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Frequently Asked Questions

Learn the basics of hypnosis and how it works.
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What is hypnosis?
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Hypnosis is a pleasant state of focused attention and deep relaxation during which beneficial suggestions and imagery are used to positively influence emotional and physical symptoms.
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Can I be hypnotized?
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Yes! Since hypnosis is a naturally occurring state, anyone can be hypnotized. While it's true that some people are more easily hypnotized than others, everyone is hypnotizable and responsive to suggestions.
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What does hypnosis feel like?
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During hypnosis your body relaxes and your thoughts become more focused. In this relaxed state you will feel more at ease physically, yet fully awake mentally. Your conscious mind becomes less alert, while your subconscious mind becomes more focused.
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Will I lose consciousness or fall asleep?
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No. One of the major misconceptions is that the hypnotized person will fall asleep or lose conscious awareness. During hypnosis you are always alert, aware, in control, and you hear everything the hypnotist says.
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How many sessions will I need?
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I recommend new clients start with a program of three sessions (I do not offer one session "quick fixes"). While you may experience improvements after one session, research shows that results are more pronounced with multiple visits. Appointments are typically scheduled once a week, and last an hour. I encourage my clients to return for monthly reinforcement and encouragement sessions when they feel the support would be beneficial.
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What's the difference between hypnotism and psychotherapy?
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Hypnotism is not psychotherapy. Psychotherapy (which I do not provide) is the diagnosis and conversational treatment of mental and emotional disorders. Professional hypnotism (which I do provide) is the use of relaxation and suggestion to adjust habits of thought, feeling, and behavior.
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Is there scientific evidence that hypnosis works?
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Yes. Hypnosis has been the subject of much scientific research. There have been several thousand individual studies, many meta-analysis studies, and several formal systematic studies of hypnosis by leading medical bodies.
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What happens to your brain when you're hypnotized?
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Researchers at Stanford School of Medicine found changes in three areas of the brain that occur when people are hypnotized. First, they saw a decrease in activity in the dorsal anterior cingulate. Secondly, they saw an increase in connections between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the insula. Lastly, they observed reduced connections between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the default mode network, which includes the medial prefrontal and posterior cingulate cortex. These key areas of the brain are associated with attention, emotion, empathy, memory, decision making and body function.
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Are results guaranteed?
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Most of my clients achieve their goals, largely because I limit my practice to motivated people. There are three vital elements that make hypnosis effective for you: motivation, belief, and expectation. Motivation means wanting something (be it quitting smoking or losing weight). Next you must believe that it is possible to reach your goal. Finally, you must have the expectation that change will occur. Since hypnosis is a partnership between the hypnotist and client, success depends on the skill of both participants.
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Should I use hypnosis in place of seeing my doctor or therapist?
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No. Hypnotism is considered complementary in nature and is not intended as a substitute for traditional medical care or therapy. Consulting Hypnotists deal with self-improvement issues of individuals that do not quality as medical disorders and are not serious enough to be considered psychological in nature.
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Will insurance cover the cost of my sessions?
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I suggest you think of my services as something you will pay for personally. That will both protect your privacy and help you value the work you are doing more. In general, insurance companies do not cover hypnotic services, and I caution you not to expect them to do so. I do accept health savings cards.
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Do you work with children?
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I work with adult clients only. You must be 18 years of age or older to make an appointment.
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Can I bring someone to my appointment?
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There is a waiting room if you would like to bring a friend or spouse to your appointment. However, please keep in mind that your session is private and observers are not allowed.

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