Common Questions

Is Counseling and/or Hypnosis right for me?
Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing personal, family or relationship issues, for situational challenges or to help in difficult decision making or finding roadblocks. Other times it is in response to changes in one’s life such as becoming a parent, divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of a clinician as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist in counseling, hypnotherapy or integrative therapy can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Counseling and Hypnotherapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.

How can Counseling and Hypnosis help me?
Many benefits are available from participating in counseling or hypnosis. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, stress management, body image issues, creative blocks and more. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or help you find direction to reach a solution. The benefits you obtain from a therapeutic service depend greatly on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.

Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
• Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
• Developing skills for improving your relationships
• Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that you may have
• Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
• Working through anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
• Improving communications and listening skills
• Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
• Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
• Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

What is Counseling/Hypnosis like?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors or journaling. It is important process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions.

Hypnosis is a safe and pleasant state is being, where you are relaxed and able to let go of your day to day concerns. It is a state where your mind is unconcerned with problems are is receptive to ideas and beliefs, open to change and creating the reality that you wish for yourself. In Hypnosis, you are in a very deep state of relaxation, a safe space, where you are aware of your surroundings and are completely in control. Hypnotherapy has proven to be an effective technique in various areas for many people. Our minds are powerful and full of hope and possibility. Allow yourself the opportunity to change those areas that you have been struggling with. During Hypnosis you are able to speak, answer questions, and recall events that may have been forgotten by your conscious mind. After hypnosis you will remember everything you “see” or think while in the hypnotic trance state. Clients are extremely rested and calm after a Hypnotherapy session.

Here are some things you can expect out of counseling/hypnosis:
• Compassion, respect and understanding
• Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
• Real strategies for enacting positive change
• Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance

In order for psychotherapy and hypnotherapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking therapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. They will attend sessions as they are recommended and discuss openly their needs and progress.

Do I really need Counseling/Hypnosis? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, Counseling and Hypnosis is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you’re at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy and Hypnosis provide long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.

Can anyone be hypnotized?
If you are mentally healthy and are willing to be hypnotized then you can be hypnotized. Allowing yourself permission to be hypnotized is all you need to help you begin attaining your goals through Hypnosis. Certain disorders and some medications may affect the hypnotherapy process. Some people convince themselves beforehand that hypnotherapy will not work for them, creating a block to the process.

Is Hypnosis Safe?
During Hypnotherapy the client is in control and aware at all times. No one can get stuck in hypnosis. Although superficial inhibitions maybe lowered, people under hypnosis will not say or do anything that they do not wish to, or that contradicts their sense of what is right. A hypnotized client will not access suppressed information he or she is not ready to deal with.

Is medication a substitute for Counseling/Hypnosis?
In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what’s best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.

Does what we do or talk about in a session remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist’s office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team, such as a doctor, school, attorney, etc. In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.

However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:
• Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
• If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
• If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.