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How will I feel when I am hypnotized?

Deborah Smith in hypnosis session

Clients report a wonderful feeling of deep peace and overall wellness and contentment when they emerge from hypnotic rest. There may be a need to swallow more frequently and some people notice a slight fluttering of their eyelids. This is likened to a period of REM (rapid eye movement) in the dream state, when the creative mind awakens. Hypnosis, though, is not sleep nor will you lose consciousness in any way. At times there may be a feeling of lightness, a sensation of pleasant buoyancy, or a relaxed heaviness. Breathing and heart rate may slow down and the body temperature may drop slightly as complete relaxation is achieved. A light blanket will be offered for comfort. Hypnosis is a feeling of enjoyable relaxation and a time of heightened focus toward achieving the desired goals.


Can anyone be hypnotized?

Anyone with reasonable intelligence, imagination and attention span can be hypnotized. It requires a motivation to change, a commitment to your own well being and a determination to take charge of your life. No one can be hypnotized against their will. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. It is much like daydreaming and you have actually hypnotized yourself many times before. If a client decides not to be hypnotized, for whatever reason, the desired state of hypnosis will never be achieved. The act of making changes in one’s life involves YOUR power. The hypnotist serves only as a guide in that process.



Will I reveal any secrets or act in a way I would not act otherwise?

NO. There is no surrender of mind or control, and you will not do or say anything that conflicts with your own personal standards of ethics and behavior. You are never out of control, and you are aware of all suggestions given to you and will remember what occurs.



Can I get “stuck” in the state of hypnosis?

NO. It would be impossible to remain in a state of hypnosis beyond the time it is purposely sustained. You are in control. Even if the hypnotist were to leave the room, you would simply continue to rest for a few moments and would then bring yourself out of hypnosis easily.



What is Complementary Medical Hypnosis?

Complimentary Medical Hypnosis will normally require a licensed medical care provider’s referral. Hypnosis has often proven itself to be a highly effective complementary intervention in cases of challenging physical conditions such as burns, cancer support, chronic fatigue, hypertension, fibromyalgia, IBS, migraines and headaches, and pain management.It is also very effective in relieving anxiety for surgery and medical/dental procedures and in enhancing post-surgical recovery.

Hypnosis can create the all-important positive attitude and expectation for healing by changing one’s perception of the challenge through suggestion. Medical hypnosis can be contraindicated if the client has a history of schizophrenia or other diagnosed disorders such as bipolar, epilepsy and chronic depression. Especially in those, and some other instances, certain factors and/or prescribed medications can interfere with the effectiveness of hypnosis. So it is essential that those conditions and medications be noted when calling for an appointment and that a professional referral be received before treatment is begun. A referral request can be sent or faxed from our office to your attending medical care provider.



If I think I am falling asleep before my session tapes finish at night, am I getting the full benefit of reinforcement ?

Yes. It is essential that the session tapes be listened to regularly to reinforce the positive and beneficial suggestions given. The subconscious mind must be "retrained" to accept new ways of thinking and the now desired perceptions. Otherwise, there will be no long-lasting change. A revised habit of thinking must be established and dominant cellular patterns and connections disrupted as new ones are formed.

In fact, even though you may think that you are falling asleep before the tape finishes at night, you probably are not. You will not enter the Delta brain wave pattern of sleep until about 30 minutes after you retire for the night. Your mind must first relax into two other brain wave patterns - Alpha and Theta activity - and it will take a short while to "wind down." The Alpha and Theta brain wave patterns afford the time of greatest suggestibility, as opposed to your waking Beta and Delta sleep patterns. Therefore, you are listening to your new suggestions at exactly the optimum time, as you move from waking consciousness into your most relaxed, creative and hypersuggestible patterns. Even though you don't consciously hear what is being said on the tape, your subconscious mind is listening intently and carrying the new thoughts into your sleep and REM dream time. You may even notice certain themes or insights in your dreams that relate to these new suggestions. Journalling can be interesting and informative.



What is the cost of hypnosis sessions and how many sessions are required to achieve the results I desire?

The initial intake session will be approximately 1-1/2 hours, with subsequent sessions lasting 1 hour. A complete client history will be documented, goals set, and a session plan determined. You may be asked to participate in suggestibility evaluations that will help the hypnotist determine your “learning style". The optimal number of sessions suggested to accomplish the desired changes will vary, depending on the goals. However, a signed commitment to a minimum of three sessions, for a total cost of $450, will be required. This will be payable after the first session, or if preferred in two payments - one half after the first session and the balance after the second session. Cash, checks and VISA/MC are accepted.



Will insurance cover any costs for hypnosis?

Unfortunately at this time, most insurance carriers do not offer coverage for hypnosis performed by Certified Hypnotherapists. You can, however, confirm any available benefits with your insurance company by referencing “CPT” billing code 90880.


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