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Hypnosis FAQ

Can anyone be hypnotized?

 Anyone of average intelligence who can pay attention and follow directions can be hypnotized.

Is hypnosis dangerous, and can it cause harm?

Hypnosis is completely safe when done by a trained professional. Hypnosis is not a form of mind control or brainwashing. A hypnotherapist can not control you through the use of hypnosis. You remain in control at all times. 

Who should not undergo hypnosis:

Anyone with severe mental disorders such as psychosis, delusions, or schizophrenia and anyone who is actively using drugs and/or alcohol. 

Who has the most success with hypnosis?

People who are highly motivated to change and see results benefit from hypnosis the most. 

How does hypnosis work?

Once you are relaxed and in a hypnotic state, the doorway to the subconscious mind is opened. With your permission and consent, the hypnotist can talk directly to the subconscious mind in the language and form it best understands. This process can help bring about positive changes in your life.

What is the subconscious mind?

The subconscious part of the mind, or the “inner mind,” is like our “control panel.” It controls most of what we do in our lives. We do what our subconscious mind tells us to do.  It controls how we function on a day-to-day basis, including our automatic thoughts and behaviors.

Can hypnosis “cure” me?

No, hypnosis itself can’t “cure” you. Hypnosis is simply a tool to help facilitate healing and change. Like most things in life, only you can control whether you change.

What does hypnosis feel like?

Hypnosis feels like you are relaxed, comfortable, and peaceful but fully awake and conscious. Similar to what it feels like right before you fall asleep.

Will I be asleep?

No, you want to be awake but very relaxed during hypnosis. If you fall asleep, then you are no longer in hypnosis. If you do fall asleep, it is generally a very light sleep. If that should happen, then the hypnotist will give you a simple suggestion to wake up. It is very common to get so relaxed that your mind wanders or "dreams" even though you are awake.

I am the type of person that can’t relax. Am I still a good candidate for hypnosis?

Yes, specific techniques can be used for people who have difficulty relaxing. One does not have to be deeply relaxed for hypnosis to be effective.

Can I get stuck in hypnosis?

No, that is never possible. Hypnosis is a cooperative process and you are in control of your mind and body at all times.

Can false memories be implanted during hypnosis:

Hypnosis is very safe when performed by a professional. In rare cases, false memories can be created during hypnosis, but the hypnosis itself does not create these memories. False memories can be formed when individuals are not under hypnosis as well. Numerous factors can cause the creation of false memories, and the phenomenon can be complex.  

Can I be hypnotized against my will?

No, hypnosis requires your consent and you will need to agree to participate in the process.

Can you make me do things that I don’t want to do, like quack like a duck or bark like a dog?

No, you ultimately control all of your thoughts and behaviors during hypnosis.

Will I tell secrets while in hypnosis?

No, hypnosis is not “truth serum.” You are in complete control of everything you say and do during hypnosis.

How many sessions will I need?

The result varies. Some people see positive changes after one session. Other people need reinforcement sessions. If the issue you are working on has been a long-standing issue (longer than six months), you will likely require multiple sessions.

How do I prepare for hypnosis?

All you need to do is make sure you are comfortable. Wear comfortable clothes, make sure you are not hungry, etc. Do not consume lots of caffeine or sugar beforehand. Make sure that you do not skip medications that you regularly take daily. There is nothing else you have to do. Just enjoy the experience!

Does medical insurance cover hypnosis?

At this time, medical insurance does not cover hypnosis. This may change in the future. Many people can use flex spending or HSA accounts to pay for their sessions. You can claim your sessions as a tax deduction, depending on the issue you are working on.

How do I set up an appointment?

You can set up your appointment through this website or call or send an e-mail. Once you have set up an appointment, you will complete the Hypnosis Intake Packet and submit it one week prior to your appointment.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you cancel your appointment without providing 24-hour notice, you will be charged $100 to reschedule your appointment.