HYPNOSIS FAQ'S

Common Questions

Here you'll find answers to common questions about hypnosis. You are encouraged to ask questions about anything that is unclear to you. Call (323) 333-9108 or email hypnosis@harleysears.com.
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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 hypnotherapy and psychotherapy?
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Hypnotherapy is not psychotherapy. Psychotherapy (which I do not provide) is the diagnosis and conversational treatment of mental and emotional disorders. Hypnotherapy (which I do provide) is the use of relaxation and suggestion to adjust habits of thought, feeling, and behavior. I am happy to assist in referrals to mental health professionals, if necessary or requested.
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Should I use hypnosis in place of seeing my doctor or therapist?
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Hypnosis is considered complementary and is not a substitute for traditional medical care or counseling. If you're already in therapy, adding hypnosis to your self-care plan can greatly improve your results. In fact, a review of 18 studies found that those who receive psychotherapy plus hypnotherapy have greater improvements than 70% of those who do not receive hypnosis.
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Can I be hypnotized?
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Yes. Anyone with the right attitude and motivation can experience the benefits of hypnosis.
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Will I lose consciousness or fall asleep?
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Hypnosis is not sleep. One of the biggest myths 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 hypnotherapist says.
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How many sessions will I need?
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I recommend you start with a series of three sessions (some issues require more). While you may experience improvements after one visit, research shows that results are stronger with multiple sessions. Your appointments will be scheduled once a week and will 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 rigorous scientific studies that have established and explained its effectiveness. Hypnosis is now available at some of the most esteemed hospitals in the country, including Mayo Clinic, Stanford Hospital, and Cleveland Clinic.
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Are the results guaranteed?
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Most of my clients achieve their goals, partly because I limit my practice to motivated people. Three vital elements 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 expect that change will occur. Since hypnosis is a partnership between the hypnotherapist and client, success depends on both participants.
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What happens to your brain while you're hypnotized?
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Researchers at Stanford School of Medicine found changes in three areas of the brain during hypnosis. 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 critical areas of the brain are associated with attention, emotion, empathy, memory, decision making, and body function.
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How much does it cost?
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I offer private sessions, couples sessions, and telephone sessions. Visits cost $200, however; most people choose a three-session package for $500. Once you complete a package, follow up visits are available at a discounted rate of $100.
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Will insurance cover the cost of my sessions?
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Hypnotherapy is generally not covered by health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid. You can use your Health Savings or Flexible Spending to pay for your sessions (as long as your FSA or HSA card is affiliated with a major credit card).
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What is your cancellation fee?
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Once scheduled, your appointment time is reserved specifically for YOU. If you're running late or unable to make your appointment, please call or text me at (323) 333-9108. I charge a $100 fee for any appointment missed or canceled without 24 hours notice. This fee must be paid before any future sessions can be scheduled.
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Are the details of our sessions confidential?
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It is my responsibility to provide an atmosphere of trust and respect. Hypnotherapy may include discussing private aspects of your life and relationships. Our conversations are considered private, and you have the right to expect that anything you tell me will be held in confidence.
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Can I bring somone to my appointment?
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Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, my waiting room is currently closed. Please keep in mind that your session is private and observers are not allowed.
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Do you work with children?
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No, I work with adult clients only. You must be at least 18 years of age to make an appointment.

Hypnotherapy with Harley Sears
9615 Brighton Way, Suite 219
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(323) 333-9108
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Author: The content on this page was researched, written, and fact-checked by Harley Sears. Last updated on May 1, 2021.