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Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is hypnosis?

A: Hypnosis relaxes the body and conscious, intellectual mind to create a state of heightened awareness and suggestibility for the purpose of working with a client's subconscious mind to modify behavior, emotions, or reactions. A hypnotherapist is a guide and partner with you to uncover and release subconscious blocks that are getting in the way of you reaching your goals.

Q: What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

A: Hypnosis is the method used to create the relaxed state that is optimal for communicating with the subconscious part of your mind. Hypnotherapy is utilizing this relaxed state in a beneficial way to enable you to achieve your goals and objectives. Back to Top

Q: How does hypnotherapy work?

A: The mind is like a computer that stores all the inputs we've given it in life. First-time experiences, and other powerful life experiences, create a tape/file in our subconscious mind. The subconscious mind controls all emotions, imagination, perceptions, and automatic body functions. It is the home of our permanent memory. We use about 5% of our brainpower on a conscious, intellectual level, and the subconscious mind controls the rest. The subconscious mind does not judge or question these initial inputs. It accepts them as fact, and continues to replay and act in accordance with the initial messages we received. When these beliefs or behaviors no longer serve us, it can often be challenging to change our responses, even though we have logical reasons and motivation for doing so, because the subconscious mind believes it is "protecting us" by keeping the old behaviors in place. Back to Top

Hypnotherapy allows the conscious mind to rest so we can negotiate new, more positive ways of behaving directly with the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is very wise and willing to help us reach our goals, once it understands that it is safe and beneficial to do so. What the mind agrees with, the body responds to, and it cannot NOT respond. Hypnotherapy aligns the goals of the logical conscious mind, with the automatic response mechanisms in the subconscious mind, so that they work together towards the same result.Back to Top

Q: How effective is hypnotherapy?

A: A survey of psychotherapy literature by noted psychologist Alfred A. Barrios, PhD. revealed the following recover rates when comparing hypnotherapy to other traditional methods of therapy (Source: American Health Magazine)

Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions

Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions

Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions Back to Top

Q: What does it feel like to be hypnotized?

A: There is no right or wrong answer to this question. Everyone experiences hypnosis a little differently. Some people say they feel very relaxed, while others say they feel more alert. Some say it quiets the chatter in their mind, while others say they feel even more aware of sounds, smells, and room temperature. What this means to you is that you will experience hypnosis in your own unique way that is just right for you. You can't get it wrong. It is beneficial, however, for you to notice how you feel while in a hypnotic trance, for future reference. For many, the simple act of recalling how it feels for them to be "in trance" enables them to return more quickly and easily to this state whenever they choose to in the future.Back to Top

Q: Can anyone be hypnotized?

A: Yes. Anyone who wants to be hypnotized can be hypnotized. However, if you are fearful, reluctant, or resistant to being hypnotized, you cannot be hypnotized against your will. This is why I spend ample time with you prior to beginning your hypnotherapy to make sure all your questions are answered and you feel completely comfortable with the process.Back to Top

Q: Is hypnosis safe? Can I get "stuck" in a trance?

A: Hypnosis is completely safe and side effect-free. In fact, you move into and out of the trance state several times a day very naturally. During hypnosis, brainwaves register in the alpha state, which is the same state we experience each morning when we first wake up and just before falling asleep each night. Additionally, when you drive a car, and can't remember how you got from point A to point B, you're in a trance. Whenever you get caught-up in a good book or movie, and you block out everything around you, or feel the same emotions the characters feel, this is also a form of hypnotic trance. There are no documented instances of anyone ever getting "stuck" in hypnosis. That is because you are always in control and you decide when you want to end the trance.Back to Top

Q: Can you make me do something I don't want to do?

A: No. You retain your free will and choice at all times to accept or reject suggestions as you choose. Your subconscious mind is very protective of you and it will never allow you to do something that violates your values, beliefs, or safety. This is also why coming to hypnotherapy because someone, other than yourself, wants you to change your behavior, is unlikely to give you results.Back to Top

Q: What happens during a hypnosis session?

A: Every hypnosis session is uniquely customized for you, based on what you are working on and your observations and progress during and in-between sessions. In general, each session starts with a progress update from you and an overview of our session plan for the day based on that. With my assistance, you will then allow yourself to go into a state of deep relaxation so that your conscious mind and body relax, and we can talk to your subconscious mind. I will communicate with your subconscious mind to help it reframe experiences, create new perspectives, and accept positive suggestions that align with the goals you wish to achieve. I will bring you back to your normal level of alertness and we will discuss your experience while under hypnosis, along with any observations and discoveries you had. You may leave with a customized tape or exercises to reinforce and support the work we've completed at home on your own.Back to Top

Q: Will I remember my hypnosis session?

A: Generally speaking, yes. Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is NOT sleep (unconsciousness). Your awareness and participation are necessary throughout to respond to questions and agree or disagree with suggestions given. Most people remember everything that took place during their session. In rare instances, we may uncover something that your conscious mind does not want to remember...and that's OK. Then you will remember only that which is helpful and productive for you to remember. Back to Top

Q: How many sessions will I need?

A: This varies person to person, based on the issue you wish to resolve and the results you are trying to achieve. During your free consultation, we will first determine if hypnosis is the best solution for you, based on your goals and expectations. Then, we will also discuss the number of sessions that will be needed for us to complete the work required for you to achieve the benefits you want. For most clients, this is between 2-6 sessions. For weight loss clients, it is typically 6-10 sessions.Back to Top

Q: Will my insurance cover it?

A: If your doctor writes a prescription (NOT a referral) for a certain number of hypnotherapy sessions to address a particular issue, your insurance may reimburse a portion of your hypnotherapy. If this is of interest to you, please ask for additional details during your free consultation. Back to Top

Q: How much will hypnotherapy cost?

A: During your free consultation, after discussing the problem you'd like to resolve and determining if hypnotherapy will give you the solutions you desire, we will discuss how many sessions will be needed and the related fees.Back to Top

To schedule your free consultation, please contact Jill Grenevitch at 662.643.3410. There is no obligation to pursue treatment following your consultation.