Frequently Asked Questions
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a pleasant state of focused attention and deep relaxation during which beneficial suggestions and imagery are used to alter emotional or physical symptoms. It involves learning how to use your mind and thoughts to regulate emotional distress, unpleasant physical symptoms, or to break unwanted habits.
Can I be hypnotized?
Yes. All people have some level of hypnotizability. Some are low, most are in the mid-range, and some are high. While it's true that some people respond more quickly than others, everyone is hypnotizable and can achieve the same benefits from hypnosis. If you're concerned that hypnosis may not work for you, ask me about enjoying a hypnosis "Prep" session to help you prepare for your therapy session.
What does hypnosis feel like?
Each person's experience of hypnosis is different from the experience of others. Typically, your body relaxes and your thoughts become more focused. In this relaxed state, you will feel at ease physically, yet fully awake mentally. Your conscious mind becomes less alert, while your subconscious mind becomes much more focused. There is never any loss of consciousness.
For those who meditate, it’s the same very relaxed and comfortable feeling.
Will I lose consciousness or fall asleep?
Hypnosis is not sleep. One of the biggest misconceptions is that the hypnotized person will fall asleep or lose conscious awareness. During hypnosis you are always awake, aware, in control, and you will hear and remember everything the hypnotist says.
How many sessions will I need?
I recommend you start with two to three sessions (some issues require more) to get the full benefits of this work. You may experience improvements after just one visit, but research shows that results are more pronounced with multiple sessions. Appointments are usually scheduled once a week, and after the initial 130 minute session, subsequent sessions last 60-70 minutes. However, it is not uncommon for clients to return for reinforcement sessions whenever they feel the support would be beneficial, or need a "re-set."
What's the difference between hypnotism and psychotherapy?
Hypnotism is not psychotherapy. Psychotherapy (which I do not provide) is the diagnosis and conversational treatment of mental and emotional disorders. Professional hypnotism (which I do provide) is the use of relaxation and suggestion to adjust habits of thought, feeling, and behavior.
Are results guaranteed?
Most of my clients achieve their goals, largely because I limit my practice to motivated people. There are three vital elements that make hypnosis effective for you: motivation, belief, and expectation. Motivation refers to wanting something, like to release stress/anxiety or lose weight. Next you must believe that it is possible to reach your goal. Finally, you must have the expectation that change will occur. Since hypnosis is a partnership between the hypnotist and client, success depends on both participants.
Should I use hypnosis in place of seeing my doctor or therapist?
No. Hypnotism is considered complementary in nature and is not intended as a substitute for traditional medical care or therapy. Hypnotists deal with self-improvement issues of individuals that do not qualify as medical disorders and are not serious enough to be considered psychological in nature.
Can I bring someone to my appointment?
There is a waiting room if you would like to bring a friend or spouse to your appointment. However, please keep in mind that your session is private and observers are not allowed. This will allow you to relax fully into the experience without feeling expectations of someone watching you.
Are online Zoom sessions as effective as in person sessions?
YES! I have many clients who I only see via online sessions. Some live in other parts of the country and some just prefer not to deal with L.A. traffic and instead enjoy their sessions from the comfort of their own homes. As long as you commit to the process, you will receive the same benefits from hypnosis!
What are your policies concerning payment and cancellations?
Payment is required to book an appointment and your appointment is not confirmed until payment is submitted.
Clients must give at least a 24 hour notice of cancellation to receive a full refund.
All cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to appointment time will incur a $50 cancellation fee for all 70–130 minute sessions, and $150 for Past Life Regression sessions. The remainder of your session fee may be applied to reschedule your next session.
No-show appointments will forfeit session fees.
Continuous cancellations and rescheduling of appointments after 3rd reschedule will result in termination of therapy.
If the client is over 15 minutes late, the session is cancelled/considered a no-show and all fees are forfeited.
(Please see "Pricing" page for the full cancellation policy.)