Published on December 31, 2016

17 Hypnotherapy Answers to Start Your 2017

By Brooke Lemke, Hypnotherapist at Genesis Health System

Hypnotherapy and Your 2017Happy New Year! There are so many incredible resources out there today to help you make 2017 a great year!

Today, I am going to answer the most common questions I get about hypnotherapy. My hope is to help you decide whether hypnotherapy is a right fit for you in 2017.

If you have additional questions after reading this blog, you can fill out the consult form below, or join me LIVE on Facebook on Jan. 16 at 6:15 p.m. to ask your questions! Let’s work together and make things happen!

1. Are you going to make me quack like a duck?

This IS the number one question I get on almost a daily basis. And the answer is no. I tell everyone, I have no desire to make you quack like a duck. If you’re coming to me, we’re working together on making changes in your life to help you live a better quality of life.

2. Is it mind control?

No, I can’t make you say or do anything you don’t want to do. You are in a hyper-suggestible state where you are willing to take in positive suggestions. These suggestions are catered to you and what you want. We work as a team to find the right suggestions for you during the cognitive portion of your session.

3. Will I remember the hypnosis?

Everyone responds in their own way to hypnosis. Some clients do go deep to the point where they do not remember the hypnosis. Some clients will say “I remember every word you said” and others will say “I remembered you talking, but I was also thinking about work and errands”.

4. What will it feel like?

Again, everyone is different. You may feel lighter, heavier, warmer, cooler, tingly, or like you're floating--just to name a few physical descriptions. Some clients will say they didn’t feel anything physically, but they felt calm and/or relaxed.

5. Can you make me remember or erase memories?

Memories are very important to us. If the subconscious has repressed a memory, it did so for your survival and we will not go digging for it. As you begin to cope in a healthier way, the subconscious will feel safe to bring up memories and will do so when it is ready.

With that being said, we do not erase memories because the subconscious is bringing them up for you to deal with and to heal so you can move forward.

6. How does hypnosis work?

Hypnosis is a natural state that we go into throughout the day when the critical area of the mind becomes overloaded with message units, triggering our fight/flight mechanisms. This in turn creates a hyper-suggestible state, giving us access to the subconscious.

A few examples: driving a car, reading a book, watching TV, right before we fall asleep, and even during conversations. Instead of you going into it involuntarily throughout your day, you go into it willingly in a clinical setting. We use that hyper-suggestible state to create positive changes.

I’ve written a few blogs at the beginning of last year that dive into the depths of hypnosis. Please check them out for detailed information.

7. Can you fix me?

As a hypnotherapist, I don’t believe you’re broken. I cannot “fix” you. I will show you in your first session exactly why you’re not broken, but rather your subconscious programming isn’t on the same page as your conscious. This is something that needs to be changed, not “fixed”

8. How many sessions does it take?

This really depends on you as an individual. Two people can come in with the same issue but have completely different programming. One person could be done in 1-3 sessions, and another person could take several sessions.

What’s important to understand is that you’re not a “failure” with hypnosis. It can go quick or it can take some time. But no matter what, everything we discover through hypnosis is a success.

9. What do I need for hypnosis to be the most successful it can be?

The key ingredients needed when coming in for hypnosis include the following:

  • Desire to make a change
  • Commitment to yourself to make the change
  • Willingness to go into hypnosis
  • Patience

Plus, listening to your recording on a regular basis and doing your “homework” will speed up the results through the law of repetition. The brain is a muscle and it needs exercise. Your neuro pathways love repetition so they can become stronger!

PLEASE NOTE: If you have a smart phone or any recording device, bring that in and I’ll record the hypnosis portion of your session for you.

10. How soon will I see results?

Again, this is an individual experience. Some clients will leave their session and feel a shift happening right away. Others will have a delayed response, meaning it takes a few days before they notice a shift. And few will say things got worse for a day or two and then saw improvement.

This is because we’re changing neuro pathways in the mind, and your subconscious will respond how it sees fit. I’m not waving a magic wand and then “poof” all the problems are gone.

You’ll notice shifts happening mentally and emotionally with the changes become easier. You’ll also notice the arguing in your mind quiets and calms down. Nearly 80 percent of clients will report a shift or improvement after 1-2 sessions.

11. Does insurance cover hypnotherapy?

At this time, Genesis is not accepting insurance for this service. It’s difficult to say if or when that will change. For now, we accept cash, check, and credit/debit. Your health savings account may cover this service, but you’ll have to check with them first.

12. Do I need a referral?

If it’s for self-improvement, no. For example, self-esteem, confidence, motivation, habit modification, etc.

If it’s for a medical or psychological condition, I do request a referral. This creates a team approach and lets me know they’re okay with you moving ahead with hypnotherapy for your condition. I want to make sure you’re being monitored appropriately rather than delaying care that you may need prior to starting hypnotherapy.

The referral can be sent to me via fax, email or phone. That information can be provided to you if you fill out the consult form or call the clinic at 563-421-3460.

I do not need a referral for insurance purposes. Are you unsure if you need a referral? Let’s do a phone consult! Fill out the form below!

13. How long are the sessions?

The first session is 90 minutes and subsequent sessions are 50 minutes.

The first session for pre-teens/teens rarely reaches 90 minutes, but we still schedule it for 90 minutes.

Children 4-8 will be scheduled for a 50-minute session for their first session. The youngest I’ll work with is 4-years-old.

Every session will have hypnosis for 12-20 minutes depending on the issue we’re working on in that session.

14. How much are the sessions?

The 90-minute session is $100 and the 50-minute sessions are $85. We do offer a package of three 50-minute sessions for $225. Genesis employees get a discount.

15. When are you in the office?

My office schedule is:
Monday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

16. Where are you located?

I'm at 4017 Devils Glen Road, Suite 100, Bettendorf, IA 52722. I am in the Genesis Physical Therapy and Wellness building right next to the YMCA.

17. What if I have other questions?

Questions? Ready to schedule? Give me a call, or feel free to fill out the consult form at the end of this page.

Wanna learn even more about Hypnotherapy? Join me for a Facebook Live QA on Jan. 16 at 6:15 p.m.

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