Frequently Asked Questions:

Here are some of the most common questions associated with hypnosis and hypnotherapy. If there is something you would like more information on or do not understand please feel free to Contact Us.


Q. What is Hypnosis?
A. Hypnosis is a naturally induced state of consciousness in which a person becomes more suggestible. The state of hypnosis is sometimes described as a “trance.” In a clinical setting, a person is induced into a hypnotic trance in order to address the subconscious mind for the purpose of removing unwanted behaviors or in order to improve performance. It is helpful to note that everyone goes into and out of hypnosis many times each day. If you have ever daydreamed, or been entertained by a movie or TV, or if you have lost track of time while driving, you have been hypnotized. The natural act of falling asleep every night is always preceded by a trance.

Q. Will I lose consciousness?
A. Clients typically do not lose consciousness during hypnosis. In fact, people usually say that their consciousness was increased, or heightened, or more focused during the hypnotic state.

Q. What are the risks of Hypnosis?
A. There are no physical or mental risks of hypnosis. It is not possible to remain in a trance for any period following a counseling session. Clinical hypnosis is a very comfortable state—many people wish to remain there for longer periods! Clients almost always emerge from hypnosis feeling rested, energized, and more optimistic.

Q. Can I be made to do something against my will?
A. Hypnotists can’t make you do something against your will. If any suggestion is made that is contrary to one’s natural inclination, the mind rejects the suggestion. A peaceful person cannot be suggested into violence, and a lawful person cannot be influenced to commit a crime.

Q. While in a trance, will I have to answer every question you ask?
A. This is one of the biggest concerns that new clients have. Clients frequently are reluctant to verbalize some of their painful or embarrassing thoughts. This does not diminish the quality of care in any way. The consulting hypnotist/hypno-counselor does not need to pry or discover a secret in order to successfully address subconscious behaviors. In my practice I receive all information respectfully and professionally, and I do whatever I can to build and maintain trust at all times. While you are in a trance with me as your guide, we will only address the issues that we agreed upon at the beginning of the session.

Q. Can anyone be hypnotized?
A. Just about anyone can be hypnotized—if they are willing and have trust in the hypno-counselor. There are few factors other than willingness and trust that affect one’s ability to be hypnotized. It is generally agreed that intelligent, imaginative people are the best subjects.

Q. Can I hypnotize myself?
A. Yes, anyone can learn self-hypnosis in just a few minutes, and it’s something I include in every clinical session. Self-hypnosis is a wonderful, powerful tool that can be used by anyone throughout the day. It is also a fact that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis: the client is a willing volunteer, the hypno-counselor is the guide.

Q. What are the applications of Hypnosis?
A. There are many uses for hypnosis. Many people use hypnosis to help them quit smoking, lose weight, increase success, remove unwanted behaviors, improve general health, heal fears and phobias, and improve mindset in order to become more organized and focused. Clients may get results in as little as one or two sessions, but many times more sessions are needed over a longer period, especially if the unwanted behavior has been habitual for many years.

Q. What are the qualifications of a Hypno-Counselor?
A. A responsible hypno-counselor is educated and experienced and certified by a school and at least one reputable certifying organization.  Currently, no state in the U.S. requires that hypnotists be licensed, so care should be taken when selecting a practitioner. I am certified by several national and international organizations, and I adhere to all of the ethical guidelines that bind all health care professionals. In addition, my education is current and I maintain cordial working relationships with local practitioners in hypno-counseling and other wellness fields.

Official Definition of a Hypnotherapist From the US Dept of Labor

Hypnotherapist – Induces hypnotic state in client to increase motivation or alter behavior pattern through hypnosis. Consults with client to determine the nature of problem. Prepares client to enter hypnotic states by explaining how hypnosis works and what client will experience. Tests subject to determine degrees of physical and emotional suggestibility. Induces hypnotic state in client using individualized methods and techniques of hypnosis based on interpretation of test results and analysis of client’s problem. May train client in self-hypnosis conditioning.
– The U.S. Department of Labor Directory of Occupational Titles (D.O.T. 079.157.010)