What is hypnosis/hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis is an ancient healing art and is characterized by a highly focused, natural trance state where your body is extraordinarily relaxed and your conscious ‘analytical’ mind is at rest.  It is in this state that your subconscious ‘imaginative’ mind is open and receptive and highly responsive to suggestion and recall.  All of us naturally go into a hypnotic state whenever we experience selective awareness, such as when watching a movie, reading a book, listening to music or driving on the highway.  Most of us have experienced driving home but not remembering the drive because of being in a trance state.  The power of hypnosis resides with you and not with the hypnotherapist.  You are in control.

Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic technique that is used while you are in hypnosis. This trance state enables you to freely explore and communicate with your subconscious mind.

What is the Conscious?

The conscious is only about 5% -10% of the mind and is the analytical reasoning part.  It controls the 5 senses and will power.

What is the Subconscious?

The subconscious is the other 90% -95% of the mind and is the seat of emotions and imagination.  It is the gateway to powerful creative imagination and is where every memory and belief is stored. 

How many sessions will it take?

Generally, hypnotherapy is short term therapy.  The average number of sessions per issue or goal is 3 – 10 sessions but can vary depending on the issue. 

What is the difference between hypnosis and meditation?

Hypnosis and meditation are two sides of the same coin.  While they are similar practices… they can have different outcomes.  In general, the difference is what method you use to enter into a ‘trance’ state and the outcome achieved.  Hypnosis is generally a deep state of relaxation entered by a guided visualization, while meditation is a deep state of relaxation entered by individual focus.  Meditation is the practice of quieting the mind of all thoughts and thinking.  With hypnosis you are targeting a defined result through quieting the mind, such as breaking a bad habit, ending an unnecessary fear or accessing stored memory.   Both use breathing to achieve the quieting of the mind.

Will I do things I don’t want to do in hypnosis? (Will I cluck like a chicken?)

NO!  Unfortunately, the media and entertainment/stage hypnosis has ‘programmed’ many people to believe that if they are hypnotized they will do things against their will or their moral code.  This is absolutely false.   The Law of Dominate Effect (see below for definition) will not allow you to do anything against your will or moral code.  The reason that people “cluck like a chicken” during a stage hypnotist’s performance is because they want to be part of the performance and have subconsciously agreed to do whatever they are told.  But they remain in control the entire time.  The truth about stage hypnotists is that they develop a skill selecting volunteers who are naturally more extroverted and uninhibited to perform because those volunteers make a successful, entertaining show.

It is also important to note that while you are in hypnosis, you are in even more control than usual.  You are completely present and there is no mind chatter to distract you.

What is The Law of Dominate Effect?

The Law of Dominate Effect is when the strongest emotion has dominance over other emotions and reason.  A good example for you to consider is the way a person’s subconscious reacts to a fear.  If someone has a great fear of spiders, even if they are protected by a glass enclosure where there is no chance the spider can get to them, the moment they see a spider, their reaction to their fear kicks in. The fearful person’s physiology may change. They may begin to quiver or sweat and possibly even wail or scream in fear.  In this example, it is easy to see the most dominate emotion, fear, overrides the person’s reasoning ability and knowledge that they are safe.  In real life, this isn’t confined to just fear, it can include joy, anger, sadness, grief, etc.

Is it harder for a strong minded person to be hypnotized?

Generally, the opposite is true.  Intelligent, creative and high functioning people have experience controlling their minds so they generally experience hypnosis more easily.  You are in control so if you want to experience hypnosis and allow it, you will.  If you choose to resist it, you won’t go into hypnosis.  Having said that, some people have previously experienced difficulty going into a hypnotic state and may benefit from a different technique.  If you have had difficulty in the past with hypnosis but want to try it again, discuss it with your hypnotherapist.

Will my information be kept confidential?

Complete confidentiality of your records and information is taken very seriously and your information will NOT be shared with anyone without your written authorization.  The conditions that justify the release of information by law, without your authorization, and must be reported to the appropriate agency, are the following:

1. Knowledge of child abuse or neglect.

2. Knowledge of senior citizen abuse or neglect.

3. A client poses a serious risk of suicide and is an imminent danger to self.

4. A client poses a threat of imminent danger to another person.

All other information is kept completely confidential and falls within the scope of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).

Is Hypnotherapy covered by insurance/Can I use my HSA for hypnotherapy?

As more studies and research give scientific credence to the effectiveness of hypnotherapy, more and more insurance companies are seeing the value of hypnotherapy and are offering coverage… so it is possible that your insurance company does cover hypnotherapy services.  Ultimately, you’ll want to check with your insurance company to find out if hypnotherapy is covered.  SOULICA does not bill insurance and all fees are due upon receipt of services.  If your insurance company does cover hypnotherapy services, you can submit your receipt to your insurance company for reimbursement.  Often, Health Care Savings Accounts (HSA’s) can be used for hypnotherapy services but may require a prescription or order by a physician.  While SOULICA will provide you a receipt for services, it is your responsibility to work with your insurance and HSA to determine eligibility requirements and reimbursement.