As a hypnotherapist, I am NOT credentialed to diagnose mental disorders or to conduct psychotherapy as defined in WAC 246-810-010.
""Psychotherapy" means the practice of counseling using diagnosis of mental disorders according to the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and the development of treatment plans for counseling based on diagnosis of mental disorders in accordance with established practice standards."
No. Neither do most other healthcare providers. Your trainer won't, your weight loss advisor won't and so on.
In hypnosis, I play a navigator role. I call out directions and if you want to get where we are going, you follow them. I'm good about giving directions that follow a route that you will approve of. But if you choose not to follow my directions, I simply can't guarantee where you are going to end up.
This doesn't apply so much to session work, done while we are together, but virtually every type of hypnotherapy comes with homework. For example; If I recommend that you keep a regular bedtime to assist with sleep improvement and stress reduction, then you work on your laptop in bed until the wee hours of the morning, I can't promise results.
With that said, I have really good success rates and the odds are that if I accept you as a client, it's because I am confident I can help you meet your goals and I believe you are going to do the work. I generally have a client waiting list and can't take clients I don't expect to succeed.
I WANT you to succeed and I will work with you to make it happen. I will even fire you as a client if I sense that you aren't doing your part. But I can't offer a "money back guarantee" like a retail store.
I do not.
I know that many people do, but I fnd that I have the greatest success with old-fashioned person-to-person contact.
There are also sticking points about what the rules are in various jurisdictions and whether the jurisdiction I am in or the one the distant client is in is the one that matters.
I do not.
I'll be honest with you, I looked into it, briefly and it looked like a mountain of paperwork, especially with the changing insurance landscape these days. Maybe there's an easy way to do it and I will figure that out down the road.
But for now, it's cash, check and pretty much every major card you might carry.
Actually, I do.
I really like the mechanism provided by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). It's made up of four designators, with two possibilities for each, for a total of 16 different personality types possible. To us MBTI, you only need to answer four questions about someone to estimate their "type". It's easy enough to use and once you have a good idea of type, a lot about tendencies to expect for a person can be known.
I am an MBTI "ENTJ".
I am not as big a fan of the Enneagram, but many people like it as much or more than MBTI and use it to compliment MBTI.
I am an Enneagram "8w7".
Finally, in a work environment, it would be so much easier if everyone just walked around with a FIRO-B sign indicating their type. I LOVE this instrument and if I have to recommend just one to a business, this is it.
Here's my FIRO-B:
That is a great question and probably the most important one in this FAQ.
There's a lot of people out there claiming to be "hypnotherapists". In Washington, the Department of Health has some very specific rules about who can use that title, but in most states, it's completely unregulated.
I recommend you view two pages on this site:
Payment is due at the time of service, unless we have made other arrangements, like a pre-paid package deal for a fixed number of sessions. I do that from time to time for things like smoking cessation or weight loss where I know that several sessions are going to be required, but in most cases, it's payment at the time of service.
I accept cash, check and pretty much every major credit card you may have.
The cost per session may vary with the length of the session, the number of sessions needed and the nature of the material to be covered.
All costs will be discussed with you on an individual basis, up front, in your first session. If you would like to know the cost prior to booking the first session, just ask and we will provide an estimate.
Payment is due at the time of each session, unless other arrangements have been made in advance.
"Non sum qualis eram"; it's become sort of a tag line for Hypnotechs. It's taken from this line from Horace's Odes, Book 4, 1:
"Non sum qualis eram bonae sub regno Cynarae"
Which means: "I am not as I was in the reign of good Cinara."
Shortened to "Non sum qualis eram", it translates to "I am not what I once was." It's fitting on several levels, I am not who I used to be, I've changed a lot over the years. But it also applies to anyone seeking to use hypnosis for change. Once you try hypnosis to change something you have been wanting to change, you will no longer be who you used to be either.
In September of 2017, the server crashed. I had backups, but the site was in need of a refresh anyway, so that became a great excuse.
The site you are visiting now uses most of the same technolgies I was using before, but it's all been updated and optimized. Most of the content has been rewritten and refocused so that it better emphasizes there therapy aspect of hypnosis and so that it's easier to find what you are looking for. Finally, the look and feel of the site has been refreshed everywhere, improving the, well, look and feel.
I hope you like it!
You must ALWAYS follow the advice of your doctor. Hypnotherapy is considered to be an "adjunct" therapy. That is, it is designed to compliment the services of your doctor or mental health advisor, not overrule them.
If you become aware of a conflict, inform me right away so that I can correct my approach to better align with the wishes of your doctor or even ask to speak with your doctor to make sure we are "on the same page".
The instructions of a medical doctor or mental health professional must always override those of your hypnotherapist, up to and including the discontinuation of the use of hypnosis.
Sometimes you just want to try something. I get it. We still have to do all the required paperwork, but if you don't have anything specific to work on that's completely okay. I can demonstrate some hypnotic phenomenon, show you what real focus feels like and send you away to sleep like a baby that night.
We understand that things happen. However, we must request at least 24-hours notice that you need to cancel. If you cancel with less than 24-hours notice and we unable to rebook your timeslot, we reserve the right to charge you for the session.
We also request that you be on time to your sessions. If you arrive late, there may not be enough time for your session and we may be forced to apply the cancellation policy.
As a rule, I schedule first sessions to be 90 minutes and subsequent sessions 60 minutes, but those times can be adjusted as needed.
For the first 30 minutes or so of the first session, we go over the paperwork that is required by Washington State, answering any questions you may have along the way and getting your signature on my copy, stating that we have gone over the paperwork together. Washington requires that we do this so that you know who I am, what I can do and what the rules area about hypnosis, hypnotherapy and therapy are in this state. If you want, you can get a head start on that knowledge HERE.
The next 30 minutes, we will talk about the Kappasinian "Theory of Mind" and how it relates to you. We will talk a bit about the history of hypnosis and hypnotherapy and we will discuss what you can expect to experience. I will also likely ask you to answer some questions that will help me determine how your mind reacts to different types of suggestions so that I fine tune my approach to work the best for you. Finally, I may ask you to visualize a few different scenes to further adjust my approach.
In the final half-hour, I will perform an induction that is designed to work with the way your imagination works. Inductions are how the hypnotic state is entered and there are hundreds of ways they can be tailored to better match an individual. Once you are "in state", I will show you around a bit, have you experience and visualize a few things I think you might enjoy, then get down to the business at hand.
You may remember nothing, some stuff or everything from the session. That varies from person to person, but I am more than happy to summarize the session as we close.
Afterward, you will likely feel really relaxed, more so than you may have in a very long time. Some people state that colors are a little brighter and most people notice that the "chatter" in their heads is greatly reduced, leaving a more focused feeling.
One thing to note: After a first session, most people are uncertain if they were really hypnotized or not. This is normal too and is because the hypnotic experience is not what most people were expecting. They weren't unconscious, didn't lose control and weren't unaware of their surroundings. Don't worry, in subsequent sessions, you will know what to expect and will get better at maximizing the effect.
I tend to use Kappasinian "Emotional & Physical" assessments as well as inductions, especially for the first session. Beyond that I lean heavily into Ericksonian methods, but I am happy to choose, ala carte, as needed to ensure you respond as well as is possible.
There's no "right" kind of hypnotherapy, except the one that works.
You have probably seen these on other sites:
"You are the GREATEST!" -John H.
"You saved Earth from alien invasion." -Mark M.
"With just one session, my whole life changed!" -April V.
"I'd pay twice as much for what you did!" -Joanne T.
...and so on...
So many exclamation marks!
The problem is that here in Washington, we have some pretty strict rules on confidentiality, so things like this have to have names removed or changed so that they cannot possibly lead back to the person who said them.
See the problem here? I've received lots of great comments, but if I share them, I am breaching confidence, which is illegal to do, quite rightly. So, I could change the names, but if you asked to verify the statement, I would have to decline.
So the statements become effectively unsupported. Anyone could have written them, including the hypnotherapist.
I have a ton of very happy clients and ex-clients. I'd love to share the nice things they say, but what's the point if I can't prove they said them? If you absolutely need references, I can usually get someone to volunteer to talk to you about their experiences. But shy of that, unless someone has a great idea to make it such that I can post client comments without running afoul of the law or anonymizing them until they are worthless, I am at a loss for words...
I record sessions so that I can review the recordings as session notes.
All recordings are completely confidential and subject to the same confidentiality guidelines as all other client materials.
Depending upon the subject matter of your hypnotherapy, we may ask to coordinate with your doctor or mental health professional.
For some types of hypnotherapy, you may be asked to allow Hypnotechs to contact your medical doctor, mental health professional, personal trainer, nutritionist, dietician or other provider to coordinate services. This request will be made in writing and will list specifically who is covered by the agreement. You may decline this request or revoke it in writing at any time.
As a rule, I teach my clients self-hypnosis after a couple of sessions. But that is just a timeline I have found to be particularly effective. If you don't need to work on anything specific and want to learn right away, I am completely okay with that.