had nothing to do with magnetism.
Doctor Hippolyte Bernheim (1840 – 1919) ‘discovered’ false memory syndrome, which all therapists should be aware of. It can be abused and used to create positive change.
Sigmund Freud, the father of psycho-analysis said, “I was a spectator of Bernheim’s astonishing experiments upon his hospital patients, and I received the profoundest impression of the possibility that there could be powerful mental processes which nevertheless remained hidden from the consciousness of man”.
These and many others advanced the science and art of hypnotherapy.
Major George Estabrooks (1895 – 1973) used a shock and control technique to ‘hypnoprogram’ US government military and spy’s during World War Two. The CIA and military invested millions of dollars researching hypnosis during the 1950’s. As a result it paved the way for medical, dental and psychological purposes.
Dave Elman (1900 – 1967) was introduced to hypnotherapy through stage hypnosis. He taught doctors across America the art and science of hypnotic trance induction using direct methods, such as … “Close those eyes now”
Ericksonian Hypnotherapy. Doctor Milton Erickson (1901 – 1980), an American psychiatrist, developed unique ‘permissive’ trance induction and suggestion techniques – the complete opposite of Major George Estabrooks shock and control methods.
Milton Erickson originally trained in traditional hypnosis methods. He found the direct methods were ineffective with some patients, because they resisted. So he developed the ability to “utilize” anything about his patients to assist them heal; including their beliefs, words, cultural background, personal history, or even their neurotic behaviors. Such as “You can… close those tired eyes down… whenever….. you want Now”
Milton Erickson was a major influence on the development of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).
Advanced Hypnotherapy is heavily influenced by Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Psychology and NLP. Peter Zapfella also draws upon his stage hypnosis techniques to create a trance state in his clients. He understands that everyone is in their own trance most of their waking life. He utilizes these naturally occurring trance states to create change in his clients.
Q. What is Neuro Linguistic Programming ?
A. Neuro Linguistic Programming or NLP explores the relationships between how we think (neuro), how we communicate (linguistic) and our patterns of behavior and emotion (programs).
NLP is an incredibly powerful collection of techniques that can quickly change emotions, beliefs and behaviors at the unconscious level of mind. Thereby people can think, communicate and manage themselves, and others, more effectively then ever before. One of the things about NLP that amazes hypnotherapists and psychologists is that it usually does not need a traditional hypnotic trance to effectively create fundamental changes at the deep unconscious.
That is why NLP is one of the most powerful skills used today in advertising, sales, business management, and sports coaching and all forms of personal development.
The logical conscious mind is the goal setter, while your unconscious mind is the goal getter.
If things are not working out in your life, chances are your conscious and unconscious are incongruent. NLP removes the unconscious ‘blocks’ so it can align with the conscious mind.
NLP was created in the 1970’s by a psychologist, Richard Bandler, and an Assistant Professor of Linguistics, John Grinder. Since then many have contributed to the building of the field. Initially NLP was focused upon health and self-development, perhaps because Bandler and Grinder studied people like Milton Erickson. Today NLP encompasses education, business, sports and improved inter-personal communication. It is now used to advance better communication and influence from the pulpit, presentations, advertising and more.
I have studied NLP along-side people employed by the US FBI, police and Australian Taxation Office.
NLP utilizes various methods, including:
- Future Pacing
- Swish Pattern
- Parts Integration
- Sleight of mouth
- The Milton (Erickson) Model of communication
- Meta Programs, and
- Time Line Therapy ®
Q. What is Cyber Band ® Hypnotherapy?
A. Peter Zapfella and Coral A Conrad firstly assist their clients to privately resolve old self-limiting beliefs (for example. ‘I do not deserve…’, addictions (for example. sugar and carbohydrates) and negative emotions (for example. sadness, worry, boredom, depression, past trauma’s) related to their poor diet and excess body weight challenges. Then they educate their clients about better choices for a healthy life style – technique’s that are proven to work.
Now clients have the added option of CYBER-BAND® Hypnotherapy whereby the deep unconscious mind believes they have under gone gastric band surgery, forcing them to eat smaller meal potions, thereby developing new healthy habits and behaviors and controlling weight long term.
Cyber Band is a hypnotherapy technique co-developed by Peter Zapfella and Coral A. Conrad. It limits portion control while eating food by creating an illusion at the unconscious level of mind that the client has undergone an actual lap banding or by-pass procedure. It is preceded by Neuro Linguistic and Emotional Alignment Therapy treatment to resolve the ‘root cause’ emotional and behavioral causes of weight gain.
Following years of successful clinical practice in weight control and other issues Peter Zapfella and Coral A. Conrad consulted with several people who had successfully completed gastric lap band surgery, with subsequent weight loss. They were also advised by hospital surgical staff with hands on clinical experience in the procedure.
- The WEIGHT is OVER.
- FREE of surgery time off work.
- FREE of surgery pain or discomfort.
- FREE of surgery scarring.
- EASY to adjust & reversible.
- $AVE thousands over $urgery costs.
Cyber Band is a registered trade mark of Peter Zapfella and Coral A Conrad.
Q. What is Emotional Alignment Therapy?
A. Emotional Alignment Therapy is a Neuro Linguistic Programming technique developed by Peter Zapfella in 2002*. It quickly and efficiently deletes illusions at the unconscious level of mind that control peoples lives through addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, negative emotions and self-limiting beliefs.
After having studied and qualified as a Master Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, he went to the US to study Neuro Linguistic Programming and Time Line Therapy ®, with Master Trainers Dr Everett James Ph.D Hypno (USA), Julie Silverthorn Psych (USA), John Overduff Psych (USA), Dr Susan Chu MD. (HK), Ardith James (USA), Dennis Sartain Ph.D Psych (UK), and others. Peter Zapfella became a psychotherapist in private practice in 1995.
In 1997 he began working with legendary American Stage Hypnotist Reif Spano. Peter subsequently developed his own Comedy Hypnosis Show and in 2000 he accepted the opportunity to live and work in Sydney during the Sydney Olympic Games.
At that time Sydney was the centre of NLP trainings in Australia, so Peter was able to repeat his original trainings and attend further trainings with Master Trainers Dr Everett James Ph.D Hypno (USA), Dr Adriana James Ph.D Hypno, Philippa Bond (AUS), Dr Michael Hall Ph.D Psych (USA), Rev. Dr. Bodenhamer Ph.D Theo (USA), and George Faddoul (AUS), Lori Flores (USA), Tim Halborn (USA), Sue Knight (UK), Kis Halborn (USA), Bogdan Bobocea (AUS) and others.
He began to conceptualize a new therapy model, and tested it with his clients. The results were even more successful than other NLP methods he had been using previously. Peter then experimented and perfected the method called Emotional Alignment Therapy, including NLP ‘future pacing’, ‘metaphor’s’ and ‘reframing’ too.
Q. What are subliminal affirmations?
Peter Zapfella is launching an exciting range of specific SUBLIMINAL AFFIRMATION products, for a wide range of life’s day-to-day challenges.
The downloadable MP3’s consist of positive affirmations, which are repeated several times every minute, and accompanied by pleasant sounds of nature and, or music. Importantly, the affirmations can clearly be heard when the background (masking) sounds are not there.
They can safely be used in the back ground at work, in the home and while sleeping. They are suitable for children, and adults of all ages.
They are most effective when listened following one-on-one therapy with Peter Zapfella, and therefore their unconscious ‘intent’ and ‘emotional feelings’ are consistent with the SUBLIMINAL messages. They ‘prime individual responses and stimulate mild emotional activity’. However they will not force a client to do anything they do not consciously want to do.
The secret of success is the way they are repeated over and over many many times, at normal speed, just below the background (masking) sounds. You may even be able to hear Peter Zapfella’s spoken words from time-to-time.
This wide range of MP3’s are long term maintenance, to be used following therapy – not as a substitute for it. They can be used at your convenience almost anywhere and at any time, for your ongoing, long-term success.
Q. What is the Conscious Mind?
A. The conscious mind is the state of wakefulness. It is logical, analytical and understands time and reality.
Consciousness is awareness of the moment (time), our own external world (environment), and some mental functions. In NLP we would say the conscious mind is the executive which sets the goals.
Q. What is the Sub-Conscious Mind?
A. The subconscious mind is the state of daydreaming and deep relaxation. The boundaries to reality are somewhat blurred and confused.
The sub-conscious is adjacent to consciousness and provides accessible information, such as short-term memories and recall. It is the ‘half-way house’ (sub) between consciousness and the deeper unconscious. Some unconscious memories are transferred through the sub-conscious to full consciousness. Some psychologists and hypnotherapists get their ‘sub-conscious’ and ‘un-conscious’ minds confused.
Q. What is the Un-Conscious Mind?
A. When Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), the Austrian father of psychoanalysis wrote about das Unbewusste (the unconscious), as all that takes place outside conscious awareness he was talking about all that is NON or UN known to the conscious mind. The unconscious is deeper than the subconscious and is concerned with information gathering and storing for the purposes of learning, for the ultimate purpose of survival. The unconscious creates beliefs and behaviors based upon this information, for the ultimate purpose of survival. The unconscious creates sleeping dreams as part of this sorting process.
“The conscious mind determines the actions, the unconscious mind determines the reactions; and the reactions are just as important as the actions.” ~E. Stanley Jones
NLP Master Trainer, Matthew B. James, MA, Ph.D. says ‘in NLP we recognize the unconscious mind which :
Preserves the body: One of its main objectives is the survival of your physical body. It will fight anything that appears to be a threat to that survival. So if you want to change a behavior more easily, show your unconscious how that behavior is hurting your body.
Runs the body: The unconscious handles all of your basic physical functions (breathing, heart rate, immune system, etc.). Huna believes that the unconscious holds the blueprint of your body as it is now and also the blueprint of your perfect health. Rather than telling the unconscious what perfect health looks like, try asking it what it knows and what you need for better health.
Is like a 7-year old child: Like a young child, the unconscious likes to serve, needs very clear directions, and takes your instructions very literally. So if you say, “This job is a pain in the neck,” your unconscious will figure out a way to make sure that your neck hurts at work! The unconscious is also very “moral” in the way a young child is moral, which means based on the morality taught and accepted by your parents or surroundings. So if you were taught that “sex is nasty,” your unconscious will still respond to that teaching even after your conscious mind has rejected it.
Communicates through emotion and symbols: To get your attention, the unconscious uses emotions. For example, if you suddenly feel afraid, your unconscious has detected (rightly or wrongly) that your survival is at risk.
Stores and organizes memories: The unconscious decides where and how your memories are stored. It may hide certain memories (such as traumas) that have strong negative emotions until you are mature enough to process them consciously. When it senses that you are ready (whether you consciously think you are or not!), it will bring them up so you can deal with them.
Does not process negatives: The unconscious absorbs pictures rather than words. So if you say, “I don’t want to procrastinate,” the unconscious generates a picture of you procrastinating. Switching that picture from the negative to the positive takes an extra step. Better to tell your unconscious, “Let’s get to work!”
Makes associations and learns quickly: To protect you, the unconscious stays alert and tries to glean the lessons from each experience. For example, if you had a bad experience in school, your unconscious may choose to lump all of your learning experiences into the “this is not going to be fun” category. It will signal you with sweaty palms and anxiety whenever you attempt something new. But if you do well in sports, your unconscious will remember that “sports equals success” and you’ll feel positive and energized whenever physical activity comes up. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/focus-forgiveness/201307/conscious-the-unconscious
Q. Is hypnotherapy safe?
A. People who experience schizophrenia, dementia, psychotic episodes or similar psychological challenges should consult their medical professional, or contact Peter Zapfella to discuss individual circumstances. He has successfully worked with many people who suffer from schizophrenia and bi-polar over the years.
Q. Is NLP and hypnosis safe for pregnant women?
A. Peter has worked with many pregnant women in one-on-one therapy sessions over many years, without any negative side-effects.
Q. Will hypnosis change my personality and make me different?
A. Therapy is designed to safely assist your own unconscious mind to make positive changes in your life. Therapy facilitates the changes you consciously choose to make in your life, so you are always in control.
Q. Does Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Emotional Alignment Therapy work for everyone?
A. While of course there are exceptions to every rule, the simple answer is – yes in most cases.
Q. Is Peter Zapfella also a doctor of medicine and licensed psychologist?
A. Peter Zapfella is a professional psychotherapist who does not claim to be either a doctor of medicine or licensed psychologist.
Q. Does it work if I fall asleep while listening?
A. Your unconscious is gathering information from the outside world all the time, day and night. Therapy is designed for your unconscious mind to listen and learn. If you are awake or asleep your unconscious is able to listen and respond.
However, when we are awake our conscious mind is active, and to some extent it distracts the unconscious mind too. When we are free from distractions a hypnotic trance can better facilitate positive change.
Q. How long does it take to get results?
A. NLP and Emotional Alignment Therapy usually work almost immediately for most people. Hypnotherapy usually needs repeated listening sessions over a period of time. The number of sessions required for change depends on a number of factors, including the past experiences and attitudes of the person listening, local environmental distractions, the over riding emotional state of the listener etc.
Peter may provide you with Advanced Hypnotherapy MP3’s so you can listen at home following your session. The more you listen the better.
NLP ‘Power No’, ‘Power Yes’, ‘Power Health’, ‘Power Confidence’, ‘Power Happiness’, ‘Zap Away’,’ Zap Toward’ and ‘Self Esteem Building’ methods are ‘doing’ processes. To be effective you will listen to the MP3’s provided and ‘do’ the processes in the mind. It takes 100 per cent focus and commitment.
Q. Can I book an online Skype session with Peter Zapfella?
A. You can choose to have a professional hypnotherapy session in the privacy and comfort of your own home. Peter Zapfella is available to conduct one-on-one therapies with you, via Skype – wherever you may be in the world. Go to www.skype.com/intl/en/try-for-free/ and download for FREE. Then Add Contact Peter Zapfella. Send an email message to let Peter Zapfella know.
- * Confirmed by Way-Back Machine.
- CYBER-BAND is a Registered Trade Mark by Peter Zapfella and Coral.A.Conrad
- TIMELINE THERAPY is a Registered Trade Mark of Tad James.