Q. What does hypnosis feel like?
A. Hypnosis is a light trance state that feels relaxing and enjoyable. It's very similar to meditation and to the in-between state of consciousness when you are drifting off to sleep. During a session, most people feel calm and alert and are able to hear everything that is said. You can go into a hypnotic trance sitting down, standing up, lying down, with eyes open with eyes closed, etc. Since hypnosis is naturally occurring, it will often feel familiar to people.
Q. What happens to my conscious mind in hypnosis?
A. While we are accessing the subconscious mind in hypnosis, it is normal for the conscious mind to still be active to a degree. Some people have the ability to completely detach from their conscious minds, while others will find that the conscious mind comes along for the ride. Ultimately, the client is in control at all times of what happens with their mind on both a conscious and subconscious level. The hypnotherapist is a guide, a witness and ally in the journey of self-discovery and transformation.
Q. How many Sessions will I need?
A. That depends on a variety of factors. There are many different techniques and tools hypnotherapists have at their disposal, and often it is a matter of matching the right technique to the client. What works for one person may not work for another, as we are all unique individuals. Also, the complexity of the issue comes into play. Sometimes we can re-frame one subconscious block only to discover another one hiding beneath it. That said, I've had clients get great results in just one session. On average, 3-12 sessions seem to be effective for transforming a specific issue.
Q. What if I can't be hypnotized?
A. Various studies have estimated that between 75 and 95 percent of the population can be easily hypnotized. Some people believe that in order to be hypnotized you must have a weak mind, but nothing could be further from the truth. The ability to be hypnotized is not linked with any specific personality trait but is closely associated with the ability to focus and concentrate. Thus, highly intelligent, strong-willed and imaginative people often see the greatest results with hypnosis. Ultimately, since hypnosis is a natural state that most people experience daily, it is largely a matter of feeling safe and ready to participate.
Recent studies of ultradian rhythms (bio-rhythms that are less than one day long,) conclude that every 90 to 120 minutes we pass into a state physiologically identical to hypnosis. So when people ask, "Can I be hypnotized?" The answer might be-- you already are!
Q. Will you make me reveal all my secrets?
A. No. Even in the deepest states of hypnosis, you are still in control. I cannot make you think, feel, do or reveal anything you don't what to. Of course, the more open you can be, the more you will benefit, and anything personal you share during our sessions is kept strictly private and confidential.
Q. Do you take insurance?
A. Most hypnotherapists do not accept insurance. However, I am happy to provide you with a receipt you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Some plans will reimburse if the sessions are recommended by your physician.
Q. How can I book a session?
A. You can email me at , use the contact form found on the website, or call me at 401-523-9600. Under "private sessions" it is possible to book online-- however, my online calendar is generally not up to date, so you may receive an email from me needing to reschedule.