Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a natural state of awareness with numerous benefits! Hypnosis is so natural; we do it all the time.

Have you ever been driving on the freeway, listening to your favorite song? Your are so in-tune with the song, as it brings out positive memories of a person or a special event in your past that you totally “zone out” and totally blew by your exit. Another example, you place yourself into Hypnosis is watching a TV show or movie, daydreaming, or reading a book that holds your interest. You are so focused on what you are doing that you do not pay attention to your physical surroundings.

 For a more in depth view of hypnosis see my blog post here.

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a complementary and adjunctive therapy that utilizes the power of positive suggestion to bring about a subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Hypnotherapy is a cooperative process between hypnotherapist and co-therapist (client).

The process itself aims to alter our state of consciousness in a way that relaxes the conscious part of the mind while simultaneously stimulating and focusing the subconscious mind to the desired outcome. This heightened state of awareness is reached using skilled relaxation techniques and verbal communication during hypnosis.

What’s the benefits of hypnotherapy?

 The clinical aspects of hypnotherapy are numerous. The key is your willingness and desire for positive change. From smoking, nail biting, weight control, healthy eating, improve work performance, better memorization, sports performance, boost self-confidence and achieving goals, phobias, compulsions, emotional problems, sleep problems, inhibitions, anxiety, depression, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, stomach problems, IBS, obstetrics (painless childbirth), skin problems, pain management, minor surgery, dentistry, arthritic pains, aches and pains, just to name a few. What you can conceive and believe, you can achieve with the help of hypnosis. Change the way you think, change your life

Does it Work?

Yes. A survey of psychotherapy literature by Alfred A. Barrios, Ph.D. revealed the following recovery rates:

Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions
Behaviour Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions
Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions

How does it work?

During the session you are in a very relaxed state where your conscious mind is relaxed and allows the ability to address your subconscious mind where positive beliefs replace negative beliefs. Your subconscious also becomes responsive to positive ideas.

What does it feel like to be hypnotized?

Hypnosis is a relaxed state that varies from person to person. A few minutes in hypnosis may feel like you had a very pleasant nap or it may feel like you are daydreaming or when you are so absorbed by something that you forget your surroundings and time. We all experience it every night just before we fall asleep and our mind rests. Hypnosis however, is a very personal and individual experience as everyone has different levels of hypnosis. Some just feel completely relaxed and at peace. They are in an almost dream-like state. Others might even feel they are almost weightless or so heavy that they can’t move. You will feel rested, refreshed and relaxed.

 Can I do anything or say anything in hypnosis?

 When you are hypnotized you are fully conscious, fully aware, you will never say something you would not want to say, you will no do something that you would not want to do and you will remember the entire session when it is complete. Your ego protects you from divulging things you do not want people to know.

Can I get stuck in hypnosis?

No, at anytime during a session, you want you can simply just open your eyes, get up out of the chair and walk out the door. You are in complete control. Of course that would not be beneficial to why you are seeing me.

Can I be Hypnotized?

Anyone who wants to be hypnotized can be hypnotized. If you want to experience hypnosis all you need to do is follow some simple instructions and be an active participant. All hypnosis is self hypnosis.
However some people enter hypnosis more easily than others. People who can quickly shut out external stimuli and easily shift thinking strategies from the left brain hemisphere to the right enter hypnosis more easily.

Do you accept insurance?

I do not personally accept insurance, but many insurance companies do allow the ability to file a claim for reimbursement for a hypnotherapy session.

100% IRS tax credit for Smoking and weight loss

Tax laws passed for 2003 on-wards mean you can get a tax credit of your out-of-pocket expense for tobacco cessation–cigarettes, pipe, cigar and chewing tobacco. You can also be receive 100% Tax Credit for out-of-pocket expense  for weight loss programs if you were advised by a physician to lose weight.

This is a tax credit – not a tax deduction, so that means 100% credit for your out-of-pocket expenses!

To claim the tax credit, complete Form 8885, Health Coverage Tax Credit, and attach it to your Form 1040 or Form 1040NR. Report the credit on Form 1040, line 67, or Form 1040NR, line 62, and check box c. You cannot claim the credit on Form 1040A or Form 1040EZ.

You must attach invoices and proof of payment for any amounts you include on line 2 of Form 8885 for which you did not receive an advance payment. If you file your return electronically, attach the invoices and proof of payment to your Form 8453. Proof of payment may include a pay stub if insurance is through a spouse’s employment, a bank check, or bank statement for premiums that are automatically deducted from your account.

If you claim this tax credit, you cannot take the same expenses that you use to figure your health coverage tax credit into account in determining your:

Medical and dental expenses on Schedule A (Form 1040)

Self-employed health insurance deduction, or

Archer Medical Savings Account (MSA) distributions.

What happens in a hypnotherapy session?

In the first session, you will fill out an intake form and we will talk about the issue you want to focus on and what your goal is. We will talk about hypnosis and how the mind works. We will develop suggests for your goal, what you need to believe in yourself to achieve your goal, a action step to achieve your goal, and some guided imagery completing your goal and how you will feel after your goal has been achieved. Then I will induce hypnosis and you will be in a very relaxed hypnotic state and make suggestions to your subconscious mind. Count you out of hypnosis, and discuss the session. The session will be recorded for you to listen to in between sessions to help in the reprogramming of your mind. In the following sessions, depending on your situation, I will guide you in freeing up any blocks you may have that are keeping you from achieving your goals.

 

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