Frequently Asked Questions

Hypnotherapy FAQs

Can hypnotherapy help me?

People come into hypnotherapy for many of the same reasons that they seek out psychotherapy.. When you feel stuck:  you want to change thoughts or beliefs that are holding you back from having the life you want–that is when hypnotherapy is ideal. Whetnever guilt, doubt, anxiety, lack of confidence or negative habits (smoking or overeating for example) or despair, hypnotherapy can help.  Hypnotherapy works best with those who are willing to practice what they learn during their time away from sessions.

 

Some examples of the benefits available from hypnotherapy include:
  • Reducing or eliminating anxiety or depression
  • Eliminating fears and phobias, such as fear of flying, heights, needles and medical procedures, fear of public speaking
  • Getting rid of guilt and self-doubt
  • Eliminating negative self-thoughts
  • Moving past trauma without reliving it and repeatedly discussing it
  • Building Self-Confidence  
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
  • Stop smoking, lose weight or stop other unwanted habits
  • Solving current problems with knowledge of past lives
  • Improving test performance
  • Reducing or eliminating physical pain
  • Healing faster after surgery or injury
  • Developing a positive attitude toward illness or surgery
  • Accomplishing better athletic performance 

What can I expect in a hypnotherapy session?

During your first session, I will spend some time understanding what is holding you back, explain to you in detail how and why hypnotherapy works and then give you the experience of hypnosis.  Hypnotherapy sessions usually last 90 minutes and most people need an average of 6-8 sessions to accomplish their goal.  Hypnotherapy is shorter and faster if sessions are done weekly.  Once you have had the basic sessions for your first goals, you can always come back for a ‘tune-up.’

Smoking Cessation is different.  I sometimes schedule 2 sessions a week, as the results are better and longer lasting, using that timeline.

Getting over a simple fear or phobia can take as little as 2-3 sessions.

 
What does each session of hypnotherapy cost?
Hypnotherapy is $225 per session.  When you ‘do your homework,’ as requested, you can often accomplish the your goals in 6-8 sessions, rather than 10-12 months in psychotherapy.  So you save money and time.
 
Do I give up control when I’m in hypnosis?
 It’s a common myth that you give up control when you’re in hypnosis:  this is NOT TRUE.  Hypnosis does not take a way your will.  You can take yourself out of hypnosis any time you choose.  In fact, I cannot hypnotize you if you do not want to be hypnotized.  It really is that simple. 

Will my insurance work for hypnotherapy?

Unfortunately, because of recent changes in insurance coverage, I am not able to accept insurance for Hypnotherapy.

Because I am a licensed psychologist, I am covered by some insurance companies for psychotherapy.  I do accept most Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO plans for psychotherapy.  I am considered “in-network” in those plans.  The one exception is that I DO NOT accept Independence Blue Cross (which includes Personal Choice, Independence Administrators or Keystone).

If I do not accept your insurance, payment is required at the time of service.   I will give you the necessary form to file with your insurance company for out-of-network reimbursement, if that applies for you.  I am a licensed psychologist and most health insurance companies pay some portion of my services.

For psychotherapy, there are a confusing array of insurance arrangements.  The first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier.  Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:

  • Do I have mental health benefits with a licensed psychologist?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
  • How much do you pay for an out-of-network provider?
  • Is there a limitation on how much you will pay per session?
  • Is primary care physician approval required?

How to choose a hypnotherapist?

It can be confusing, because there are many people who call themselves hypnotists or hypnotherapists.  Because there is no official licensing yet for hypnotherapy, someone could have had one weekend of training or he/she can be Board Certified by a reputable organization after extensive-intensive training.  Read the 10 questions you should ask to determine if this is the right person for your hypnotherapy?

Is hypnotherapy confidential?

Hypnotherapy sessions are confidential, just as are psychotherapy sessions.

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist.  Information is not disclosed without written permission.  However, there are number of exceptions to this rule.  Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse.  The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a patient is threatening serious bodily harm to another person(s). The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a patient intends to harm himself or herself.  The therapist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety.  If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.

For more information about types of therapy and choosing the right hypnotherapist, refer to: internationalboardofhypnotherapy.com/consumer.html.


Psychotherapy FAQs

Do I need therapy?

People come into therapy for many reasons. Some need to respond to unexpected changes in their lives, while others seek self-exploration and personal growth. When coping skills are overwhelmed by guilt, doubt, anxiety, or despair, therapy can help. Therapy can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping for issues such as depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, bereavement, spiritual conflicts, stress management, body image issues, and creative blocks.  People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives.

What can I expect in a therapy session?

 During sessions you are expected to talk about the primary concerns and issues in your life.  A session lasts 50 minutes, but some people request longer sessions.  Usually it is best to begin with weekly sessions to gain some momentum; later the sessions can be spaced farther apart.  My goal is always to have you achieve your goals in the shortest, most efficient way possible.

Some people who are in crisis or extreme distress need more than one session per week, at least until the crisis passes.  During the time between sessions it is beneficial to think about and process what was discussed.  At times, you may be asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records.  For therapy to “work,” you must be an active participant, both in and outside of the therapy sessions.


What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?
A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy.  Often it is helpful just to know that someone understands.  Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution.  Many people find therapy to be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and the hassles of daily life.  The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.  Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself and your personal goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Finding new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications skills – learn how to listen to others, and have others listen to you
  • Getting “unstuck” from unhealthy patterns – breaking old behaviors and develop new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
 
 What if I don’t know what my goals are for therapy?
It is not uncommon to experience stress and anxiety and not be able to specifically identify the source of the distress.  If you aren’t sure what your goals are for therapy, I will help you figure that out.  During the course of therapy your goals may change.  However, establishing a direction for therapy will help you get the most out of the experience.
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist.  Information is not disclosed without written permission.  However, there are number of exceptions to this rule.  Exceptions include:
  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse.  The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a patient is threatening serious bodily harm to another person(s). The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a patient intends to harm himself or herself.  The therapist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety.  If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.

For more information about types of therapy and choosing the right therapist, refer to: www.networktherapy.com/directory/about_therapy.asp

If you would like further information or details on my Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy services, please contact me today!