Q: What IS hypnosis?

Many people are surprised to learn that they go into a hypnotic trance daily. If you've ever been absorbed in a good book or movie, then you've experienced a light state of hypnosis. If you've ever been surprised to arrive at a destination not remembering every moment of the drive or walk, you've been in a hypnotic trance. We often call it "auto pilot."

When you see a hypnotist, they will help you enter this pleasant state of mind (trance), which is the first step to achieve your goal. You will be aware of everything that happens, remember anything you want to remember, and be able to accept or reject any suggestions offered by the hypnotist.

Q: Can I be hypnotized?

If you have an average intelligence level and you want to be hypnotized, yes, you can be hypnotized. The key is that you (not a partner, parent, or doctor) want a change to occur and you want to use hypnosis to make the change. Your doctor may tell you to stop smoking to improve your heart/lung/other health, but if you don't really want to stop, hypnosis often won't work. Hypnotists cannot make a person want something they don't want.

Q: Does the hypnotist control me?

One myth about hypnosis is that a hypnotists will make someone do or say something they don't want or is agains their personal beliefs. The hypnosis client is always in control of their own mind.

Q: Can I learn how to do this myself?

Yes, within our sessions, clients are taught how to do self hypnosis.

Q: What does hypnosis feel like?

There is no one way to feel when in hypnosis, but several clients say hypnosis is like a spa appointment for the mind. Some people say they were very deeply relaxed and felt at light as a feather. Others say they felt deeply grounded and very safe. Others report not feeling anything specifically. Most clients say they were aware of everything going on and what I was saying. Clients say they feel surprisingly good and relaxed at the end of the session.

Q: Can I get stuck in hypnosis?

No, you cannot get stuck in hypnosis. Going into hypnosis requires a willingness to be hypnotized and a person can get out of it whenever s/he wants.

Q: Do I actually go to sleep?

No, please don't go to sleep! In a hypnotic trance, many clients say they felt very relaxed, like when you sleep, but the mind is active and open to resolve the issue.

Q: Is it more passive or active participation?

Hypnosis requires a person's complete willingness to participate mentally, but there is very little physical participation.

Q: How long are the sessions?

Sessions are generally 60-70 minutes. The first session will be a bit longer (90 mins) to allow for initial discussion and paperwork.

Q: How many sessions will I need?

People respond at different rates so it's difficult to give an exact number of sessions. On average, most people find the issue they wanted to resolve is greatly improved or totally resolved within three sessions.

Q: Is there a guarantee?

Successful hypnosis is a partnership of client and hypnotist - each needs to give 100% for success. I guarantee is that I will be 100% focused on helping you resolve the issue with all the training and education I have. This is likely the same guarantee that any behavioral therapist or coach gives.

Q: Is hypnosis legitimate?

Yes, hypnosis is legitimate. The Mayo Clinic, National Institutes for Health, and American Psychological Association, to name a few, have been studying hypnosis for decades. In a September 18, 2018, TIME magazine article provides: "There are many myths about hypnosis, mostly coming from media presentations," like fictional films and novels, says Irving Kirsch, a lecturer and director of the Program in Placebo Studies at Harvard Medical School. But setting aside pop culture clich├ęs, Kirsch says hypnosis is a well-studied and legitimate form of adjunct treatment for conditions ranging from obesity and pain after surgery to anxiety and stress. Are all doctors on-board with hypnosis? No. Research to support the use of hypnosis is getting stronger, but not all doctors embrace it right now. It reminds me of many western-training doctors lack of support for accupuncture in the 1990s. Now, acupuncture is widely recommended even though scientists don't completely understand why it work, but they know it does work.

Q: I don't know if I can be hypnotized.

Hypnosis is a natural state of mind we all enter at various times throughout the day, such as when we're daydreaming or watching a movie. If you are able and willing to follow simple instructions, you likely can be hypnotized. The key is the desire to be hypnotized with the goal of resolving an issue or improving a performance.

Q: I don't know what I want. Can hypnosis help me discover what I want?

Yes, it's likely hypnosis will help. Usually fear or embarrassment prevents people from acknowledging what they want. Or they have what is called limiting beliefs. Limiting beliefs can be 'lessons' that we learned growing up (e.g. rich people are bad and greedy - lesson: never be rich; I never win lotto/raffles so I don't play - lesson: I'm not a winner; save you money for a rainy day - lesson: don't spend your money, etc) that really limit our potential. Hypnosis and EP can help break apart those limiting beliefs and provide a sense of freedom to discover what you want in your life.

Q: Can hypnosis make me forget a person or event?

In theory, it's possible to induce amnesia inside hypnosis. In practice, it's not a helpful response to a real part of your life. Instead of making you forget a memory, we will help you change your emotional response to the memory so that you can learn and grow from it, without forgetting it. Often reducing the emotional memory of an event is all a person needs to be happy and healthy.

Q: Are sessions private/confidential?

All hypnosis sessions at Essential Health & Hypnosis are both private and confidential. Only the client is allowed in the room. Notes or information are provide to the client upon written request.

Q: How many sessions will I need?

If you've had an issue for more than one day, it will take more than one session to resolve it. However, hypnosis is very effective and many clients see some progress after the first session and are satisfied with results in three to five sessions, for most issues. Commitment from the client is the key to success.

Q: My spouse needs to stop smoking and I told them I'll pay if they go. Can you help?

Yes! However,

  • We are in the business of empowering individuals, not forcing them to do things against their will. Your spouse will need to phone us directly and express his or her decision to start hypnosis, without any pressure from you.
  • Regardless of who is paying for the session, our client is the person undergoing hypnosis and his or her wishes come first. If our client indicates that he or she does not actually want to stop smoking, I won't book the session because it would be a waste of your money and my time.

Q: Do you work with children?

Yes! Children respond very well to hypnosis.

  • Like with adults, the child needs to want or be willing to be hypnotized.
  • Parents should be ready to support change, not pressure or guilt the child to change by a certain time.
  • I see all clients independently, regardless of their age.
  • Like with adults, some 'bad habits' may be caused by an underlying issue. For example, people grind their teeth for different reasons. Hypnosis may be used to stop the grinding but if the underlying issue is stress (or another issue), that will also need to be addressed.

Young people often respond better to hypnosis than adults, and have the imagination necessary to make the process work well. Parents need to come to the first session so that we can verify payment and informed consent forms can be signed as a parent or guardian.

Q: I want to get off some Rxs my doctor has prescribed. Can you help?

No, I cannot. If a doctor has prescribed medicine to treat a diagnosed medical or psychological issue, only s/he can recommend changes to your dosage. You should never make changes to prescription usage without first consulting with your doctor.

Q: I have a diagnosed condition. If my doctor is okay with it, can I see you too?

If you have a doctors consent, I am willing to talk with you to see if I can help you, within the scope of my practice. It's good to have a team approach working towards your goals.

Q: Why can't you give a money back guarantee?

Few personal services give a money back guarantee for results. Why? Because the outcome is not 100% in the providers control. Surgeons use their skills to help you feel better, but there is no guarantee that you will. If you take a prescription for an ailment, it's likely been tested to help cure/resolve the issue, but there's no money back guarantee it will work. Lawyers cannot guarantee the judge will rule a particular way. Hypnosis and energy psychology are highly effective for most people. I have seen remarkable results in people who got the results they wanted from using these two amazing transformational techniques.

Q: What is Energy Psychology?

Energy psychology (EP) is a collection of mind-body approaches for understanding and improving human functioning. EP focuses on the relationship between thoughts, emotions, sensations, and behaviors, and known bioenergy systems.

Q: Can I learn how to do this myself?

Yes! If you are interested, you will learn how to use simple techniques to help yourself.

Q: Does it hurt?

No, hypnosis and Energy Psychology causes no pain, in fact, it usually relieves pain and discomfort.

Q: Does hypnosis or Energy Psychology fit with traditional western medicine?

Hypnosis is widely accepted and used by medical practitioners who have taken the time to learn about it. In the 1950s-60s, Dave Elman, who was not in the medical field, not only learned the art of hypnosis, but developed methods to streamline the process. Many doctors and dentists leaned about Mr. Elman's hypnosis success and requested that he teach it to them. Today, a large number of doctors understand hypnosis can work where western medicine doesn't and recommends hypnosis to their patients.

Energy Psychology techniques are both accepted and provided by licensed medical providers. The Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) received a 5 year renewal (2019) as a continuing education provider from the American Psychological Association because the research shows it works! There are many doctors, nurses, and clinicians who are certified in Energy Psychology techniques; I received my training from Dr. Kristin Holthuis (MD).

Q: Is Energy Psychology legitimate?

As of July 2019, over 100 research studies, 5 meta-analyses, and 12 review articles have been published on EP methods in peer reviewed journals. These modalities have been researched by more than 200 investigators in over 12 countries. Over 50 randomized controlled trials have documented efficacy for these methods.

The results of these studies have been published in more than 15 different peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Clinical Psychology, the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease and the APA journals Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training and Review of General Psychology.