Frequently Asked Questions
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.
For general interest about past life regression:
Inner Child Resources:
For Those Interested In Learning More About Hypnotherapy Techniques:
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.
Inspirational and Healing websites
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!
...and Just for fun 😊
Last, certainly not least, I want to share my all-time favorite novel about reincarnation!