UNDERSTANDING HYPNOSIS

Common Questions

Here you'll find answers to the most common questions I receive about hypnosis. Still have questions? Call me at (816) 714-8485.
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What is hypnosis?
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Hypnosis is a pleasant and relaxing state of focused attention in which beneficial suggestions can be delivered directly to the subconscious mind, enabling you to make positive changes. It is used to build new behaviors or to help attain personal and professional goals.
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What's the difference between hypnotism and psychotherapy?
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Hypnotism is not psychotherapy. Psychotherapy (which I do not provide) is the diagnosis and conversational treatment of mental and emotional disorders. Professional hypnotism (which I do provide) is the use of relaxation and suggestion to adjust habits of thought, feeling, and behavior.
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Can I really be hypnotized?
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Yes. Anyone with the right attitude and motivation has the ability to experience the benefits of hypnosis.
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What does hypnosis feel like?
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During hypnosis, your body relaxes and your thoughts become more focused. Like other relaxation techniques, hypnosis lowers blood pressure and heart rate and changes certain types of brain wave activity. In this relaxed state, you will feel at ease physically, yet fully awake mentally.
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Will I lose consciousness or fall asleep?
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Hypnosis is not sleep. One of the biggest misconceptions is that the hypnotized person will fall asleep or lose conscious awareness. During hypnosis, you are always awake, aware, in control, and you will hear and remember everything the hypnotist says.
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How many sessions will I need?
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I recommend you start with a program of three sessions (some issues require more). While you may experience improvements after one visit, research shows that results are more pronounced with multiple sessions. Appointments are scheduled once a week and last one hour. I encourage my clients to return for reinforcement and encouragement sessions whenever they feel the support would be beneficial.
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Is there scientific evidence that hypnosis works?
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Yes. Hypnosis has been the subject of much scientific research. There have been several thousand individual studies, meta-analysis studies, and formal systematic reviews by leading medical bodies. Hypnosis is now available at some of the most respected hospitals in the country, including Mayo Clinic, Stanford Hospital, and Cleveland Clinic. Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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Are results guaranteed?
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Most of my clients achieve their goals, largely because I limit my practice to motivated people. There are three vital elements that make hypnosis effective for you: motivation, belief, and expectation. Motivation means wanting something (be it quitting smoking or losing weight). Next, you must believe that it is possible to reach your goal. Finally, you must have the expectation that change will occur. Since hypnosis is a partnership between the hypnotist and client, success depends on both participants.
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What happens to your brain when you're hypnotized?
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Researchers at Stanford School of Medicine found changes in three areas of the brain that occur when people are hypnotized. First, they saw a decrease in activity in the dorsal anterior cingulate. Secondly, they saw an increase in connections between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the insula. Lastly, they observed reduced connections between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the default mode network, which includes the medial prefrontal and posterior cingulate cortex. These key areas of the brain are associated with attention, emotion, empathy, memory, decision making, and body function. Source: Brain Activity and Functional Connectivity Associated with Hypnosis.
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Should I use hypnosis in place of seeing my doctor or therapist?
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No. Hypnotism is considered complementary in nature and is not intended as a substitute for traditional medical care or therapy. Consulting Hypnotists deal with self-improvement issues of individuals that do not qualify as medical disorders and are not serious enough to be considered psychological in nature.
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Will insurance cover the cost of my sessions?
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In general, insurance companies do not cover hypnotic services. However, you can use your Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account to pay for your sessions (as long as your FSA or HSA card is affiliated with a major credit card).
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Do you work with children?
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Currently, I only offer services to those over the age of 18.
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Can I bring someone to my appointment?
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There is a waiting room if you would like to bring a friend or spouse to your appointment. However, please keep in mind that your session is private and observers are not allowed.

Hypnosis by Harley Sears
1301 Oak Street | Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 714-8485
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