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What does hypnosis feel like?
It feels different for everyone, but I would describe it as feeling relaxed and alert at the same time. You feel emotions more deeply - they feel "closer to the surface," so to speak. If you're the kind of person who has a constant mental running commentary going on, you'll probably notice that your mind feels quieter.
Can anyone be hypnotized?
Yes. The brain state that we refer to as "hypnosis" is a naturally occurring one similar to REM sleep or the relaxed focus that comes from being absorbed in a book or movie.
Do I have free will during hypnosis? Will I remember what happened when I wake up?
Yes and yes. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis and can't happen without the willing participation of the client. You will have total knowledge and control of your actions while in trance.
Can I get "stuck" in a trance?
No. The hypnotic state is a naturally occurring one, similar to the drifting sensation right before you fall asleep. You will always come out of the hypnotic state eventually, with or without intervention.
How long do the effects of hypnosis last?
While hypnosis helps you "rewire" some areas of your brain to make change possible, it's not a magic cure-all. You will need to reinforce your new behaviors and beliefs over time - either by conscious practice or listening to the recording of your session.
It's like hacking through a jungle with a machete: you have to keep walking that path or the foliage grows back over.
What's so great about being able to affect the subconscious mind?
Chip and Dan Heath call this "the Rider and the Elephant" problem. If you picture a person riding an elephant, the rider has the power to direct the elephant even though the elephant is much stronger. But the rider can't stay focused 100% of the time, and eventually the elephant will go where it wants. The best way to keep the elephant on track is to make sure it has its own reasons for getting to the rider's desired destination.
In this metaphor, I'm your elephant-whisperer (pretty cool, right?). I help you communicate with your elephant (i.e. your subconscious mind) so that you can create change in an effective, unconflicted way.
How many sessions will I need to resolve my issue?
You will likely see marked improvement after just one session, and if you regularly use your reinforcement recording and practice your new skills, 1-2 may be all you need.
For complex or stubborn issues, further sessions may be beneficial.
Do you help people with weight loss or smoking cessation?
No, not at this time.
Do you take insurance?
No, not at this time.
What forms of payment do you take?
All payment takes place through Paypal or Stripe. You can use a credit or debit card if you don't have an account.
How does the videoconferencing work?
I use a service called Zoom which lets me record our session and send it to you as an audio file afterwards. You'll get a link in your confirmation e-mail after purchase to join your session. All you need to participate is 1) a laptop (preferred), tablet, or phone with a camera; 2) a decent internet connection; and 3) a quiet place to sit.