Frequently Asked Questions

What is hypnosis and how does it work?

Hypnosis uses techniques to speak directly to your subconscious mind. This is important because, though we think we make decisions consciously, decisions are actually made subconsciously, and then our conscious mind finds ways to justify the decision already made.

 

It may sound strange, but research now shows (https://www.wired.com/2008/04/mind-decision/ ) that decisions can be picked up by brain scanners, in some cases as much as seven seconds, before we consciously believe we’ve made a decision. This can explain why even when we know WHAT to do, we may not be able to get ourselves to actually do it. The part of the mind that “plans” what to do is not the same part of the mind that makes the actual decisions.


Hypnosis speaks the language of the subconscious mind. It’s like giving directions to the driver of the car instead of giving directions to a passenger. Because of that, hypnosis can work much faster than other methods of therapy or self-improvement. It gets to the root of the matter.

How long will the effects last?

In many cases the effects of hypnosis last a lifetime.  This is because we’re creating new neural pathways. Once the mind learns a better, more effective way to do something that works, it tends to keep using the new effective pattern over and over again.

How many sessions do I need?

It can from person to person and from issue to issue. Often a few sessions are required. Hypnosis is considered to be brief therapy, and issues can be resolved pretty quickly. 


Call or email me, I’m happy to discuss your situation, and can give you an of what to expect as far as length of treatment 

How is this different than traditional therapy?

As mentioned above, hypnosis works directly with the subconscious mind. Most traditional therapies focus on working with the conscious mind. While understanding why you do things can be helpful, it’s quicker just to go to the source. 

Traditional therapy can be very helpful and I would never discourage anyone from seeing a therapist, and at times may refer clients to a therapist who may be better qualified to help with a particular issue. However, for things like fears, pain, habits (creating new ones or getting rid of old ones), trouble sleeping, and stress, hypnosis is often quicker and more effective than traditional therapy. 

What if I can’t be hypnotized?

Many clients have come in believing they can’t be hypnotized. They may think they’re too smart, too analytical, too stubborn, they’re conscious mind just won’t stop chattering away… whatever. Thinking you can’t be hypnotized is a misunderstanding of what hypnosis is. In reality, hypnosis is a perfectly natural state that we go into all the time. Hypnotherapy is about triggering that state and utilizing it to create change. 


If you’ve ever pulled your car into the driveway, and were almost surprised because you didn’t remember the drive, or got focused on a radio show and missed your exit, you’ve experienced a form of hypnosis. If you’ve ever been emotionally wrapped up in a movie and found yourself getting scared or sad, even though you knew what was happening on the screen wasn’t real, you’ve experienced hypnosis. And those are just two examples.

 

The good news is, we can utilize those things that you think are limitations… your chatty mind, your stubbornness, your intelligence… to our advantage during your session. A good hypnotherapist is flexible, and can work with you where you are. With a variety of techniques at my disposal, I can choose one that suits you better.

 

It’s been said that the only thing required for to work with a hypnotherapist is a willingness to change, the ability to follow directions, and an IQ above about 80 (if you’re reading this, you’re there!). 

Will I remember anything that happened while I was hypnotized?

Many times you will remember the session very clearly. Other times, you may find your mind wanders off into a day-dreamy state. It really doesn’t matter… we’re focused on your subconscious mind, so whether your conscious mind is paying attention or not has no effect on the effectiveness of the session. If you do enough hypnosis, you’ll probably find your experience varies from one time to the next. There’s not one specific hypnotized feeling or experience. 

Why coaching AND hypnotherapy?

I like to blend hypnosis and coaching; to me it’s a much more complete package than offering either alone. By blending hypnosis and coaching, you can optimize both strategy and mindset to more easily and effectively reach your goals.

 

Allow me to explain. 


Hypnosis is the most powerful way to shift your mindset. Some coaches are pretty good at coaching clients to improve their mindset, but they’re usually focusing on the conscious mind. The conscious mind is good at planning, but terrible at execution. That’s because it’s the subconscious that’s really running the show. It’s like the conscious mind makes a pretty good navigator, but it’s not the one in the driver’s seat. By focusing on the subconscious, hypnosis focuses on the part of you that’s in the driver’s seat. Your subconscious is where all your emotions, fears, and beliefs are. So by dealing directly with the subconscious, hypnosis is the most powerful way to affect mindset. 


Because your subconscious is the most powerful goal achieving mechanism on the planet, oftentimes hypnosis is enough all by itself. Much of the time, if we just tell the subconscious where to go, it’s amazing at finding ingenious ways to get there. 


However, sometimes it could still use a little help from a navigator. That’s where the coaching comes in. Coaching helps with the strategy part. The action plan. Mindset without action plan isn’t always enough to get you there. So that’s where the coaching comes in. It provides the strategy, the map. 


So, we let the conscious mind focus on what it does best, and let the subconscious focus on what it does best. By combining hypnotherapy with coaching, I think you get much more powerful one-two-punch for change than you do using either one as a standalone.  The coaching gives you the WHAT to do, while the hypnosis gives you the ability to execute it, to actually make it happen.