How can I become a professional certified hypnotist?    The training with me is supported and overseen by the
National Guild of Hypnotists.  The course is 100 hours of classroom experience and homework, and follows the
syllabus as specified by The Guild.   On graduation, the student is a ''Consulting Hypnotist"  and is a member of the
•        What’s the difference between psychotherapy, hypnosis and hypnoanalysis?  Psychotherapy is
generally a session to “reason together” with an objective, trained person who can help a client address
concerns of behavior, moods, life satisfaction and relationships.  
Hypnosis is one technique among many
that uses suggestion to reprogram misconceptions and distortions around performance, habits, fears
and other forms of self-limitation.  
Hypnoanalysis goes back in time to find the emotional origin of the
impairment, resolves the impasse and misconceptions, and reprograms the old attitude towards success.
What is “waking hypnosis”?  Simply being in a “trance” state without an induction. We’re in and out
of trance many times each day.
What is the difference between the old talking therapy and hypnoanalysis?  Hypnoanalysis is an action
method distinguished as follows;
Talking methods generally aim at teaching calming and self-soothing techniques to reduce anxiety
or manage mood.  “Know, then, thy self”.  Insight into ones self is the objective, with the expectation that
knowing ones self better will lead to improvement.       
Action methods aim to use emotional and physical intensity as a bridge to unresolved issues, and to
resolve them by working through them with emotional action.  Insight is a byproduct of the emotional
Will insurance pay for my hypnosis sessions?    Since I’m a therapist on most local insurance panels,
my sessions are generally covered regardless of which appropriate technique I use.  Hypnosis has been
recognized and accepted by the American Medical Association as an appropriate technique since 1958.  
•        Which is the best technique for me?  It depends on the person, the problem, the situation, and the
goals of therapy.  Also important is the individual’s readiness to confront difficult issues and by his/her
current management of anxiety.  
Who can be hypnotized?  Anyone of average intelligence who is willing to follow simple instructions
can be hypnotized.  The only limiting factor is fear of the process.  
How long is each session?    Sessions are generally 50 minutes. We generally meet weekly, but not
What is hypnosis anyway?  Hypnosis is defined as “the bypass of the critical factor followed by the
establishment of acceptable selective thinking”.  The “critical factor” is acquired around the time you
stop believing in Santa Claus, and its job is to evaluate and reject new information that doesn’t match
previous information.  Hypnosis, then, gets desired new information accepted despite previous contrary
 What does hypnosis feel like?  Close your eyes and relax a minute.  That’s what hypnosis often feels
  Will I lose control?  No more than you would ordinarily.  
Will I tell personal secrets?  No more than you would ordinarily.  
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Frequently Asked Questions
SINCE 2005
"Emotional agony is like physical pain, in that it is a danger signal, forcing us to notice that something is wrong, and to respond."
from  Martha Stout,
The Myth of Sanity

“We are phobic, we avoid suffering, especially the suffering of frustration…We are spoiled, we don’t
want to go through the hell gates of suffering, especially the suffering of frustration.  We stay immature;
we go on manipulating the world rather than to suffer the pains of growing up.  
Fritz Perls,
Gestalt Therapy Verbatim, p. 56