Frequently Asked Questions

+ What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is natural and normal state of being that we all enter and exit multiple times each day. It is a state involving focused attention, reduced peripheral awareness, a fuller access to our imagination and an enhanced capacity to respond to suggestion. The best way to understand this first hand is by watching a loved one when they are fully engrossed in a television show or a movie.
As you watch them, notice how:

  • The body is loose and relaxed.
  • Breathing has become slower and more shallow.
  • Their gaze is fixed on the screen.
  • The body physically reacts to the plot or storyline.
  • Minor noises and distractions have little to no effect on them.
  • When questioned they'll respond, but may or may not remember doing so.

This is a basic form of hypnotic trance. Primarily, my sessions work within this depth of hypnosis or at even deeper levels.

+ How is hypnosis useful?

Hypnosis assists the client in engaging and initiating change by tapping into imagination, visiualizatin and the power of suggestion. Reasons for a hypnosis session might include:

  • Forming, changing, or eliminating habits.
  • Relieving symptoms brought on by anxiety and stress.
  • Relieving symptoms brought on by fears or phobias.
  • Releasing emotional attachments to items or events.
  • Enhancing creativity.
  • Setting and achieving goals.
  • Creating and enhancing one's well-being.
  • Gaining different perspectives.
  • Exploring personal beliefs.
  • Connecting to one’s inner wisdom.

+ Is hypnosis shown on the TV or in movies accurate?

The representation of hypnosis on TV or in the movies makes for great storylines but is not always an accurate representation. Most often hypnosis is falsly depicted as a means to cause a person to act against their will. While there has been much improvement, the entertainment industry still has a ways to go in creating an authentic and accurate portrayal.

Portrayal vs REALITY

  • Portrayal - The client has no contol while under hypnosis.
    REALITY - The client is always in control and can stop the session at any time.
  • Portrayal - Hypnosis can be used to make someone act crazy or do something completely opposite of their personality.
    REALITY - A client cannot do, say, or experience anything under hypnosis that he or she would not be willing to do, say, or experience in everyday life.
  • Portrayal - A keyword inserted during a hypnosis session will trigger a client to act in a certain manner.
    REALITY - A keyword, trigger or suggestion will fade unless accepted by the client and used consistently.
  • Portrayal - Hypnosis is used to erase bad or painful memories.
    REALITY - Hypnosis does not remove memories; however, it can ease painful emotions by working through them in a therapeutic manner.

+ What about stage hypnosis?

Stage hypnotists are fun to watch and can be very charismatic. While highly entertaining, stage hypnosis does not represent the work of a hypnotherapist or consulting hypnotist. A few points to consider about stage hypnosis:

  • Stage hypnotists work the crowd before inviting participants on stage.
  • Audience suggestibility testing is used to identify and select highly suggestible and playful audience members to participate.
  • Even though highly suggestible, each participant has their own threshold as to how far and how long they are willing to perform.
  • The stage hypnotist continues to raise the performance factor while keeping a close eye on each participant for signs of disinterest.
  • A good stage hypnotist will ask participants to leave the stage at the first sign of disinterest.

+ What are some of the biggest misconceptions around hypnosis?

I have compiled a list of some of the more common misconceptions that I have heard about hypnosis. Hopefully this list will alleviate any fear or apprehension in scheduling a hypnosis session. I hope this helps in determining whether hypnosis is right for you.

  • Hypnosis is something that is done to the client.
    All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The client is actually putting him or herself into trance using breathing and relaxation techniques. The hypnotherapist is only a facilitator that guides the client into deeper relaxation.
  • The client is asleep and unaware of what is happening while under hypnosis.
    The client is completely aware and at times hyper aware of everything being discussed or worked through.
  • Hypnosis will turn off the conscious mind.
    The conscious mind will continue to have thoughts arise during the session. Both client and hypnotherapist will use techniques to quiet or even ignore the conscious mind; however, it does not turn off.
  • The client is not hypnotized because he or she is aware of all that is happening during the session.
    There are levels of hypnosis. In most cases the client is fully aware and will remember everything that occurs during a session.
  • The client has no control.
    The client has the ability to end the session at any time he or she chooses. Likewise, the client will not experience, do or say anything that they would not experience do or say in everyday life.
  • The client has to remain perfectly still during trance.
    The client is welcome to move, stretch, get comfortable, yawn, laugh, and cry, all while in trance. During long sessions if the client needs to use the toilet, he or she is able to do so and return into trance easily.
  • The client will stay at the same level of trance throughout the session.
    The level of trance is fluid and looks similar to a sound or light wave. The client will ride this wave between states throughout the session. If the client feels that he or she is not deep enough, it is permissible to ask the practitioner to help in deepening the client.
  • The client is making up the information received.
    All information is received through the mind using the imagination. Imagination is key in connecting to our subconscious and our highest wisdom. It is important the client not dismiss any thought, memory, feeling, vision, sound, or taste that presents itself during a session.
  • I don’t see anything, I must not be hypnotized.
    The information received through hypnosis can seem like a thought, emotion, or memory. It may also present as an inner knowing, a feeling, a sensing, as well a vision, a noise, a taste, or a scent.
  • One session, hypnosis will automatically make me ___!
    While lasting change does happen with hypnosis, one session cannot undo years of conditioning. It may take multiple sessions for one’s habits, practices and beliefs to alter and follow up sessions are highly recommended. Most importantly, it is the client’s desire and determination for change that is essential for success.

+ How is information received?

As state above information received during a hypnosis is through the imagination, and while it may feel made up, the information is received as real to the subconscious.
From most common to least, the client will receive information in the following ways:

  • Knowing that something just is.
  • Feeling the sensation of an emotion.
  • Seeing as if in a memory.
  • Hearing as if a song playing in one’s head or an inner voice.
  • Smelling like a lingering memory of a familiar scent.
  • Tasting like a lingering memory of a familiar taste.

Types of Hypnosis used in my Practice

+ Trans-personal hypnosis

Trans-personal hypnosis is both interactive and suggestive. I involve the client throughout the hypnosis process, using input received during the interview, I tailor the sesson specifically to the client's issue or goal.

An outline of a typical session:

  • The client and I discuss issues, goals, and expectations. We address any questions the client may have and set an intention for the session.
  • I assist the client into the hypnotic state.
  • While in trance, the client is asked to visualize and work through therapeutic exercises related to the intention set. I may offer previously agreed upon suggestions to the subconscious using neurolinguistics to achieve goal set.
  • I assist client in emerging from trance
  • The client and I review the session, schedule homework, and review any questions
  • As needed, we will schedule a follow up appointment.

+ Regression Hypnosis

  • Current Life Regression helps the client to connect to an earlier period or significant event in order to gain insight or to access, address and release an issue related to the time or event.
  • Womb Regression connects the client to right before their were born. Reasons for this type of hypnosis would be to determine life purpose, access strengths, as as well as gaining insight and understanding to certain related life questions or issues.
  • Past Life Regression is an exercise in perspective that can be useful if the client is in need of clarity or another way of seeing an issue. It can also be an exploratory session in which a client is able to access an alternate reality or lifetime.

While there are variations, a typical outline of a regression session may look like this:

  • The client and I discuss goals and expectations as well as address any questions the client may have and set an intention for the session.
  • I assist the client into the hypnotic state.
  • I will regress the client back through time.
  • While in trance, I assist the client through the targeted experience and may employ therapeutic exerces, if necessary.
  • I assist client in emerging from trance
  • We review the session and I answer any questions the client may have.

+ Spiritual Hypnosis

Spiritual hypnosis does not have a set outline. I incorporates multiple modalities,including transpersonal, regression, and quantum hypnosis techniques. I connect the client to the most appropriate wisdom they require at the time of their session. The client may connect to their guides, council or collective. They may access higher aspects of themselves, their loved ones currently incarnated or ones who have already passed. I am always surprised and enlightened by these sessions.

An outline of a typical session:

  • The client and I discuss goals and expectations. We review the list of questions or concerns the client brought to be addressed, and set our intention for the session.
  • I assist the client into the hypnotic state.
  • I ask that the client’s team to connect and assist us through the session.
  • While in trance, we access the most appropriate experience for the client.
  • I assist the client through the experience and may employ therapeutic exerces, if necessary.
  • We address list of questions and concerns with the spiritual team.
  • I assist client in emerging from trance
  • We review the session and I answer any questions the client may have.

Client Suggestions for an effective Session

+ As a client, how do I ensure my sessions are effective and enjoyable?

  • Mediation: At least 10-15 minutes per day for a week before your regression or spiritual hypnosis session. There are many meditations on YouTube. You may want to search for a 10-minute guided meditation. Find one that appeals to you and read the reviews.
  • Media: Limit TV, internet, social media, and radio. Focusing our attention on news that riles, depresses, and angers affects our minds and emotions. Gift yourself the freedom to unplug.
  • Caffeine: Limit beverages that contain caffeine. Caffeine can limit the depth of the trance state. However, if you are a heavy user do not avoid caffeine entirely. Doing so can result in headaches which interfere with your ability to achieve the hypnotic state.
  • Prescription Medication: Continue to take your medication as directed by your physician. You should have no issue reaching a trance state while on the medication that you take every day.
  • OTC and non-prescription drugs: Use your best discretion in using these medications. Aches and pains can interfere with one’s ability to reach the trace state.
  • Illegal and illicit drugs: Do not arrive at your appointment under the influence of illegal and illicit drugs. They will not enhance your experience and can in fact hinder your ability to connect. Please avoid using at least 24 hours prior to your session.
  • Alcohol: It is best to avoid drinking alcoholic beverages at least 24 hours prior to your session. Arriving to a session drunk or hung over hinders your ability to access the trance state.
  • Friends and Family: To avoid distraction, I do not allow anyone other than my client in my office during a hypnosis session. Friends and family are always welcome use the waiting room.
  • Questions: (Womb, Past Life Regression, Spiritual Hypnosis): Have your questions neatly printed or typed before you arrive.
  • Water: Bring water. All sessions last one or more hours and being hydrated is very important in this type of work.
  • Voice: This is your greatest asset. If, while in trance, you need to use the toilet, feel you are not as deep as you need to be, if you are cold or uncomfortable, please speak up as soon as possible. The sooner we address any issue you may have, the sooner we can continue with our session.