Frequently Asked Questions

It is normal to have questions about hypnosis and how the process works.  Below is a list of the most commonly asked questions about hypnosis.  Simply click on the + sign to expand the answer.

What does hypnosis feel like?

Hypnosis is a deeply relaxing experience. People can, and do, have slightly different experiences.  Some report feeling a tingling sensation in their hands or arms, others report feeling a heaviness like they're sinking into the recliner.  Most find it to be a very relaxing, calm experience.

Will I be made to cluck like chicken or do other strange things while in hypnosis?

Nobody can be made to do anything they do not wish to do. Although we are communicating directly with the subconscious mind during hypnosis, the conscious mind is always present. This means that you are always in complete control and can choose to open your eyes and end the trance at any time you wish.

Can I get ‘stuck’ in hypnosis?

No. It is impossible to ‘get stuck’ in trance. As with daydreaming or focusing on any activity, people either come out of their trance when something demands their conscious attention, or the relaxation deepens until they fall asleep. In a clinically-induced trance, the hypnotist will count you gradually out of the trance so that you emerge feeling refreshed and alert.

How many sessions will I need?

Most clients I see for a single issue come for 3-6 sessions, usually once a week, but this is flexible depending on the work we are doing. For some issues one session is sufficient.

After doing a thorough intake interview in the first session I will be able to advise you as to the likely number of sessions you will need in order to achieve your goals.

Do I need to do anything?

Yes, you do. Hypnosis is very powerful and helps you achieve lasting results, but it is not magic pill and change is all about choice. You need to be open, honest and cooperative.

You also need to complete any homework that is given to you.

What happens in the sessions?

During the first session, I take a detailed personal history and we discuss your specific goals in order to establish the most effective approach for you. You may or may not be hypnotized during the first session.  Sometimes the first session is solely focused on gathering information and working in a wakened state.  When we do the hypnosis sessions I will make positive suggestions to your subconscious mind that have been tailored to your needs then count you slowly back into full waking state.

At the end of the session we usually conduct a reflection stage in which we discuss the experience and outline any further treatment where it is felt to be necessary. Any subsequent sessions will begin with a discussion of how things have improved, followed by further work in hypnosis. At times homework assignments are given to support you between sessions and, depending on the issue we are working on I will provide an MP3 recording of the session that you can listen to at home in order to further reinforce the positive changes.

Can hypnosis cure any illness?

Hypnosis cannot claim to cure any serious illness. It can and does help alleviate the pain, discomfort and anxiety that are often caused by such illnesses. If you are seeking treatment for any physical or mental illness or chronic pain, it is required that you seek your doctor’s advice and bring a referral letter with you to the session.

Is the practice of hypnosis regulated?

In the State of Illinois, yes.  The State has instituted guidelines for using hypnosis to help people with their problems.  Hypnotists ARE NOT medical doctors nor are they psychotherapists or psychologists.   Anyone coming for hypnosis for medical or psychological reasons must have a doctor's referral.

Will my insurance pay for hypnosis?

In most cases health insurance will not pay for hypnosis sessions. Payment is required at the beginning of the program. You can pay for your sessions using cash, check or credit card.

If you have any further questions please contact me and I will be happy to answer your questions.  I offer a complimentary confidential consultation.