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What Is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is an art and science of communicating, both verbally and nonverbally, in a way that is more capable of influencing the subject's unconscious mind, direct, indirect, or metaphorical suggestions, and that typically lessens conscious involvement in the communication.

Does Hypnosis Actually Work the Way It's Portrayed in Entertainment Media?

Many entertainment media portrayals of hypnosis are inaccurate and do not represent the real-life nature, capabilities, and theories of hypnosis.  While the degree of accuracy or inaccuracy will be source-specific, often the media inaccurately portrays hypnosis as some near- instantaneous and irresistible supernatural art that for no explicable reason compels someone to do what the hypnotist simply tells them to do. That's not how it works. Merely voicing a command is not consistent with any hypnotic methods of suggestion, the methods hypnotists use are based on empirically studied psychological and neuro-scientific concepts, and while some forms of hypnosis and hypnotic-theory inspired techniques of persuasion are less overt and more subtle than others, no form of hypnosis is truly irresistible where the subject outright decides they don't want to follow the suggestion or where the unconscious is already primed by strong personal morals or beliefs to reject that kind of suggestion.  Hypnosis can be adapted for highly persuasive conversational applications that can be subtle or covert, and even clinically that form may work better for some specific changes, but even then its a form of persuasive, not compulsive influence that just is more effective than many other conversational tactics due to the use of overlapping concepts with hypnosis.  It is not programmed compulsion or mind control.  Further, the largest and most profound changes in mindset or behavior require overt hypnotic methods that the subject must voluntarily and collaboratively participate in; it is not forcible mind control.


Also, the use of visually mesmerizing props to induce trance that the media commonly makes symbolic of hypnosis or required for it is a very niche trance induction aid (deep trance induction is just one step of only some forms and methods of hypnosis) that is not commonly used in most real applications of hypnosis.

Can Hypnosis Force Me to Do Something or Remove Free Will?

Merely voicing a command is not consistent with any hypnotic methods of suggestion, and while some forms of hypnosis and hypnotic-theory inspired techniques of persuasion are less overt and more subtle than others, no form of hypnosis is truly irresistible where the subject outright decides they don't want to follow the suggestion or where the unconscious is already primed by strong personal morals or beliefs to reject that kind of suggestion.  The largest and most profound changes in mindset or behavior require overt hypnotic methods that the subject must voluntarily and collaboratively participate in; it is not forcible mind control. While hypnosis can be adapted for highly persuasive conversational applications that can be subtle or covert, and even clinically that form may work better for some specific changes, even then its a form of persuasive, not compulsive, influence that is more effective than many other conversational tactics due to the use of overlapping concepts with hypnosis.

How Does Hypnotherapy Fit In?

Hypnosis as it is more broadly defined can be used in less clinical, therapeutic or purpose-driven contexts than the specific applications that comprise hypnotherapy.  For example, Street Hypnosis and Stage Hypnosis, which are primarily used to entertain.


For Hypnotherapy specifically, the most collaborative, mutually desired-goal based methods which can make the larger and more profound changes is made available by the client having sought the hypnotist specifically to do that, and the suggestions that are made via hypnosis are specially designed to be beneficial to a reconciliation of conscious-unconscious conflicting values of the subject, or to re-association of their important mental reference points to better perspectives, mental frames, or learned heuristics towards a goal the subject already at least perceives themself to at least desire, if not have.


Some of the most effective methods of hypnosis for a therapeutic resolution to a client concern were pioneered by a psychiatrist, Dr. Milton Erickson, who encountered tremendous adversity due to contracting polio at 17 and becoming paralyzed, and through extraordinary willpower began to discover aspects of his mind that he could use to mitigate some of the paralysis, which discoveries he developed as a psychiatrist into forming and championing a uniquely effective style of medical and clinical hypnosis.  His style and methods for hypnotherapy, named Ericksonian Hypnotherapy after him, is a particular favorite practice style of mine, which I was trained and certified in specifically. Dr. Erickson's work was also the foundation for other, more indirect forms of hypnosis, including conversational hypnosis.

What Is Neuro-Linguistic Programming and How Does It Relate?

Neuro-Linguistic Programming was developed by Drs. Richard Bandler and John Grinder, and is best described as a collection of concepts and techniques for a combination of critical thinking and communication science that was empirically modeled based on the styles of acclaimed clinical therapists, particularly Virginia Satir and Milton Erickson.  It is not exclusively a therapy, though it can be used to further enhance hypnotherapy as I do here, but is rather more of a school of philosophy and can apply to negotiation theory, business presentations and sales, critical thinking, and interpersonal communication very generally.  Some of these concepts include reframing the call of an issue to show it in a light that brings a different context into focus, and to do this most effectively, being able to "chunk" from high levels of abstraction to high levels of specific detail; using a "Meta Model" to reach the heart of the matter at issue that needs to be addressed; specific Ericksonian Hypnosis techniques ("Milton Model"); the synaptic associative properties of the brain and its ability to be used therapeutically by creating beneficial "anchors" or remove ones based on fallacious complex equivalences; helping people find unifying values to weigh the conflicting desires that may weigh on a high-conflict decision (by "parts integration"); and a general similar focus on the conscious-unconscious dichotomy upon which hypnosis is also founded and how it effects the strategy of interpersonal communication and/or public speaking.

Can Hypnotherapy Help My Issue, Concern, or Goal?

This depends on the goal, and often, the person.  I believe very strongly in the benefits hypnotherapy can have, and while the adage "your mileage may vary" does apply, hypnotherapy is a powerful tool for many applications.  You may be a good candidate for hypnotherapy if your purpose is to make a voluntary, desired change to the way your mind behaves (e.g. its reactions under a set of conditions) at the unconscious level or to deepen your commitment to make a change in a higher receptivity mental state.

Why Doesn't the Change Always Apply As Soon As I'm Hypnotized or Permanently Apply After 1 Session?

Hypnosis is rarely as simple as some lay myths would indicate, as it isn't an instantaneous supernatural type of mind control the way it is sometimes portrayed in entertainment media, and many presenting issues can be complex and multi-factorial as to the set of mental obstacles to the desired end that must be addressed.  Sometimes feedback on the effects of the earlier session(s) provides critical information for how to improve upon those results in the design of the subsequent session(s).  Other times, your mind simply needs reinforcement in order to anchor the unconscious insights reached during the session to a wider range of the mental and emotional states or mindsets you might present in on any given day, and thus recall them unconsciously in a wider range of situational contexts.  Experiences will vary on this.  


As time passes from the session(s), you will of course have new experiences, which will cumulatively reshape the landscape of your mind.  As this happens, the frames you typically process your everyday routines in may shift away from those your unconscious mind will continue to associate with the insights it obtained during the hypnotherapy, and the effects may become diluted.  Sometimes a person may eventually need to come back to renew or maintain the progress made.

How Many Sessions Do You Predict My Goal Will Require?

Generally, best results and results that are most likely to last long-term will often require multiple sessions, though sometimes lifelong and life-changing results occur after only a single session.  Specific recommendations for individualized circumstances, including your goal, personality, and budget, can be made if you schedule a complimentary phone consultation, if desired.  More generally, for most goals I'd recommend 4-7 sessions, the first at least 90 minutes and sometimes 120 minutes, and subsequent session lengths highly dependent on the issue, but should typically be 45-60 minutes.

How Much Do You Charge and How Can I Save Money?

My services are generally presently priced as low as $40/hour and no higher than $180/hour, excluding transit expenses for in person sessions.  Where in this range depends on how flexible about scheduling times and able to schedule with substantial advance notice you are, and on whether you purchase as you go or through a prepaid bundle.  To save, schedule as light of a workload time as you can and purchase your follow-up sessions in lot(s) of 6 prepaid follow-up sessions and/or with your initial session.

What If My Goal Is Related to a Medical Concern?

If your goal is related to a medical concern, I would first and foremost recommend that you seek appropriate medical advice and care from qualified professionals and then, in considering whether hypnotherapy could be a supplemental aid to you, consulting the opinion on that from your medical care provider(s).


Many of the things I believe and have anecdotally experienced hypnotherapy aiding can overlap with issues that are symptoms of a medical concern.  By law, I can not and do not claim to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure the medical issue itself.  It is your sole responsibility to, advisably with the assistance of your doctor, determine if the particular symptom(s), regardless of cause, arise from a medical condition and whether, if they do, hypnotherapy would be a safe and prudent alternative or supplement to the care recommended by your doctor.  


I am happy to perform hypnotherapy where I honestly believe that it would be safe and beneficial to the issue and not against the advice of your doctor, subject to the above, but it will be to address that potential symptom(s) and should not be relied upon as treatment for any medical issue, nor should you seek hypnotherapy without or against the advice of your doctor if you suspect it would relate to a medical concern.

Do You Have a Physical Office Location? May I Call You For Help or Inquiries?

Do you have a physical office location?

I do not presently have a physical office location.  The overhead costs of leasing and operating a commercial office in Silicon Valley would force an unjustifiable and quite massive increase in my rates, and I am sensitive to how busy the schedules of many of my clients are, and so believe I can offer a more affordable and more convenient service by either videoconferencing from home or coming to your location instead where an in person session is desired.


May I Call You For Help or Inquiries?

I do offer one complimentary up to 15-minute phone consultation per person for this, which is by appointment only.  I'm generally not able to accept unscheduled phone calls, but you may still contact me by webform with general, brief questions, or if you need support with technical assistance for the website, or if you need support in making a purchase, or if you have a customer service issue regarding a purchase you've already made.

I'd Like to Give it a Try! How May I Engage Your Services?

There are many packages to choose from, which are described in detail on my Services webpage, and then once you've made your selection:

1.  If you've decided to purchase session-by-session, you would schedule your 30 minute phone intake, then within 24 hours of scheduling such, also schedule your Initial Session which includes the intake in the price but should be scheduled for after your phone intake.  The Initial Session, and any later Follow-Up Session, will require a credit card to guarantee the appointment, which if you decide to pay by the session will be charged at time of service and vaulted until then, subject to charge at the price of the individual session in case of cancellation without 48 hours notice or no-show.


2.  If you've decided to purchase any of my prepaid bundles, you may still schedule all appointments in the bundle online.  You'll need to use a credit card to guarantee the sessions in the scheduling tool, but this will not be charged then or at the listed price therein; you can debit your prepaid bundle for the appointment at time of service, and so long as you don't no-show or cancel with less than 48 hours notice, you won't be charged the scheduling tool amount.  You'll be charged by the session only for the house or office call session transit fee, where applicable, once you've prepaid for the bundle.  Once the appointments are scheduled, to actually purchase and prepay for the bundle, please contact me by webform and pay through the invoice that I'll then email you at least 24 hours prior to your first appointment.

Still Have A Question?

You can schedule a complimentary phone consultation or contact me by webform.