Hypnosis is a change in brain waves characterized by extreme suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination. In reality, it is more like daydreaming or the feeling of "zoning out" while reading a good book or watching your favorite movie. You are fully conscious but your mind tunes out most of the stimuli around you. Essentially, it is a way to access the subconscious mind so suggested positive change(s) can occur more easily.
Hypnotherapy is a hypnosis session with verbal programming added. You can be put into hypnosis with no objective and this would simply be hypnosis. However, when programming is added to achieve a certain objective or goal (e.g., weight loss, to gain more self-confidence, rid one's self of anxiety, etc.), then the session is hypnotherapy.
Being wide awake with your eyes closed or falling asleep during your hypnosis session is completely normal. Your hearing is a sense that never stops or turns off, so either way you will be aware of what is being said. What is important are the brain waves that change. This occurs naturally throughout the day from waking to sleep and everything in between, and coaxing one's mind from a state of Beta waves deeper into Alpha and/or Theta is what helps to induce a state of suggestibility.
Hypnosis may have physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and, at times, financial benefits. It simply enables a client to focus her attention on a specific goal, and the language used during each session merely helps to increase that individual's suggestibility to reach that milestone.
There are many things that can be done to increase one's comfort in a hypnotherapy session. Preferred methods may be to arrive to your appointment 15 minutes early to unwind / breathe, the hypnotherapist incorporating breathing techniques into the session, dimming the lights, lying down on a couch or yoga mat, using incense / candles, having a pillow and blanket on hand to retain body warmth and using specific background music to help induce hypnosis and a state of relaxation.
Hypnosis may be used by anyone but is not a substitute for any form of professional medical care that requires in-patient treatment or any form of medication / surgery. Hypnotherapy is a holistic service that is meant to compliment medical and psychological healing services. You should always seek the advice of a doctor if you have a medical condition; however, hypnosis can be utilized to address one's mindset and any goal to create positive change.
No, medication is not used at any point to induce hypnosis. Medication should only be prescribed by a doctor who is licensed in their state to do so.
Anyone of any age who wishes to change their thoughts, feelings, decisions, actions and beliefs for the better is a good candidate for hypnosis / hypnotherapy.
No. The subconscious mind is the focus of hypnotherapy and there is no age associated with that part of your being. Hypnosis can be used safely for people of any age. An adult has the ability to be as suggestable as a child and vice versa.
Each Client signs a commitment Contract for an initial period of 3-6 weekly sessions. The terms and conditions are tailored to suit the individual's goals, which are discussed in the introductory session. Each individual may choose to extend their participation in additional 3-week increments.
A client will be seen 3-6 times on average and a part of your weekly "homework" will be to listen to a recording before bed each night for at least 21 days / 3 weeks. This is the length of time research indicates it takes someone to establish a new habit. Listening to a recording is part of creating your new positive mindset and only one topic will be worked on at a time (e.g., anxiety, finances, confidence, etc.) during each 3-week period.
Yes. That being said, you should focus on one hypnosis recording topic at a time to see the best results. You can also use other forms of therapy such as relaxation techniques, cognitive-behavioral therapy, meditation, acupuncture, etc.
NLP are techniques used with a client that stem from the combined study of:
An NLP Practitioner use exercises with a client such as :
Created in the 1970s by Dr. Richard Bandler and John Grinder, NLP is a meta discipline that strives to influence brain behavior through the utilization of language / various techniques to help rewire how a client responds to certain stimuli in order to manifest new positive reactions and achieve specific goals. NLP was established in order to create new ways of understanding how verbal and non-verbal communication affect the human brain. By working with an NLP Practitioner, a client is enabled to not only communicate better with others, but also learn how to gain more control over what one considers to be automatic functions of human neurology.
This is completed when an appointment is booked. Payment is collected online via my website prior to each session, before services are rendered. This applies both to working together online and in person.
In order to manage expectations, there is a Contract signed between client and practitioner (via DocuSign) that annotates cost, a set amount of sessions, meeting frequency, email communications, any additional requested communications (phone calls), etc.
Guidelines are to be clear up front.
* Please note that if a check bounces there will be a $35 NSF fee charged to the client, and payment is due within 7 days of notifying a client in writing of nonsufficient funds.
** All payments are final.
I do not work directly with insurance companies and will most likely qualify as an out-of-network provider.
Due to the fact that every individual has a potentially different insurance company from that of the next client, the best way to find out how much is covered is to call your insurance provider and ask the following questions:
A client should speak with their provider prior to purchasing services, especially if that is a primary factor in one's participation.
Please keep in mind that notifying an insurance company of any session is the responsibility of the client, as is following up with any reimbursement.
Regulations and timeline for reimbursement will vary by provider and will be dependent upon the agency's established procedures / protocols, which are not dictated by my office.
Clients are expected to call at least 24 hours prior to their appointment to make any changes. Rescheduling should take place within the same week if at all possible and can also been done online through the website (which is time-stamped) if that is easier for the client. Should a client fail to reschedule within 24 hours or reschedules the same appointment two or more times within any 24-hour time frame prior to meeting, he / she will incur a $50 fee in addition to the regular cost of the session.
Appointments are to be done consistently on a weekly basis for 3-6 sessions, so any extended lapse in time between appointments may slow one's progress.
Should a client fail to show for an appointment, he / she will be charged the full price of each missed session.
A client's file / information will never be shared with, or sold to, external sources or third parties. Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and practitioner. It goes without saying that a high degree of trust and rapport is required in order to discuss sensitive subject matter that is typically not discussed outside this setting.
Note: State law and professional ethics requires therapists to maintain confidentiality, except for the following situations: