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Hypnosis FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a profound state of relaxation, focused mind (concentration) and heightened sensory awareness. It is a receptive state characterized by openness to suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination. It's not like sleep, because the client retains their conscious state during a session. It is most often compared to daydreaming, or the feeling of "losing yourself" in a book or movie. You're conscious mind simply takes a step back and defers to your unconscious as you tune out most of the stimuli around you. You focus intently on the subject at hand, to the near exclusion of any other thought. Under hypnosis you cannot be made to do anything you do not truly desire to do, or anything which violates your moral or religious convictions. When under hypnosis you are in total control.
Can anyone be hypnotized?
A very high percentage of people are hypnotizable. The rate of induction and trance level will vary from client to client - some people relax very quickly while others may take a little more time - but a trained professional hypnotist has the skills and techniques to guide their client to the appropriate level of relaxation to ensure a productive and beneficial session. In many cases, a light trance is more than sufficient to bring about transformational change. Anyone who has read a book and watched TV or been to the movie theater has been self-hypnotized (all hypnosis is self-hypnosis). This is because when reading, watching TV or seeing a movie (or driving your car or mowing your lawn for that matter) you are intently focused on the subject at hand. This focused mind and concentration is a hypnotic (or trance) state.
How does hypnosis work?
Hypnosis taps into the realm of your unconscious mind. For example, unlike your conscious mind which deals with your "rules" and "logic", your unconscious mind stores memories of being hurt or injured, repressed memories, thought patterns, desires, feelings and emotions which trigger behavior at the conscious level. To change a habit or behavior, we need to reframe the triggers and anchors to drive positive outcomes. This can be done by working with the unconscious mind which stores the current unwanted set of triggers and anchors and reorienting them. This is why "willpower" which is a conscious mind activity, often fails when people try to stop smoking or lose weight. Whereas hypnosis, because it taps into the unconscious mind, has been found to be highly effective in helping clients to quit smoking or release weight. Your unconscious mind is where your true power to change exists.
Is hypnosis safe?
Yes, very safe. Hypnosis is a natural relaxed state of mind. Contrary to how hypnosis is depicted on TV, movies, and stage acts, you can not get "stuck" in hypnosis (you would simply fall asleep and wake up rested) or made to do anything against your will. It simply does not work that way. Your conscious mind never leaves, is always on standby and you are in control. Hypnosis is a safe and enjoyable experience.
What can hypnosis help me with?
Hypnosis can address a broad spectrum of client wellness goals such as managing stress, grief, anger, fears, enhancing a wide array of personal development objectives like self-confidence, self worth, self esteem along with strengthening performance and motivation in areas such as school study habits, career building, athletic prowess, smoking cessation, weight management, exploring your spirituality and so much more.
Is hypnosis a "silver bullet"? Is it a cure all?
Hypnosis is a very powerful resource in which to make change in your life. However, it is not a magic wand. There are many variables which affect our ability to maintain a healthy mind / body dynamic. For example, the foods we eat, level of exercise, degree of exposure to stressful environments and lifestyle choices contribute greatly toward how we feel, behave and act. If for example a client comes in to work on better managing stress (i.e., relieving stress) but continues to engage in very stressful situations (for example, a high stress job), then the progress made in hypnosis can be impacted by constantly re-engaging the very triggers which helped create the stress. Clients with issues such as fatigue, lethargy and low energy should assess their dietary choices otherwise the mind will have difficulty overcoming the constant inputs (types of food) which could be creating the very issue the client is seeking to resolve. My session work with clients will always be structured to help a client to understand this bigger picture surrounding a particular issue in order to increase the mind's awareness of the end-to-end change required in order to achieve the client's goal.
At the end of the day, the client must be 100% committed to making the change they are seeking. And that change may require shifting away from physical and/or mental environments and variables which are fostering or contributing toward undesirable feelings, emotions and behavior.
Is hypnosis a replacement for medical or psychiatric care?
Hypnosis is not intended to be a replacement for medical or psychiatric care. We do not practice medicine nor do we prescribe drugs or related treatment. Hypnosis is an alternative approach to well being focusing on the mind, body and spirit aspects of health and is a unique and separate profession. Hypnosis or the term "hypnotherapy" is not counseling or psychotherapy. The term "therapy" as applied within the context of hypnosis (e.g., hypnotherapy) is defined as a non-medical, non-chemical, non-psychiatric, non-invasive holistic alternative to promote change, health and wellness.
What is the difference between "clinical" and "transpersonal" hypnosis? Both clinical and transpersonal hypnosis utilize advanced hypnosis methods and techniques to resolve client issues and inner conflicts. The clinical approach typically operates within the context of the client's immediate perception of mind / body awareness or what is commonly referred to as the "ego" (sense of "self"). Transpersonal hypnosis on the other hand expands the state of consciousness beyond ("trans") the immediate sense of identity or self (i.e., "ego") and taps into the higher realms of existence. This approach often expands the possibilities for resolving client issues or conflicts. Said another way, the transpersonal approach looks to integrate the deeper or higher aspects of the human experience to bring about healing and wellness. These deeper and higher aspects are commonly referred to as our expanded consciousness or our spiritual connectedness. For simplicity, we can define “spiritual” as that realm of the human spirit, that part of humanity which is not limited to just the bodily experience. Transpersonal hypnosis therefore extends beyond the immediate mind / body or clinical experience in search of solutions for client well-being and awareness.
What is "spiritual" hypnosis? Spiritual hypnosis allows the client to explore their expanded consciousness. With a spiritual session the client connects into their spiritual realms (e.g., past lives or between lives). This connection allows the client to experience the spirit world where they can interact with their star families, soul groups, guides, teachers and elders. This interaction and experience often results in renewed (and many times profound) awareness of our divine nature as we receive wisdom and understanding to help us better navigate our current life path.
Do all hypnotists apply the same techniques or approaches? Like any other profession there will be a wide array of approaches and methods practiced. There are hypnotists who utilize recordings or other types of media (e.g., video) to induce trance or to apply hypnotic suggestions during the session. Some may leave the client while the audio plays. Others apply what we consider to be outdated induction techniques. A few engage in high pressure sales tactics or push post session CDs and other merchandise. Needless to say many clients who have experienced these types of methods find the approaches to be either ineffective or a turn off. At Imagine Hypnotics, our focus is on the client and only the client. We practice client centered hypnosis where our clients receive the personal care and attention they deserve. We do not play videos, audio, sell merchandise or leave a client any time during a session. Client rapport is a very important to us. Our sessions are professional, personable, relaxing, creative and interactive which allows the client to explore and discover their solutions from within leading to sustained results.
What do I need to do to prepare for a hypnosis session? All that is required is an open mind and a willingness to make positive change! We will spend approximately 20-30 minutes understanding your goals and then simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the session. It's best to wear clothing and foot wear you feel very comfortable in. Avoid consuming caffeinated drinks two hours before your session since caffeine can interfere with the body's ability to relax (e.g., coffee, energy drinks, caffeinated colas, etc.).
Will hypnosis work in a single session? There are times when one hypnosis session can be effective in achieving your goal. However, hypnosis is a process and it may be unrealistic to expect lasting results in just one session. Sometimes multiple sessions may be required to achieve your desired objectives.
Do you facilitate remote sessions (e.g., Skype / phone)? No, we do not. The environment where the session is conducted is a critical success factor. Thus, it is very important the client session is facilitated in a setting where the possibility of interruptions and distractions is minimized. This ensures a high quality session and significantly enhances the probability of the client realizing their session goals and objectives.
Will hypnosis work if I don't want to change or resist change?
Like many other ventures in life, your success rate diminishes when you are not energetically pursuing your goals. Hypnosis is highly effective when the client is highly motivated. When a client truly wants to make a change then success exponentially increases. If a client is not making the change for themselves, but to satisfy someone else's desire for them to change, then the probability of true change and success will most likely fall short.
Do you work with adolescents?
Yes, we do. The key to working with teenagers is the desire to change must be their personal choice. When it's their choice they are committed to making change. Personal commitment as a part of any wellness process can not be overstated. It is the most important aspect of goal achievement. If the adolescent feels there is no issue or they don't want to change and they are coming to a session to accommodate the wishes of a parent or guardian, then this resistance will impact the odds of success. The best way to approach a teen is to ask them what would they like to be better at or improve upon. Framing the question in this context allows the teen to establish their goals which in turn often helps to reduce resistance when arriving for a session. When approaching the situation this way many parents (or guardians) will find their assessment of an "issue" (negative) synchs up with what the teen perceives as an opportunity for growth (positive). The divide is bridged by simply understanding the teen's perspective.
Do you work with children (preadolescence)?
No, we do not. The reason is because children, especially young children, have difficulty understanding and relating to the process. For example, most children do not fully understand why they are at a session. It often takes them time to acclimate and establish rapport with a practitioner and being children, relaxing and focusing in an unfamiliar setting is typically not intuitive to them.
Can I sit in on my child's session?
Due to client confidentiality, all sessions are one on one. Also, the awareness by the client of someone else sitting in on the session (other than the client and practitioner) can result in suppression of information and can negatively impact the session. In other words, the child might be reluctant to discuss certain topics knowing a parent or guardian is in the room.
Can I schedule a session on behalf of family member or friend?
Due to client confidentiality, all consultations, pre-session discussions and dialog (including phone or email) needs to be scheduled by the person coming in for the session (i.e., the client). For clients under 18 years of age (teens), the initial consultation is conducted with the parent or guardian to establish an understanding of the issue. After receiving permission from the parent or guardian, I will then speak to the child and/or adolescent one-on-one. This is done in order to ascertain the level of motivation and desire of the teenager to participate in the process. This is important because without the teen's consent, cooperation and commitment to engage the process the probability of facilitating a successful session decreases significantly (see the question above Do you work with adolescents? for more information).
Please contact me if the family member or friend is medically or physically incapacitated and is unable to participate in the scheduling process and I will work with you.
What is the success rate for smoking cessation?
For clients who are personally committed to quit the success rate can be 100%. Therefore, the success rate is directly linked to the client's level of commitment. A hypnotist facilitates the change session but the client is responsible for their personal commitment and dedication to make the change. If a client is coming to quit because they are being pressured by a spouse / partner to quit, motivated by future dates (birthdays, New Year's resolution, etc.) or simply have not convinced themselves it's time to change (i.e., client subliminally resists change) then the odds of quitting diminish considerably.
Our smoking cessation program consists of 2 sessions within a 1 week period. Along with hypnosis we teach the client tapping (EFT) techniques to assist with minimizing cravings and urges. The program fee is $300 (payment in full at the conclusion of the client's first session).
Your smoking cessation program requires payment in full at the conclusion of the first session. Why is that?
This policy helps us determine the client's level of commitment to participate in all of the prescribed sessions. Success increases dramatically when the client completes the entire program. We have found clients who invest up front are actively investing in themselves. This investment when combined with the effectiveness of hypnosis as a proven tool to make true change significantly enhances goal achievement and client satisfaction.
Will I really lose weight with hypnosis and how long does it take?
Hypnosis can be very effective in helping clients to release weight. This is because with hypnosis we are working with that part of the mind which is responsible for creating the eating habits. How quickly weight is released is specific to the client - i.e, amount of excess weight, body structure, metabolism, exercise levels, age, etc. Therefore, some clients will release the extra weight fairly quickly (a few weeks) while for others it might take a bit longer (a few months). Success is very much linked to the client setting reasonable and achievable weight goals for themselves. For example, if you are 50 years of age and decide you want to weigh what you weighed when you were 18 years old and running track - well, that might be a tough order to fill and could lead to disappointment. The trick is set reasonable and achievable goals for yourself and focus on a weight which you feel most comfortable at. This is what we commonly refer to as our ideal natural body weight. By approaching your weight objectives in this fashion, you will dramatically increase your rate of success.
Our weight management program consists of 4 sessions scheduled over a 4 week period (1 session per week - 1 month client commitment). The program fee is $400 (payment in full at the conclusion of the client's first session).
Suggested Weight Management Approach Some clients after completing the program's four (4) sessions will schedule a once a month reinforcement or "tune-up" session for the following three (3) months to maintain their focus on their weight goals. A reduced single session fee of $90/session is available for clients who opt for this approach.
Can hypnosis help with alcohol cessation?
It depends. If the alcohol issue is alcohol abuse then hypnosis can be effective. If the client's situation is alcohol dependency (i.e., addiction or alcoholism) then hypnosis probably won't be as effective. With alcoholism, it is highly recommended the client seek appropriate medical / specialized counseling and treatment (please see the next FAQ question on substance/drug addiction). The following WebMD link contains additional information on the difference between alcohol abuse versus dependency: Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - Topic Overview. Here is an interactive screening tool to help assess your level of interaction with alcohol: Alcohol Screening Questionnaire. Additional information is also available at the Alcoholics Anonymous® web site.
Can hypnosis help with substance (drug) addiction?
We do not recommend hypnosis as an initial intervention to address substance or drug addiction. With many substance or drug addictions there is a mental health component that needs to be assessed by a qualified medical professional first (e.g., a doctor, therapist or counselor). It is possible, with a written referral from your doctor or therapist, to incorporate hypnosis into an established recovery program. Also, many drugs have withdrawal symptoms that require medical attention. For example, someone who has an addiction to pain killers can find withdrawal to be very unpleasant. Symptoms and effects will vary depending upon the length of the addiction, the amount of drug used, and the frequency the narcotic was abused. Withdrawal from narcotics should always be done under the close supervision of medical personnel. We strongly recommend anyone with a substance or drug addiction contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline which is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental health and/or substance use disorders. The telephone number is 1 (800) 662-HELP (4357).
I have suicidal thoughts or ideation - can hypnosis help me?
Hypnosis is not a treatment for suicidal thoughts or behavior. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or ideation you need to contact your physician, therapist, qualified medical professional or call 911 immediately. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline telephone number is 1 (800) 273-8255.
Can hypnosis help me remember misplaced items?
Yes but you need to be the very last person to have touched or moved the item. For example, a client loses a ring. They come in for a hypnosis session where they regress back and recall exactly where they placed it - in an old jewelry box in the attic. But afterwards, and unbeknownst to the client, their spouse cleaned the attic and moved the box containing the ring to the garage. The client's recall under hypnosis is 100% correct but since the box was subsequently moved without their knowing, finding the ring still remains a mystery. This is because the client was not the last person to handle the item. Hopefully the client's recall will also help their spouse remember their part in the puzzle and together they locate the ring!
I was in a relationship I don't want to remember. Can hypnosis block that person from my memory?
No reputable hypnotist should engage in sessions where the objective is to bring about amnesia (blocking or erasing memory / recall). Sessions dealing with relationship issues (past or present) should be oriented toward resolving the underlying conflict (or triggers) which result in the behavior(s) the client wishes to change. For example, if the behavior the client is experiencing from a past relationship is guilt or anger then the sessions would be geared toward understanding why guilt or anger emerge. In other words, what buttons does (did) the other person push that set off the guilt or anger emotions within the client? The session work would then focus on understanding those triggers (i.e., pushed buttons) and work to resolve that inner conflict. By resolving the inner conflict the client releases the old behavior patterns - regardless of who the "button pusher" is.
Please note - if your situation has to do with abuse (physical or emotional) or harassment, call your local police department for immediate intervention. You can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline for support and advice. The telephone number for the National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-7233.
If you deem your relationship to be rocky or unhealthy - e.g., constant arguing and debate, then marriage counseling by a qualified professional counselor or therapist should be considered. Hypnosis is not a replacement for counseling or psychotherapy.
Do you record sessions or can I record my session?
With the exception of the past life and life between lives regressions, we do not record sessions. The primary reason is because once the unconscious has accepted and validated the changes (reorients and re-frames) we do not wish to "relive" or playback emotional states or unconscious agreements which were reached. The objective is to make the shift and move forward. Going back and revisiting a session has the potential to impact your progress via conscious mind interference.
Can I have a family member or friend sit in on my session?
All sessions are one-on-one. This is to ensure the highest level of client confidentiality. The only exception would be joint or group sessions which are specifically designed for multiple client participation.
Can regression lead to "false memories"? False memories refers to recall which is not real but constructed thought. False memories are rare but can can potentially manifest in one of two ways: 1) if the person conducting the session is inexperienced and asks the client leading questions. Questioning under hypnosis should always be asked as open ended questions - never leading, and 2) if a client is under the influence of drugs or alcohol they may experience constructed thought. No hypnotist should knowingly conduct a session if a client is suspected of being impaired. This is why it is highly recommended that anyone seeking a hypnotist do their homework and select a properly trained, certified and experienced practitioner. At a minimum, the hypnotist should be certified by a major association like the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT) or the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH).
Are past life memories real? The benefits to the client from a past life session can be very profound. When I facilitate sessions it is apparent to me the insight and wisdom experienced by the client is streaming through a higher realm of consciousness. After a session, many of my clients comment on how their past life memories were free flowing and spontaneous versus what is referred to as constructed recall. The spontaneity and "sense of knowing" aspect of the experience is a very common theme. Constructed recall is not spontaneous or free flowing since it takes time for the mind to piece together or construct images, scenes or events.
To illustrate - what if I asked you to tell me all about a single scene from a time, place or era you have no knowledge of? You would need to stop, get oriented and think about how to construct that moment in time. For instance, what if I ask you to tell me what you're doing at a particular moment in a past life back in 1575 in Europe? For example, how old are you? Are you a man or a woman? How are you dressed? What color is your hair? Your eyes? Where are you located in Europe? Tell me about your surroundings? What do the buildings look like? Tell me about your family? Are you interacting with anyone? What's your profession? And so on. It would be quite challenging to construct a cohesive moment. Now what if I ask you to do that 4-5 more times during a session to describe other moments on the time line of a life you have no conscious awareness of? It would be an exhaustive exercise indeed! But let's assume you're able to create all those scenes, and after you do, I then ask you to integrate all those events. That is, put it all together and tell me the purpose of that life and the lessons you learned from what you just constructed. It would be an extremely difficult task - if not impossible - to create a cohesive and connected story-line. But with a past life regression, that same exercise comes together effortlessly and spontaneously resulting in a seamless and integrated experience with the client being fully aware of the purpose and lessons from that past life and the connections into their current life situations.
In the end, the determination of "real or not real" is a question each individual client will need to decide on their own. In my opinion, it is far more meaningful to focus on the benefits a past life experience brings to the client in the form of expanded consciousness, higher self-awareness, greater insight and new pathways to healing and opportunity.
Do you facilitate life between lives (LBL) sessions? Yes, I do facilitate Life Between Lives (LBL) sessions. For those unfamiliar with LBL, Life Between Lives is a way of experiencing your soul's existence in the afterlife in between incarnations (your soul's life in the spirit world).
How does hypnosis differ from meditation? Both hypnosis and meditation bridge the unconscious / conscious divide, with meditation typically being without content and not goal driven. Hypnosis on the other hand is focused very specifically on content and achievement of the client's goals. Unlike meditation, which is wonderful for relaxation and quiet time, hypnosis helps a client create new behaviors that lead to the goals they set for themselves.
How does hypnosis differ from Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)?
Many NLP coaches and practitioners work primarily with the conscious mind whereas hypnosis works at the unconscious levels. Due to your conscious mind's filters and metaprograms, NLP behavioral change approaches must first get past the conscious mind's gate keeping functions to reframe and implement the desired changes. This is not always easy and in fact can be very difficult. At Imagine Hypnotics we apply various NLP techniques and modeling (Milton Model) at the unconscious level where behavioral change can take hold without interference from the conscious mind. This is because hypnosis reorients and implements the desired change at the unconscious level - unlike NLP which works primarily with the conscious mind. Remember, your unconscious mind is the source of your triggers and anchors which drives your behavioral patterns at the conscious level.
How does hypnosis differ from psychotherapy?
Hypnosis uses trance, suggestion and instruction to adjust and correct unwanted habits of thought, feeling and behavior at the mind's unconscious level. Psychotherapy is the diagnosis and conversational treatment of a psychological issue at the conscious level. In other words, a psychotherapist treats people by dialoguing and communicating with the conscious mind to affect behavioral change. Hypnosis on the other hand addresses the habits of clients wishing to improve their lives by affecting change at the unconscious level. It should be noted that many psychotherapists fully embrace the benefits of hypnosis and will employ both traditional psychotherapy along with hypnosis to assist in improving their client's state of mental health and well being. To accomplish this, many psychotherapists will refer their clients to an experienced and certified hypnotist.
It's important to emphasize that hypnosis is not a replacement for medical treatment. Those under the care of a psychotherapist or doctor should not ignore their therapist's or doctor's advice or treatment for mental health / medical issues. Clients should always consult with their physician or therapist before making any changes in his / her prescribed treatment.
How does hypnosis compare to other forms of behavioral change?
Based on a 1970 study by Dr. Alfred A. Barrios, PhD which was published in "Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice" stated "... the average success rate for hypnotherapy was 93% after an average of 6 sessions. This was compared to a 38% success rate after an average of 600 sessions for psychoanalysis and 72% after 22 sessions for behavior therapy."
Is hypnosis recognized by the medical and health professions?
Hypnosis is recognized by many medical and health care professionals. The number of professionals utilizing hypnosis as part of their approach to comprehensive wellness is increasing as the benefits of the mind / body connection becomes more and more evident to both the practitioner and their clients.
Is hypnosis a licensed profession in North Carolina?
In North Carolina, hypnotism is a self-regulating profession and practitioners are not licensed by the State. In other words, the State of North Carolina has not adopted education and training standards for the practice of hypnotism. Therefore, statements of credentials is for informational purposes only. Imagine Hypnotics highly recommends anyone seeking a hypnotist select a properly trained, certified and experienced practitioner (skill and experience is very important). At a minimum, the hypnotist should be certified by a major association like the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT) or the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH). Imagine Hypnotics is certified, experienced and skilled in hypnosis and in excellent standing with both the IACT and NGH.
What are your fees? Please see the Our Program page to obtain our fee schedule. You can also call us at 919-745-1225 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our fees are competitively priced and all of our consultations are free of charge. Please note our pricing is session based versus per hour which benefits our client's pocket book. For clients seeking multiple sessions we will be more than happy to arrange package pricing at discounted rates.
What are your business hours? The practice is open Monday through Thursday and we offer both afternoon hours between 1pm and 4pm and after work (evening hours) from 7pm - 10pm. The practice is closed on Fridays, weekends and holidays. All sessions are by appointment.
What are your payment options? We accept personal checks, PayPal (www.paypal.me/ImagineHypnotics) and cash. Credit card payments can be accepted / processed through PayPal by adding your credit card as a payment source within PayPal. Payment is due upon completion of the client session unless an alternative payment schedule has been agreed to by our office. If you require alternative payment options or schedules, please contact us and we will do all we can to work with you. For multi-session therapies like weight management, the full package price is due upon completion of the first session. The smoking cessation program requires payment in full prior to the first session unless other arrangements have been agreed to. A $35 returned check fee will be added to any checks returned by the bank.
What if I block or can't go into trance? In the unlikely event a session does not complete due to a client block the fee can be adjusted commensurate with the duration of the session (as determined by the practitioner). For specialized sessions like past life regression (PLR) and life between lives (LBL), the client agrees to pay half the session fee if a block occurs (regardless of duration). A second session will then be scheduled (if the client desires) with the remaining balance due upon conclusion of the follow-up session. To take advantage of the special PLR/LBL pricing in these situations, the client must schedule the second session within 90 days of the first session otherwise the fee defaults to the full published price as indicated on this website.
What if I miss or cannot make my appointment or arrive under the influence of drugs or alcohol? Except for extreme emergencies, cancellations or appointment changes must be made at least 24 hours in advance. If the 24 hour advance notice is not properly communicated to our office (phone call or email) then the client is responsible for full payment of the session. This also applies to missed appointments (no shows). Anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of their scheduled session will be charged the full amount of the session and the session will be terminated. Imagine Hypnotics LLC reserves the right to unilaterally refuse treatment to anyone at any time.
Do you accept insurance? We do not accept or file health insurance. Some individuals may be able to be reimbursed from their health insurance company, HSA or FSA plans with a provider's note for programs such as weight loss, smoking cessation, pain management, stress management, etc. It is the client's responsibility to validate qualification and secure the appropriate approvals from their insurance company. When doing so, please check to make sure hypnosis providers are accepted under your plan.