HYPNOSIS FAQ'S

Common Questions

Hypnosis dates back to the 18th century when German physician Franz Anton Mesmer developed "mesmerism." The story of hypnosis includes some of the most fascinating names in history; from Sigmund Freud, Benjamin Franklin, and Marie Antoinette to Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
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What is hypnosis?
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Hypnosis is a pleasant and relaxing state of focused attention where beneficial suggestions can be given directly to the subconscious mind, enabling you to make positive changes. It is a science-based technique that involves learning how to use your mind and thoughts to regulate emotional distress, unpleasant physical symptoms, or break unwanted habits.
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Can I be hypnotized?
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While it's true that some people are more hypnotizable than others, anyone with the right attitude and motivation can enjoy the benefits of hypnosis.
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Is hypnosis safe?
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Yes. Hypnosis is safe and effective when conducted by a qualified and experienced professional. Despite what you've seen in movies, hypnosis has nothing to do with mind control or brainwashing. During hypnosis, you are 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 package of three sessions. While many clients 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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How much does it cost?
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One-hour sessions cost $200, however; most people choose a three-session package for $500. I accept debit, credit, HSA cards, FSA cards, and Afterpay. Afterpay allows you to split your payment into four interest-free installments over six weeks. Simply download Afterpay in the app store, then pay with your digital card at the end of your appointment.
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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. Hypnotherapy is now available at some of the most esteemed hospitals in the country, including UCLA, Mayo Clinic, Stanford Hospital, and Cleveland Clinic.
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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.

*Source: Brain Activity and Functional Connectivity Associated with Hypnosis
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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 emotional and mental disorders. Hypnotherapy (which I do provide) is the use of relaxation and suggestion to adjust habits of thought, feeling, and behavior.
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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. I do not diagnose, prescribe, or treat any medical or psychological disorders. However, if you're already in therapy, incorporating hypnosis to your self-care plan can greatly improve your results. 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.

*Source: Hypnosis as an Adjunct to Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy
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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 elements will make hypnosis effective for you: motivation, belief, and expectation. Motivation means wanting something. Next, you must believe that it is possible to reach your goal. Finally, you must expect that change will occur. Since hypnosis is a behavioral technique, it is less effective for those who are unmotivated or unwilling to commit to the process.
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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. My full fee is charged for appointments canceled or rescheduled without 24-hours notice. No-shows will also be billed my full fee.
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Can I bring somone to my appointment?
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There is a waiting room if you would like to bring someone with you. However, please keep in mind that your sessions are 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
9465 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 300
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(323) 333-9108
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Author: The content on this page was researched, written, and fact-checked by Harley Sears. Last updated June 1, 2022.