Frequently Asked Questions
Additional Resources

This section of our website is devoted to answering your questions about the hypnotherapy process. I’ve also included a list of additional resources if you are interested in further information.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have compiled a list of the most common questions that I receive.
If you have further questions, feel free to ask them during a scheduled discovery call.
Just click on the Question to see the answer.

We begin with an introductory discussion during which I answer any further questions you may have.  Then, when you are ready, I induce a trance that begins by asking you to take deep breaths, to relax and to focus on my voice.  This trance allows your subconscious mind to come forward and “take the lead “during the rest of our session.

You will be aware and conscious during our entire session and will remember everything that occurs.

        The hypnotheraputic trance process is unique because usually our conscious minds are in control of our interactions even though the core roots of our issues are buried in our subconscious minds. Without the hypnotherapy process, your subconscious mind usually has no way of making itself known in a helpful way.  The trance state simply allows your conscious mind to take a back seat, thus freeing your subconscious mind to finally communicate what it really needs.

       During the process itself, you will remain fully aware of everything that is being communicated and will be able to incorporate all the new information and healing tools that emerge when your session is complete.

       When you do emerge from your trance state, you will usually feel refreshed and filled with new and useful insights.  We will then have a brief follow-up session to answer any questions you have and to share my own observations with you.

This is a common misconception, and the short answer is “no”.  You will remain conscious throughout our session and will remember everything afterward. 

Additionally, as a practitioner of “Client-Centered” Hypnotherapy, I am committed to ensuring that your own subconscious “leads” the process while you are in a hypnotic trance state.  My role as your hypnotherapist is to guide, assist, and clarify, intervening only when needed to support the bridge being created between your conscious and subconscious mind.

This is also a common concern.  In reply, let me ask you a series of short questions:

  • Have you ever been engrossed in a suspense or horror movie and someone taps you on the shoulder without warning? Did you jump about 5 feet and yell? 🙂
  • Have you ever begun to throw a frisbee or ball for a dog who insists that you continue the game? Do you soon find yourself daydreaming, no longer noticing your immediate surroundings as you continue to repeat the throwing action automatically?
  • Do you remember enduring boring classes when you were a kid—or dull staff meetings as an adult? Do you recall “zoning out” by imagining all the other places you’d rather be, until soon, your daydreams became more vivid than the voices in the room you were actually in?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are familiar with a “trance state”.  We put ourselves into self-induced trance almost daily.  Another common example is a time you may have experienced getting into a car heading towards a familiar destination—then arriving with no memory of the actual drive!

So, essentially, most of us have little difficulty relaxing into a trance.  As a hypnotherapist, I am also trained in specific techniques effective with clients who may have slightly more difficulty achieving trance.

Yes.  As I note on the past life page of our website, there are many theories about whether or not past lives are “actual” past lives. Other theories include the possibility that past life memories may instead be archetypical human memories or even a metaphor our own subconscious creates to illustrate a core issue for our understanding. 

As a hypnotherapist, it is not my role to debate these various theories.  What I do know is that the past life regression process “works”—regardless of whether an individual believes in reincarnation or not. 

For more information on this fascinating topic, please feel free to explore my past life page and the additional resources I’ve included on this page

There are similarities as well as differences between these two healing approaches. Perhaps the most striking difference is timing.  Hypnosis often offers a “short-cut”.

Essentially, by using the trance process, a client-centered hypnotist is able to directly access the client’s subconscious and is often able to resolve many engrained blocks and issues more quickly than traditional therapy as a result. 

However, with both hypnosis and traditional therapy, it is almost always a good idea to commit to more than one session since negative ingrained behavior patterns take a certain amount of “muscle” to be redirected or transformed. One session may start the healing process, but these gains may be eroded if they are not strongly reinforced by hypnotherapeutic follow-up and the client’s own willingness to implement their newly discovered tools for healing and personal growth.

This is also not to imply that traditional therapy does not offer great value.  Often hypnotherapists work in tandem with traditional therapists and medical doctors to support a client’s healing. I personally often recommend clients continue to work with their regular therapists to strengthen the discoveries they make during our sessions, especially in cases of long-standing trauma.

It is also important to understand that hypnotherapists are not able to prescribe, treat, or diagnose clients since they are not medical doctors or psychiatrists. 

Yes, but be sure to ask your doctor first.  If your physician agrees, hypnotherapy sessions and guided imagery recordings may be very useful to you in the areas of pain management, fear, anxiety and stress relief, and depression. 

Additional Resources

For general interest about past life regression:

Brian Weiss, M.D.

A pioneer of past life therapy. His first book, Many Lives, Many Masters (1988, Simon and Schuster) details the story of how he began to take this process seriously. Through Time Into Healing (1992, Simon and Schuster) and Same Soul, Many Bodies (2004, Simon and Schuster) are two more of my personal favorites among his many books about the power of past life regression.

Dr. Weiss is a prolific author.  His books and Regression CDs are all available on his website at

Carol Bowman

Children’s Past Lives: How Past Life Memories Affect Your Child (1997, Bantam) Ms. Bowman’s website is

Gloria Chadwick

Discovering Your Past Lives: The Ultimate Guide Into and Through Your Past Life Memories (revised edition, 2015) Ms. Chadwick does not appear to have a website, but this specific book has some wonderful “do it yourself” ideas.

Inner Child Resources:

Charles Whitfield, M.D.

Healing the Child Within: Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families (1987, Health Communications). 
Although the concept of the “inner child” has been around since Carl Jung first theorized about it in Switzerland in the early twentieth century, Dr. Whitfield’s classic book, initially published in the late 80s, took this concept to a whole new level. Dr. Whitfield has no apparent website, but his counseling work and research speaks for itself on Google.

These three examples are just a few of the many resources available to anyone interested in more information about inner child work.

Meredith Lane

20 Exercises for Healing Your Inner Child (June 2019, Meredith Lane). 
Ms. Lane has created a wonderful booklet that is focused, hands-on, and offers many creative ways to access your inner child. Although not a therapist, Ms. Lane has an intuitive grasp of the importance of inner child work and articulately describes exercises designed to support the inner child discovery process. NOTE: Anyone with a history of childhood trauma or diagnosed mental illness is advised to seek support from a licensed therapist before proceeding with the exercises in this activity-rich booklet.

William G. DeFoore, Ph.D.

Nurturing Your Inner Child (2010, 
A useful and engaging CD, filled with healing guided imagery and affirmations to support clients working to address and heal inner child issues. Available on

For Those Interested In Learning More About Hypnotherapy Techniques:

Mary Lee LaBay

Hypnotherapy: A Client-Centered Approach (2003, Pelican Publishing).  This classic, well-written source book is a “go-to” for anyone interested in what client-centered hypnotherapy is all about. 

Mary Lee LaBay also runs a hypnotherapy certification program that is currently all online. For anyone interested in more information, she can be reached at

Mary Lee LaBay, Past Life Regression: A Guide For Practitioners (2004, Trafford Publishing).  Another classic!

Lynda Hudson

Scripts & Strategies in Hypnotherapy with Children (2009, Crown House Publishing). A wonderful book by an English clinical hypnotist and former teacher.

Kemila Zsange, RCCH

Past Life Regression: A Manual for Hypnotherapists (2015, Journey Beyond Production).  A very well-organized and engaging manual for past life hypnotherapists.

Holly Holmes-Meredith, D. Min., MFT

Spiritual Hypnotherapy Scripts for Body, Mind, and Spirit (2014, HCH Publishing).  A delightful resource that incorporates Taoist Principles into the hypnotherapy process.

Inspirational Books that address Life Purpose and Creative Recovery Issues - Oldies but Goodies

The following recommendations are all at least 20 years old yet they are still as relevant and powerful as ever 😊 I include them here as further resources for those of you committed to making your life more fulfilling.

Julia Cameron

The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Guide To Creativity. Initially self-published in 1992, Cameron’s landmark book on protecting and nurturing your creative spirit has long been a classic, breaking all kinds of records as a publishing success. Ms. Cameron’s future works include The Vein of Gold: A Journey to Your Creative Heart (1996, Jeremy Tarcher/Putnam).  Her website is

Barbera Sher

Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want (2003, Random House). Another famous classic, originally published in 1979, “Wishcraft” still remains relevant over 40 years later.  It was one of the first books to challenge us not to simply “settle” for a half-life—but to actively explore your possibilities in a realistic yet visionary way.  Sher’s step-by-step guidance is delightful.  Well-worth a read 😊.

Sonia Choquette,

Your Heart’s Desire: Instructions for Creating the Life You Really Want (1997, Potter) Ms. Choquette’s book is the single most helpful book I have ever had the pleasure to experience as I went through my own “Life Spirit Journey ©”.  This is a wonderful, practical, and visionary book that easily stands the test of time. Traveling at the Speed of Love (2010, Hay House) is another favorite of mine, very useful to refer to as we navigate our current intense and deeply challenging world.  Ms. Choquette’s website is

Inspirational and Healing websites

Health Journeys is one of the finest resources of its kind on the web.  It offers countless evidence-based and clinically established guided visualizations covering topics that range from healing anxiety, depression, PTSD, and grief to medical conditions such as heart attack, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and pain management.  Founded by psychotherapist and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek in 1991, it is an inspiring and accessible resource.  Check it out!!

NOTE:  I am anticipating subscribing to a partnership with Health Journeys within the next few months.  This will mean that my clients will be able to stream specially selected visualizations directly from this website—as an added benefit– for free!

Lee Harris is a gifted energy intuitive, one of the very few spiritual teachers I ever recommend! I have found his online classes and Youtube presentations to be very inspiring. I recommend him for inspiration, down-to-earth insights, and a calm, wise, and respectful presence as he offers suggestions relevant to the unique times we are living through.

...and Just for fun 😊

Last, certainly not least, I want to share my all-time favorite novel about reincarnation!

Anya Seton

Green Darkness (Houghton Mifflin, 1972). Seton’s final and, potentially, most famous novel spent 6 months on the New York Times Bestseller List when it was first published in the early 70s.

It tells the story of two star-crossed lovers and the past life they shared in Tudor England.  A wonderful read 😊 Enjoy!

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