About 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.  Hypnotherapy is considered a form of alternative medicine by insurance companies.

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 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 medical 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.

Do you offer virtual or online therapy?

Yes, virtual sessions are available.  I can use the HIPAA compliant Zoom, but most of my clients prefer using the more popular Skype, which is fine by me provided you know it is not HIPAA compliant.   You can also drop messages on my business Skype account and I will see them eventually and can respond there.  I am only on when I am about to have a session.  Skype : afterhourshypnotherapy @ gmail.com

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.

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.  You will hear my voice at all times.

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 hypnotherapist has 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.

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.  I have 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. I cannot guarantee any insurance will reimburse for hypnotherapy at this time.