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Hypnosis Q&A

Here you'll find answers to the most common questions about hypnosis. Still have questions? Call or text me at (913) 999-5819.
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What is hypnosis?
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Hypnosis is a pleasant and relaxing state of focused attention, where beneficial suggestions can be given directly to the subconscious mind, enabling you to make positive changes. It is a science-based technique that involves learning how to use your mind and thoughts to regulate emotional distress, unpleasant physical symptoms, or break unwanted habits.
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Can anyone be hypnotized?
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Yes! While it's true that some people are more hypnotizable than others, anyone with the right attitude and motivation can enjoy the benefits of hypnosis.
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Is hypnosis safe?
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Yes. Despite what you've seen in movies, hypnosis has nothing to do with mind control or brainwashing. During hypnosis, you are awake, aware, in control, and you will hear and remember everything the hypnotherapist says.
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How many sessions do you recommend?
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Most of my clients experience benefits after just one visit. Research shows that a single-session intervention can lead to significant improvements. It also shows that those results are stronger with multiple sessions. I encourage my clients to return for reinforcement and encouragement sessions whenever they feel the support would be beneficial.
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Is there scientific evidence that hypnosis works?
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Yes. Hypnosis has been the subject of rigorous scientific studies that have established and explained its effectiveness. Hypnotherapy is now available at some of the most esteemed hospitals in the country, including UCLA, Mayo Clinic, Stanford Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, and many others.
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What happens to your brain while you're hypnotized?
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Researchers at Stanford School of Medicine found changes in three areas of the brain during hypnosis. 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 critical areas of the brain are associated with attention, emotion, empathy, memory, decision-making, and body function.
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Is hypnotherapy the same as psychotherapy?
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Hypnotherapy is not psychotherapy. Psychotherapy (which I do not provide) is the diagnosis and conversational treatment of emotional and mental disorders. Hypnotherapy (which I do provide) is the use of relaxation and suggestion to adjust habits of thought, feeling, and behavior.
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What style of hypnotherapy does Harley use?
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Ericksonian hypnotherapy, developed by Dr. Milton Erickson, is a distinctive form of hypnotherapy known for its indirect and permissive approach. It emphasizes the use of metaphors, storytelling, and ambiguous language, allowing clients to derive personal meaning and solutions. This approach respects the uniqueness of each individual, tailoring sessions to specific needs and utilizing the client's own language and experiences. Central to this method is the belief in the wisdom of the subconscious mind, guiding individuals to tap into their inner resources for healing and problem-solving.
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Should I use hypnosis in place of seeing my doctor or therapist?
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Hypnosis is considered complementary and is not a substitute for traditional medical care or counseling. I do not diagnose, prescribe, or treat any medical or psychological disorders.
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Will hypnosis work for me?
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Most of my clients achieve their goals, partly because I limit my practice to motivated people. Three elements will make hypnosis effective for you: motivation, belief, and expectation. Motivation means wanting something. Next, you must believe that it is possible to reach your goal. Finally, you must expect that change will occur. Hypnosis is less effective for those who are unmotivated or unwilling to commit to the process.
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How much does it cost?
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A one-hour hypnotherapy session costs $150. I accept cash, debit, credit, HSA cards, and FSA cards.
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Will insurance cover the cost of my sessions?
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No. Hypnotherapy is not covered by health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid. However, you can use your Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account to pay for your sessions.
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What is your cancellation fee?
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Once scheduled, your appointment time is reserved specifically for you. My full fee of $150 is charged for appointments canceled or rescheduled without 24-hour notice. No-shows will also be billed my full fee.
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Can I bring someone with me?
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There is a waiting room if you would like to bring someone with you. However, please keep in mind that your sessions are private and observers are not allowed.
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How do video sessions work?
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You can book a 1-on-1 video session from the comfort of your home. At the time of your appointment, simply join the live video call from the link in your email. It's important that you have a private, quiet place to relax during the call.
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Do you work with children?
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I work with adults and teens. Clients must be at least 13 years old to schedule a hypnotherapy session. Those under 18 are required to have a parent or legal guardian accompany them to their appointments.

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Hypnotherapy with Harley Sears
5251 W 116th Place, Suite 200
Leawood, Kansas 66211
hypnosis@harleysears.com
(913) 999-5819
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