UNDERSTANDING HYPNOSIS

Common Questions

Here you'll find answers to the most frequently asked questions I receive about my practice. Still have questions? Call or text me at (816) 714-8185.
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What is hypnosis?
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Hypnosis is a pleasant state of focused attention and deep relaxation during which beneficial suggestions and imagery are used to alter emotional or physical symptoms. It involves learning how to use your mind and thoughts to regulate emotional distress, unpleasant physical symptoms, or to break unwanted habits.
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Can I be hypnotized?
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Yes. All people have some level of hypnotizability. Some are low, most are in the mid-range, and some are high. While it's true that some people respond more quickly than others, everyone is hypnotizable and can achieve the same benefits from hypnosis.
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What does hypnosis feel like?
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Each person's experience of hypnosis is different from the experience of others. Typically, your body relaxes and your thoughts become more focused. In this relaxed state, you will feel at ease physically, yet fully awake mentally. Your conscious mind becomes less alert, while your subconscious mind becomes more focused.
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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). I do not offer one session "quick fixes." 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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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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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, many meta-analysis studies, and several formal systematic studies of hypnosis by leading medical bodies.
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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.
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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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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 quality 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.
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What is your cancellation policy?
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You can cancel your appointment up to 24 hours before your scheduled session without a fee. If you cancel less than 24 hours before your appointment, you will be charged for the full cost of your appointment.

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Hypnosis by Harley Sears
1301 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64106
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