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Frequently Asked Questions About Hypnosis

  • What is hypnosis?

    • The debate is still ongoing. Some say it is an 'altered state of consciousness', however since there is no agreed upon definition of consciousness the debate continues. For our purposes here I will be referring to hypnosis as the calm, relaxed and focused feeling and/or state of being. For more information about hypnotherapy you can visit this page for a more detailed overlook. 

  • Is hypnosis real? 

    •  YES! Studies measuring brain activity have shown that hypnosis and hypnotic suggestions alter the way that the brain processes information. These studies have also proven that hypnosis can be an effective treatment for pain, and an effective treatment for other conditions as well.

  • Can anyone be hypnotized?

    • ​Yes, everybody is hypnotizable to some extent and some more than others. The measurement of  a person's "hypnotizability" is called suggestibility and is typically rated from low to high. Approximately 80% of people rate in the medium category, leaving 10% in the high category and 10% in the low category. This means that 90% of people can experience and benefit from hypnosis while 10% tend to be more resistant to "hypnotic influence". In my personal opinion I believe everyone can be hypnotized,  just not everyone can be hypnotized in the same way or under the same conditions is all. If you believe yourself to be in the low 10% there are still ways in which you can benefit from hypnosis.

  • Is hypnosis safe?

    • Yes. So long as it is performed by a professionally trained and qualified hypnotist, hypnosis is perfectly safe with no negative side effects. 

  • Can I get stuck in hypnosis? 

    • No. Just as you cannot get stuck in sleep or wide awake, you cannot get stuck in hypnosis​

  • Is hypnosis as effective online as in person?

    • Yes. For the purposes of therapy, online is more than sufficient for the work I do. ​

  • It says you are a street/stage hypnotist, what does that mean? 

    • Stage hypnosis and hypnotherapy are two drastically different approaches to hypnosis. It simply means that I am versed and educated in multiple forms of hypnosis and wield a greater knowledge of  hypnosis and it's usages than a standard hypnotherapist. ​

  • Will I bark like a dog or do those crazy things I see on stage? 

    • No. There is no evidence that a hypnotized person will do anything that they don't want to do even if it is suggested. So unless you really want to do those things (or you already do those things normally) you wont and I will not be asking you to do anything like that anyway. There will be no stage type suggestions given during your session. If you wish to experience that type of hypnosis you are free to attend one of my shows.

  • Is hypnosis like truth serum? 

    • No. You are perfectly capable of lying or not answering questions while under hypnosis. As stated above, hypnosis will not make you do anything, or say anything you wouldn't normally be capable of doing or saying. ​

  • Is NLP hypnosis?

    • ​In short, I would say no. NLP, or neuro-linguistic programming, is more like a set of diagnostic tools while hypnosis is more like a vehicle. 

  • Is hypnosis covered under insurance? 

    • I like to joke that, insurance doesn't like to cover things that actually work. So, in most cases the answer will be no. If you have a flex or health spending account you can check to see if they will reimburse you for sessions. Please feel free to email your insurance company asking for coverage to alternative forms of mental health services such as hypnotherapy as this really does need to change.​


  • Is there anything hypnosis can "fix" in one session?

    • There are quite a few things that generally require only one session. Fears and phobias is one. Pain removal in most cases can be dealt with in one session. Smoking cessation. The major symptoms of abuse/trauma/PTSD can often times be dealt with in one session. It really comes down to where the person is currently in their process which makes it difficult to give an exact answer to this question. 

  • Is there anything hypnosis can NOT help with?

    • As far as I am aware, hypnosis can help with anything that is not considered 'organic damage'. For example, hypnosis cannot re-grow a limb. I mean don't quote me on that, I've never actually tried it ​so I don't know for sure however the overall consensus is that it's not likely going to happen. That said, I was able to remove a blind spot in a client's vision once so who is to say what can and can't be done. 

For more answers to you questions please feel free to contact me for a free, no obligation consultation! 


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