What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a form of deep relaxation and focused awareness. The hypnosis acts as your teacher, using hypnosis to bring about changes in thinking and behavior you desire.
What does a hypnotist do?
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The hypnotist merely guides you through the process. With practice, you should be able to learn to relax and make positive suggestions to yourself.
Will I do something against my will?
No one can make you to do anything against your will when you are hypnotized. You are always in control. You will only accept suggestions that would be beneficial to you.
What is it like to be hypnotized?
It is less mysterious than popular media would suggest. Rather than a weird somnolent trance, hypnosis is more like being absorbed in a book or movie. You probably go in and out of this state every day.
What is hypnosis used for?
Hypnosis can reduce anxiety, fear, stress, pain - without the use of drugs. Hypnosis has helped people who want to quit smoking or stop overeating, two risk factors for heart disease. It can help people control arthritis pain, diabetes, migraine headaches, high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, side effects of cancer treatments, stomach ulcers, skin conditions, addictions and many other conditions.
Pregnant women may use hypnosis to control morning sickness and reduce discomfort during the birthing process.
How many sessions will I need?
This depends on why you are coming. Frequently, smoking cessation only requires one or two sessions. Weight loss, stress management, sleep issues, etc, may take three, five or even seven sessions. Commit to yourself that you will follow the program to the end and be flexible. We will discuss your program at the end of each session. Session packages are available at a discount.
Generally, you will be working with me for 1-5 sessions.
This is not psychotherapy. Frequently, you may find that an
occasional tune up will help you with changing your behavior for the long term.
What? I have to do homework?
Yes. You may be asked to listen to a hypnosis CD every day, write affirmations, keep a journal, etc, between your sessions to reinforce the work you have done in the sessions. The cost of the CD is included in your fee.
Why might I need a doctors referral?
Hypnotists cannot and do not diagnose or treat disease. So, for example, anxiety and depression are considered diseases, so the hypnotist does not treat anxiety or depression. Your doctor gives you a referral or hypnosis sessions to help you with the stress underlying and/or resulting from anxiety or depression. Does it work? Absolutely.
How do I get a doctors referral?
A standardized form can be emailed, mailed or faxed to you or directly to your doctor for signature.
Tell me more about hypnosis and weight loss, please.
Hypnotist, Paul McKenna spoke with Dr. Oz in June 2011. Hypnosis and Weight Loss, Part 1
There are 4 parts to this episode. Watch all of them; you will learn so much about what the two of us can do together to help you lose the weight you want to lose and KEEP it off.
Do I always need a doctors referral?
No. Hypnosis to help you quit smoking, lose weight, manage stress, study more productively, or be a better tennis player, etc. do not require a doctors referral. Hypnosis for stress underlying a disease may need a referral. Just ask about it.
Can sessions be done by telephone?
Absolutely. As a matter of fact, some clients prefer hypnosis by phone. The price is same as an in-office session. More information is on the Hypnosis by Phone page.
Will my insurance pay for hypnosis?
Unlikely. Some insurance companies will reimburse smoking cessation program, but all insurance companies are different. Check with yours. Keep in mind that smoking costs money so it helps to have a financial incentive to quit. Do the math!
You will probably have reimbursed yourself in one to three months.
Do you take credit cards?
Visa and MasterCard.
Can I deduct my sessions on taxes?
Sometimes. Talk to your accountant.
What about Confidentiality?
Your sessions are private. What we discuss in session is confidential. Hypnotists are bound by the same HIPAA laws as other health practitioners. Confidentiality is maintained in all but the most exceptional circumstances: legal action or legal requirement (criminal or civil court cases where a court order is made demanding disclosure), or where there is good cause to believe that not to disclose would cause danger of serious harm to the client or others. Any action is discussed with the client first.