Frequently Asked Questions
How do you get me to relax and what if I can’t?
I get it. You’ve got a busy mind, it’s always on, and you’re not sure you’ll be able to relax. This is very common, and you’re going to do great. I am going to actually teach you how to put yourself into – and take yourself out of -- hypnosis. All the control will be yours. I use multiple relaxation techniques. You’ll learn how to go quickly into a relaxed, yet alert state so that we can move right into the deeper, more important work. You are always in 100% control. Want to stop the hypnosis? Just open your eyes. Yep, that’s right. It’s that easy. If you feel your skeptical mind may need a bit more prep before going into the hypnosis session, I’ll give you a relaxation mp3 to listen to for a few days before the session. This will help you become familiar with my induction technique, my voice, and the process. You’ve got this.
Will I be awake or asleep?
During hypnosis you will be awake, you will hear everything, you are able to pause or stop at any time simply by opening your eyes. You should be able to remember all of the session.
My clients are actually very alert during hypnosis and we talk back and forth, working together to discover connections and causes.
Do you use regression?
I use regression in the RTT sessions. Regression is a powerful tool that allows you to see how past events created unconscious beliefs that are limiting you. Sometimes these past events are painful, and sometimes they are not. Remember, it’s not about what happened to you. The human spirit is so resilient and can recover and thrive after almost anything. Rather, it’s about the meaning you gave to the events. Regression can allow you to understand those meanings and take back your power. Importantly, if we review what was a painful scene, you are aware that you are not reliving it. It’s as if you are watching it on a computer or TV screen. Also, you do not need to go deeply into any trauma to heal it. What we are more focused on is the feeling that you felt back then, and you don’t have to stay in that feeling long at all. We move through scenes rather quickly, accessing the scene to get the feeling and the understanding, and then we let them fade. Also, it is important to know that you have 100% control of what scenes you access, and you will never be forced to bring up a scene you’re not comfortable with. Furthermore, I believe in having fun in hypnosis. We often laugh! My clients often experience a tremendous release.
This is not to say that accessing prior painful memories won’t bring up emotions later, after the session. This can happen. Typically, the processing is not too disturbing because there is a new lens through which to see the event. However, in the case that something gets activated and remains activated, we can deal with it in a follow-up session. I provide online support and I will also give you tools to deal with emotions that may arise outside of sessions.
Can I be made to do or say something I don’t want to in hypnosis?
No, you cannot. You are in full control of what you say and do and if I were to suggest that you do something you don’t believe in, you would reject the suggestion.
Why do I have to listen to my recording every day for 3 weeks? Does that mean the session didn’t work?
For all RTT sessions, I will provide you witha personalized transformational recording. This is because the mind learns by repetition. It’s very important that the suggestions continue to get repeated, repeated, and repeated some more. This will ensure you get the outcome you want. You don’t go to the gym once and say, “Ok, now I worked out.” It requires repetition. The habit has to be built. The new behaviors/beliefs have to be rewired and strengthened so that the brain gets used to the new pathways. What’s great is that your personalized transformational recording will be super relaxing and make you feel awesome. You will love listening to it. If you are purchasing coaching sessions I dont include a recording. However, for an additional fee I will make you one.
Why is the RTT session so long?
An RTT session is 90 minutes – 2 ½ hours. It takes this long because we want to make sure: a) we don’t miss anything important, and; b) we pull the issues out by the roots. Using the same tenacity for digging that I employed as a top-rated research analyst on Wall Street, I look for associations and links that are like viruses on the hard drive of your brain – and together we extract them. Then we take our time to make sure we install all the needed new (empowering) programming. The “Quick” in “HypnoQuick” refers to how quick the results are. Clients have told me they have made as much progress in one or two sessions as in years of therapy!
Can’t I just realize that I have disempowering beliefs and offset them with positive affirmations?
Unfortunately, conscious insight and rational-based work will not permanently eliminate deeply wired patterns. Life would be so much easier if this was the case. Knowing your issues and addressing them with just affirmations can help temporarily but it’s kind of like trimming the top off of a weed and hoping that will cause it to die. Not the best strategy. In our sessions, we extract these beliefs by the roots and make it very difficult for them to return, so that you get lasting results.
Why should I work with you specifically?
There are lots of coaches, hypnotists, and hypnotherapists out there. While there are some who may take a course and get a certificate, I bring to you years of experience and knowledge, encompassing but not limited to:
Many years as a top research analyst and business builder on Wall Street
Coach training from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), the Robbins Madanes Institute, and Strategic Intervention Coaching
Extensive spiritual work in India at O&O Academy
Extensive work on understanding energy
Hypnosis training with Laura King of Summit Hypnosis (2014), Marisa Peer, creator of Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT), Melissa Tiers, John Overdurf, Michael Watson and many more master teachers
Copious courses and retreats with Sheila Kelley of S-Factor
25 years of studying psychology and personal growth, including four years as a Platinum Partner with Tony Robbins
Extensive studies, readings, workshops from many thought leaders in NLP and hypnosis. Hypnosis is my obsession. I am constantly looking for ways to deliver even more rapid and long-lasting results to my clients.
Can I just listen to a generic recording?
Hypnosis is so popular, there are mp3s available everywhere. Generic hypnosis mp3s can be effective with certain habits, behaviors, and issues (if your root issues are the root issues addressed in the mp3). They are especially good at reinforcing, once the root problem is removed. Frankly, listening to almost any hypnosis mp3 is better than watching TV or scrolling on social media. So, go for it. But if you would like your unique, personal challenge addressed once and for all, there is no substitute for a personalized session. Funny story…my first hypnosis teacher, Laura King once told me about a client of hers who was looking for help with anxiety. She did a one-hour session with her and gave her a CD to take home and listen to. She thought she was giving her the Anxiety CD. But it was mislabeled. It was actually a CD for cheerleaders. When Laura saw the client the following week, she asked how she was feeling. The client said, “I feel great. That CD makes me feel like a girl again, and I am cheering for myself!” It just goes to show you that almost any recording with positive suggestions is better than what we are typically listening to (our own negative thoughts, the news, cynical social media posts, and negative friends and colleagues)!
How does hypnosis compare to therapy? Can they be done together?
I believe that for goal-oriented results, traditional talk therapy is not sufficient on its own. It's much more effective when combined with other resources. Talk therapy typically involves more time being spent on the past (why something happened to you, how it made you feel) than in a hypnosis-based practice, and it also typically deals primarily with the conscious mind. Many of our clients are in therapy or have been in therapy. These clients often have pretty clear understandings in their rational minds of their issues. However, they remain stuck in unconscious programs. And sometimes they are defined by a diagnosis. A good therapist is an important resource, and I especially love to refer to therapists who understand how to work with the body (somatic work), to help clients get in touch with feelings and to work through certain issues. Hypnosis is a great complement to traditional therapy. Often, time spent in therapy can help to identify issues and triggers that can be dealt with rapidly and effectively in hypnosis. Also, in cases of extreme trauma, abuse, divorce, or grieving, I almost always recommend that someone see a therapist to work through those issues. It is very healing to be validated, and to have a trusting relationship with someone who sees the client every week and holds space for them through a difficult time.
How does hypnosis compare with coaching?
I was a life coach before I learned hypnosis, and I’m still a coach. Today, hypnosis is my most powerful tool. A good coach keeps you focused on managing your emotional state, your goals, and making sure you are fulfilled. In my practice I provide coaching as well as hypnosis. Some clients opt for weekly or biweekly coaching/hypnosis calls, and we do an RTT hypnosis session when needed. Coaching without hypnosis is limited, because you are only dealing with the conscious mind. To understand why this is massively limiting, read our section called Your Amazing Brain.
What is a Discovery Session?
A Discovery Session is part of the RTT process. The RTT process actually encompasses two separate sessions. We begin with a 45-60 minute Discovery Session (virtual, with Zoom or Skype). This is a prep session – it’s about investigating, planning, and prepping, so that you have an awesomely transformational RTT session. During this prep session I’ll focus intently on understanding the outcome you’d like to achieve. What would you like to move past? What goal are you going for? I’ll get to know a bit more about you. I’ll ask you about the challenges and issues you’re facing. I’ll help you get very clear on what you want, and together we’ll brainstorm and craft the suggestions that you want. You’ll be well prepared you for your RTT session, which will take place a couple days later, or the following week. In the RTT session I will use the suggestions you have already told me you want.
How many sessions will I need?
If you are looking to deal with a singular, standalone issue (more confidence to speak in public or making a transition to a new job or venture), you may just need one coaching/hypnosis session. If you have complex issues, that likely stem from childhood, I would start with a 60- or 90-minute coaching/hypnosis session and then book an RTT session. Everyone is different. Some people like to have regular sessions, to clear out anything that's bothering them and to work on new goals or challenges. Some clients like to do quarterly tune-ups. Once you have a session or two, you'll know what's right for you.