Frequently Asked Questions about Hypnotherapy
How does hypnotherapy work?
Hypnotherapy feels like a relaxing guided meditation. Guided imagery and suggestions bring you into a deep state of relaxation so that any beliefs/thoughts that you wish to clear can accessed by the subconscious.
The hypnotherapist then uses suggestions to create new positive associations to remove the negative thought patterns.
You are always fully in control during hypnosis, and you would never do anything your conscious mind does not choose for you.
What does a session look like?
Each session is about 75 minutes long (more or less). We explore what habits/thoughts/fears you wish to release and your goal for seeking hypnotherapy.
We discuss what types of relaxation you enjoy so that I can incorporate these into the hypnosis script itself. We do life coaching for the first 45 minutes, and the actual hypnotherapy portion lasts about 25 minutes.
For more on how I work in general, you can view more frequently-asked questions.
Can anyone be hypnotized?
Almost everyone can be hypnotized. In fact, we go in and out of light hypnosis (driving, watching TV) all the time!
What do I do in between sessions?
In between sessions, you are encouraged to practice your own self-hypnosis daily if possible (especially in the beginning). If you like, I can teach you how to do self-hypnosis. You will also be provided with various writing tools to work on as part of the coaching portion of behavior modifications and goal-setting. You will be given a link to listen to guided hypnotherapy meditations I provide you as well.
How often should sessions be done? How many sessions will I need?
This varies from person to person. Generally, I recommend between 4-7 sessions, although you could find that you might benefit from just 2-3 or maybe you will need 8-9. I like to have the first two sessions occur within a week of each other, and then the following sessions ideally between 1-2 weeks apart, but this can be adjusted depending on your schedule and budget.
Can't I just listen to self-hypnosis recordings and not see a hypnotherapist?
Yes of course! This might help to a certain extent. However, hypnosis recordings on their own are not proven to be as effective as working with a hypnotherapist. Part of our work together involves behavior modification plans, goal-setting, strategies around stress reduction and mindfulness, accountability, encouragement and support.
I also provide additional writing tools to process and work through the subconscious limiting beliefs at a more conscious level. In addition, over a period of weeks, you work through various issues and then move onto new areas of growth. Hypnotherapists create scripts tailored specifically to you each time you meet.
How will I know if it worked?
There are many factors to the success of hypnosis. Part of the hypnotherapy includes behavior modifications and coaching tools you agree to work on in between each session and self-hypnosis. We will work together on your goals and come up with a plan for you!