Not sure what hypnotherapy actually is or how it works? Check out some common questions below to get a better understanding of what to expect in a hypnotherapy session.
What can I expect from hypnotherapy with Starbright Mind?
Expect powerful change!
Once you book with me, you will receive an email with an intake form to fill out and a practice hypnosis recording to help prepare you for your session.
Our session together will be up to 2 hours long and involves a short discussion about your issue and goals followed by about 1.5 hrs of hypnotherapy.
During the session we will uncover the root cause of your issue, utilize various tools to release your blocks and then build in new beliefs that will support the results you are seeking.
You may have strong emotions or physical sensations during your session, but it is all part of your body processing and healing. You can expect to feel lighter afterword.
After your session, I will create a personalized hypnosis recording for you to listen to for the next 21 days. During this time I will chack up with you via email. You can also reach out to me via email or phone for support and are welcome to schedule additional zoom meetings (free of charge) if you want to connect face-to face to discuss anything. I'm here to make sure you succeed!
How much does a session cost?
$297 (taxes included). This includes the 2hr session, personalized daily hypnosis recording, and unlimited 3-week coaching support.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic modality that uses hypnosis (accessing the subconscious mind) to assist the client in overcoming issues. Issues vary and can include psychological, physical, interpersonal, and emotional problems.
I work with the Rapid Transformational Therapy modality. This involves inducing hypnosis, then using hypno-analysis (where we dialogue and uncover the root cause of your issue) to remove old, limiting beliefs, and then programing new desirable beliefs into the subconscious to support the desired change in daily life.
How does hypnotherapy work?
Neurologically speaking, hypnotherapy takes the client into an alpha brain wave state which allows them to relax and carry them deeper to a theta brain wave state. In this state the client’s neocortex (conscious mind) reduces activity, and the subcortical regions (subconscious mind) are highly activated. With the critical mind relaxed, the client can easily pull up memories and beliefs without experiencing the habitual judgement associated with them. This allows them to separate the experience (and beliefs formed from the experience) from present day and decide to have new, supportive beliefs moving forward. Because the client is in a non-judgemental state, new, positive beliefs are easily accepted, leading to often dramatic changes that would be more difficult to achieve when working with the conscious, critical mind.
We leverage the fact that the subconscious mind is suggestible, but this is nothing to fear. Our minds were in a hypnotic state throughout much of our early childhood, where we absorbed many of our (often unhelpful) beliefs. Now, through Hypnotherapy, you can access your subconscious mind intentionally in a safe environment and reprogram/change your beliefs to support the life you want to live.
What does hypnosis feel like?
You will feel very relaxed. That is really it. Most people do not even recognize that they are hypnotized, as it is a completely natural state (for example, when the mind is on ‘autopilot’ while you’re driving and you don’t have a clear memory of how exactly you got to your destination). My best advice is to just follow along with the suggestions, because it will work. Don’t worry if you are doing it right, you really can’t get it wrong. Just relax, listen, and participate. That’s it – it won’t feel much different than having a relaxed conversation or insightful meditation..
What if I can’t be hypnotized?
As long as you follow along with the suggestions, you will do just fine. As mentioned above, hypnosis is a natural state that everyone goes into and out of throughout the day, so you absolutely can be hypnotized. It likely won’t feel any different than just being relaxed, so you don’t need to worry about whether you’re doing it right or not.
If you are worried you might not be able to relax try out this Relaxation Hypnosis Recording to help you practice.
Am I still in control when under hypnosis?
A hypnotherapist cannot (nor would they ethically ever attempt to) make you do anything involuntarily. It is ALWAYS your choice to follow, or not follow a suggestion. For example, you can always open your eyes at any time if you choose. My teacher, Marisa Peer, always says: If a hypnotist really could control you, then at some point some unethical hypnotist would have convinced their clients to buy them expensive gifts or pay an exorbitant fee… but have you ever heard of such a story? The answer is no because you are not ever giving up control, you are simply allowing someone to help you access your subconscious mind. You have the power over you always.
Will I relive traumatic memories?
You may revisit a traumatic scene while under hypnosis. However, you cannot ever relive it. It is like viewing it from a screen, and you remain safe.
For those who have traumatic memories, they are living with these memories (whether consciously or unconsciously) every day. These memories are ofter at the root of a client's pain and suffering. When you can take a step back and review an experience with the help of a hypnotherapist, the memory can be transformed so it no longer causes you issues.
Often though, you will review scenes seemingly unrelated to your issue, that are even more deeply rooted than the traumatic event itself. Each and every individual is unique and so every session is unique, but you are always in a safe and supportive environment (whether in person or virtually) and can never relive a past event.
How many sessions will I need?
Many issues can be transformed in one to three sessions. I generally recommend two sessions. The first will address the issue and clarify and work through your main blocks, and the second will tease out the second layer of subtler blocks and/or address an adjacent issue to the first. Some more complex issues may take several sessions to work through.
We work on one issue at a time as the mind can only focus on one thought at time. You may see that working on one area will highlight issues in another area of your life, which can be addressed in follow-up sessions.
When will I see results?
Many clients see results immediately following the session, but don’t be concerned if that is not the case for you. It is imperative that you listen to the transformational recording (emailed to you within 48 hours of your session) for at least 21 days to ensure the powerful changes that occurred during your session are permanently wired in.
You may notice results immediately, or see things change over time, or (if you’re like me) you might just notice one day that you’re different and not be conscious of when exactly everything shifted.
In any case, if you are not seeing results within 21 days, then a follow-up session may be required as there are likely still some limiting beliefs that we were not able to address in your first session.
Are Zoom sessions as effective as in person sessions?
Yes! Zoom sessions are highly effective because the client is comfortable in a familiar space. This means a calm nervous system and a much greater ability to relax into the alpha/theta state. I have been both a client and a hypnotherapist in Zoom sessions and they were extremely effective.
Do I have to listen to my personalized hypnosis recording for 21days?
Yes! It is an integral part of the program. You are rewiring neural pathways in the brain. Just like energy and matter cannot be created or destroyed, you have a limited neural capacity, meaning for new pathways to be created, older, unused pathways are being 'pruned' and breaking down. While listening to the recording, you are ensuring the old pathways (limiting belief systems) are breaking down while building the new pathways (desired outcome). After 21 days (as with creating any new habit), the change is integrated as a new, unconscious pattern/habit!
Is hypnotherapy covered by insurance?
Some policies do cover hypnotherapy, but not all. Since coverage varies greatly from provider to provider and policy to policy, I recommend contacting your provider to see if stand-alone hypnotherapy is included in your policy.