Frequently Asked Questions About Benefits of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a state of guided focused concentration by which an altered state of consciousness is produced.  After producing deep mental relaxation, changes in the subconscious can take place to make changes in one’s behavior.  

What can Hypnotherapy help with?

We have a list of what our clients have had us help with here.

What are your qualifications?

I am an Honors graduate of the Hypnosis Motivation Institute College of Hypnotherapy which required 300 clock hours of hypnotherapy education. This is the only nationally accredited college that offers a hypnotherapy major.

Certification as a hypnotherapist came from the Hypnotherapist’s Union Local 472. Unlike other hypnosis certifying agencies which require fewer hours, the union requires 200 clinical hours (on top of 300 lecture hours) to become certified. This is a total of 500 hours which is more than any other certifying agency in the United States.

There is no such think as a “clinical hypnotherapist,” “board certified hypnotherapist,” or “licensed hypnotherapist.” While I have a license, I am not allowed to use those terms due to state and federal law. If a hypnotherapist has a LPC, a psychology license, or an MD-level medical license then they can apply for the title of “certified clinical hypnotherapist” from either the National Board or the Hypnotherapist Union.  I am currently pursuing the further education required to obtain this qualification.  

What type of hypnosis do you use?

While I have been trained in several hypnosis modalities, I prefer to work from an NLP/Ericksonian perspective. However, every client is unique and I believe by learning many modalities and being on the edge of clinical hypnosis research, I can respond better to the needs of my clients.

I have been trained in Kappasian hypnosis and Ericksonian.  I much prefer Ericksonian.  

Relationship problems will usually be described with Kappasian sexual modalities and theories as it appears to be the most accurate.

Do you offer virtual or online therapy?

Yes, virtual sessions are available.

How many sessions will it take?

Number of sessions will vary based on your personal goals. I recommend a minimum of three sessions for most issues. Weight loss may require more and anxiety may require less depending on the person.  It is an ethical violation to promise anything can be solved in a set amount of session.

What does trance feel like?

It varies.  Everyone experiences trance differently. Some of the things you may experience include a sense of calmness, euphoria, a cozy feeling, feeling warm, feeling heavy or light, or you may see images.  They are all legitimate trance experiences.  I can reassure you that trance is not like how Hollywood depicts it.  If anything, you are most likely to feel relaxed.  Generally, you will hear my voice at all times unless you are a somnambulist and then you might lose me from time to time.

What will I feel like after?

Some feel tired and others feel like they just woke up from a nap.  Both are common.  If you feel too tired to drive home, please do not do so.

Will you make me bark like a dog/cluck like a chicken?

My former hypnotherapist had a good response to that, “Do you want me to?”

Generally, you will not do anything in hypnosis that you will not do while awake. People have been known to snap out of trance because the hypnotist made a suggestion that went against their value system. Of all of the clients I have seen in trance in my office, in shows, and all of the books I have read, there has only been one person who has broken from their value system and acted out of character. This behavior was not guided or suggested while in hypnosis, but it was very entertaining to me who was very surprised!

Wait, you see a hypnotherapist?

Yes, I did for a long time.  I still consider him my hypnotherapist.  He helped with issues which would be difficult for me to resolve through self hypnosis.  He helped encourage me to pursue this field. He helped me be a better hypnotherapist which means I can give my clients better experiences.  

Can I get stuck in trance?

No, even if I died when in session, you would do one of two things: you would either bounce out of trance immediately or you would convert into a more normal sleep and wake up naturally.

Can hypnosis cure everything?

Unfortunately no. However, it can help with some medication side effects and illnesses.

Do you have to be weak willed or stupid to go into trance?

It is a myth that you have to be weak willed or “stupid” to go into trance.  Trance works the best with people of normal to above average intelligence because of the concentration required.  The majority of people experience trance everyday. When you are absorbed into a TV show or a book or if you have ever missed your exit on a highway, that is a state of trance. Trance is not mysterious and can be developed by any person willing to enter into the state.

What if I need help out of your scope of expertise?

If you need help that I cannot provide, I am happy to refer you to some of my colleagues.  I have a list of psychologists and physicians in the Augusta area that I feel confident about referring you to as well as a few contacts in the Atlanta area.

What insurance do you take?

We do not take insurance.

After Hours Hypnotherapy is a premium practice that follows a hybrid concierge model. I believe it is more important to work with the client and do what is in their best interest and not what insurance says I must do. This means that I do not bill insurance. If you wish, I can provide an invoice which you can submit to your insurance to attempt to allow you to get reimbursed. Please ask for this prior to the session as it is easier to generate if the session is not pre-paid.  I cannot guarantee any insurance will reimburse for hypnotherapy at this time.  Despite not taking insurance, referrals might be needed. 

If you do not take insurance, why might I need a referral?

It is a common misconception that referrals are only used for medical insurance to see specialists.  That has never been the case and people have been referring to each other for hundreds of years.

Legally, any psychologist, counselor, or doctor who practices hypnosis is required to have a full unrestricted license with a board certification in that specialty and a scope of practice that is state (if not federally) recognized covering that disorder to work with it.  Otherwise, they are legally required to get a referral from someone with an existing provider-client relationship whose scope does cover that disorder.

Further, Certified Hypnotherapists without state licenses may only see clients without any medical or psychological diagnosed disorders even if that is not what they are coming in for according to the terms of their professional liability insurance.  Otherwise they run the risk of being accused of practicing medicine or psychology without a license.  This risk is also negated with a referral from a licensed provider.

I have a friend who I would like to pay for them to have a session, can I pay for their session?

Yes, you can either purchase a giftcard through Square or text our receptionist and we can arrange for something outside of Square.