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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is hypnosis?  Do you lose consciousness or go to sleep?

  2. What determines how suggestible someone happens to be?  Does that make any difference in the effectiveness of the hypnotherapy?

  3. Can anyone not be hypnotized?

  4. Are people who are easily hypnotized weak willed?

  5. Does intelligence have anything to do with whether or not a person can be hypnotized?

  6. Can children be hypnotized?

  7. Do you lose control under hypnosis?

  8. Is there any problem with a person not coming out of a trance?

  9. Can you be made to do anything that contradicts your values and morals?

  10. Is individual hypnosis better than one of those large groups?

  11. Can I get a small group together for hypnosis?  Will it save me money?

  12. Will insurance cover hypnosis?

  13. Do you take Medicare, Medicaid, or Passport?

  14. Will I gain weight if I stop smoking with hypnosis?

  15. Can I combine Stop Smoking with Weight Loss hypnosis?

  16. What is the fee for the services?

  17. How can you accomplish weight loss or stop smoking in one session?

  18. Will I need more than one session?

  19. What if it doesn't work?

  20. What are some things which increase the likelihood of success?

What is hypnosis?  Do you lose consciousness or go to sleep?
Hypnosis is the creative use of the natural and normal trance state to accomplish a desired change in thoughts, feelings, and/or behaviors.  You are in the natural and normal trance state every day anyway, but you normally are not utilizing it for any constructive purpose.  You might be in this state first thing in the morning when you are not really awake and yet you are not really asleep.  You might be in this state driving on the interstate when you miss your exit, or you might be in this state staring at the T. V. and wondering why you are watching some stupid show.

What determines how suggestible someone happens to be?  Does that make any difference in the effectiveness of the hypnotherapy?  
The ease with which you can shift functioning from your analytical "left brain" to your imaginative "right brain" probably has some bearing on suggestibility.  The "right brain" is the part of the brain that does the hypnosis.  It is the gateway to the emotions and to the subconscious.  Accessing the emotions and the subconscious increases suggestibility.  If you are a strong left brain person, you can rapidly learn the technique of ignoring your left brain, and become just as open to desired hypnotic suggestions as a strong right brain person.

Can anyone not be hypnotized? 
People who are addicted to certain drugs such as cocaine or to alcohol generally can't be hypnotized.  People who suffer dementia because of severe strokes, other trauma, or Alzheimer's can't be hypnotized.  Persons who are actively intoxicated can't be hypnotized.  Actively psychotic persons can't be hypnotized.  If you don't have any of these problems, you CAN by hypnotized. If you are recovering from alcohol or drug addiction or if you have recovered from a stroke, you can be hypnotized. If you intermittently abuse drugs or alcohol, you can be hypnotized, as long as you aren't dependent.

Are people who are easily hypnotized weak willed?
Absolutely not.  Strength of will has nothing to do with it.

Does intelligence have anything to do with whether or not a person can be hypnotized?
Absolutely not, with the exception that the mentally retarded can't be hypnotized.

Can children be hypnotized?
Children and adolescents are excellent hypnotic subjects.  I have worked with a number of children above the age of five.

Do you lose control under hypnosis?
You are in control and all times, but in an easy relaxed way.  Nothing happens without your permission and consent, and nothing happens without the permission and consent of your subconscious mind.

Is there any problem with a person not coming out of a trance?
You can bring the trance to an end anytime you want.  You will either return to normal consciousness, or you will go to sleep if you so desire.

Can you be made to do anything that contradicts your values and morals?
Absolutely not.  Nothing happens against your will.

Is individual hypnosis better than one of those large groups?
Though large groups can help some people stop smoking or lose weight, often they are not as effective because there is little or no "Pre-talk" to debunk hypnosis myths and to explain how and why hypnosis works (which makes it more likely to work).  Hypnosis can not be customized in a large group like it can individually. The large group is like going into a shoe store with only one size of shoes.  They will fit some people, but not many others.

Can I get a small group together for hypnosis?  Will it save me money?
Yes.  This works best for the Stop Smoking Hypnosis.  Deep Discounts are available.

Will insurance cover hypnosis?
Jim Wilson, M.A. is a certified psychologist as well as a certified hypnotherapist. Insurance will sometimes cover treatment if Mr. Wilson is a member of the insurance panel. Insurance will NOT cover hypnosis to stop smoking or lose weight.  It will NOT cover Sports hypnosis to improve athletic performance.  It will NOT cover self-improvement to boost confidence or self-esteem.  Check with Jim to see whether or not insurance covers services.

Do you take Medicare, Medicaid, or Passport?
No.  I'm not a provider with these programs.

Will I gain weight if I stop smoking with hypnosis?
I provide a number of suggestions to change what and how you eat, reducing quantity, fatty foods and sweet foods.  I also provide a number of suggestions to motivate you to exercise.  Exercise is necessary not only to boost your metabolism after you quit smoking, and burn off carbos and fat, but also to make you feel great mentally, pumping all those good brain chemicals, and so move you even further away from "Smoker's Road."

Can I combine Stop Smoking with Weight Loss hypnosis?
If you only want to drop 20 pounds and not gain weight, I can combine hypnosis for Stop Smoking and Weight Loss.  If you want to lose more weight than that, a separate session is needed.

What is the fee for the services?
The fee for a one-hour-and-a-half session to stop smoking, lose weight, or resolve other problems  is $175.00 which includes a recording of the session.  If you wish me to burn a CD for you, that is an additional $5.00. If insurance covers services, the fee depends on your deductible and co-pay, and can range anywhere from $10.00 to $70.00, depending on your insurance plan.

How can you accomplish weight loss or stop smoking in one session? 
A wide variety of proven effective suggestions gets the job done.  Also, I coach you in easy and simple self-hypnosis techniques which you can utilize during the day to reinforce the hypnosis.  Also, you can play the recording of the session to reinforce the changes you have made.

Will I need more than one session?
Typically, hypnosis to stop smoking or lose weight does not require more than one session.  I guarantee what I do in that if for ANY reason you feel that you need an additional session, I will offer it to you for less than half-price ($80.00).  If you have complex emotional problems, or severe and difficult problems that perhaps stem from a difficult childhood, it is likely that more than one session will be necessary.  Depending on the severity of the problem, you might need up to ten sessions.  If you haven't had a difficult childhood or relationship trauma, most problems will not  require more than three sessions for resolution.

What if it doesn't work?
The hypnosis will work, but it is possible that you might need to do the self-hypnosis regularly and/or play the recording occasionally for maximum effectiveness.  I make a "good faith" effort like any other professional to achieve the results that you desire.  I also assume that you take a responsible attitude toward this process as well.  Responsibility always improves the likelihood of success.

What are some things which increase the likelihood of success? 
If you are "sick and tired of being sick and tired" of the problem that plagues you, hypnosis is very likely to be quite effective in making the changes you desire happen. If you just want to "try" the hypnosis, or "give it a shot" for fun,  but have not really made a decision to resolve the problem, hypnosis might not work for you.  Often we "enjoy" holding on to our unhappy or toxic pattern too much, and must get "sick and tired" of it before we can do anything about it.

 

 


James Wilson, M. A., L. M. F. T.   Certified Hypnotherapist   Certified Psychologist   Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Professional Towers, 4010 DuPont Circle Suite 576  Louisville, KY 40207
Doctor's Park   1517 Nicholasville Road Suite 302     Lexington, KY 40503

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