Frequently Asked Questions
- Is there a difference between a Hypnotist and a Hypnotherapist?
NO. Some professionals prefer one title over another.
- Do I need to go to a psychologist or psychiatrist to receive
No. We are thoroughly trained with several recognized international associations. We received and continue to
receive many hours of classroom training and have many years of experience.
- How are you different than other hypnotherapists?
We offer a service that is tailored to your needs. No cookie-cutter approach to working with clients. Also when
it is appropriate, we have the distinct advantage of combining gentle, hands-on physical therapy called
Ortho-Bionomy® with any Hypnosis or relaxation techniques.
People enter a progressive state of relaxation to minimize the critical part of their conscious mind (or the
familiar mind talk) and use the powerful sub-conscious mind to help bring changes to their mind and body. The
result is to use the whole mind (conscious and sub-conscious together) to achieve goals and specific outcomes.
- What happens in a session?
Sessions last from 1-2 hours. The first part is used to assess what your needs and goals are and answer any
question. The second part is used to conduct the hypnosis session and suggest any activities to do between
- What does Hypnosis feel like?
The state of Hypnosis feels different for everyone. There are common trends however, because it is a
natural, familiar state of our everyday lives. For many it may feel similar to the early
moments of the day upon waking up from sleep or like the hazy feeling as sleep overcomes you at
night. It could resemble the focused concentration you experience sometimes when watching TV or a
great movie, or when reading a good book, or when driving your car to a very familiar destination and getting there
on "auto-pilot". Most often, it is a very relaxing, pleasant, enjoyable experience, in which you have an
opportunity to let go of stress and any cares of your busy life.
Anyone who has a reasonable intelligence and can follow instructions.
- Will the Hypnotist take over my mind?
Absolutely not! No one can force you to do anything against your will with hypnosis. Did you know, you
can actually lie under hypnosis!
- I am strong willed. What if I can’t be Hypnotized?
If you can understand and follow instructions, you can be hypnotized. Hypnosis is one of the names
given to a natural state of mind that everyone achieves at different times of the day. All of us “go into Hypnosis”
at several occasions throughout the day: In the process of falling asleep, and waking from sleep, when
driving to work or back home, when getting lost in a good book, when watching an engaging movie or TV
It happens so often; we don’t notice it or name it anymore. The task of the Hypnosis expert during the session
is to harness this normal event, help you recognize it, and use it to help you achieve your goals and to
improve your life. We often teach you also how to access this state and use it to your advantage for the rest of
- What if I don’t go very deep into Hypnosis?
Depth has nothing to do with how effective the technique is. Many people actually seem to benefit more from
lighter to mid-range level of relaxation.
- What if I fall asleep during a session?
We are very good at monitering your depth of relaxation so we can gently keep you at a level that’s appropriate.
If you do slip into deep sleep, remember that the sub-conscious mind never sleeps (it is never turned off)so that
part of your mind hears the words and continue working so you will still benefit from the
- Will I give up all my secrets?
NO. Hypnosis does not cause a compulsion to "tell it all" nor is it a truth serum. In most sessions there is no
need for you to talk, but just relax and listen to the hypnotist's suggestions, which are based on your input.
- What if I get stuck or can’t wake up?
It is impossible get "stuck" in hypnosis. This is a myth that movies have been exploiting for years. You
can generally bring yourself to a fully awake stage WHENEVER you want. Someone who relaxes very deeply may drift
into sleep and, if no one awakens them, they would eventually awaken on their own.
- Will I remember what happens during the session?
Most people do remember all or most of the session. Some deep level clients (only 8% of the population) feel
like they have slept and are therefore unaware of what was said, although the subconscious mind never sleeps and
hears it all. If you are anxious about the content of the session, all private sessions are recorded and you
receive a free copy for your own reinforcement practice.
- Can Hypnotherapy be dangerous? Are there any side effects?
Hypnosis with a skilled therapist is completely safe and there are no side effects.
- Is Hypnosis Anti-Christian or Anti-Religious?
No. There is no mind control. There is no one telling you what to believe. There is only peaceful relaxation
with helpful instructions to help you attain your life goals, followed by a feeling of empowerment.