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How can I schedule an appointment?

If you’d like to schedule an appointment you can either contact me using one of the methods on my contact page, or you can click here to make an appointment online.

Am I able to prepay for sessions?

Yes! Normally payment is due at the end of each session. However, if you prepay for your session 24 hours in advance, you will receive 10% off the total price of the session.

Prepaid sessions are non-refundable, the discount is already applied at check out.

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What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a naturally occurring, enhanced waking state that results in an intensely heightened awareness and focus of the subconscious mind. For example, commuting to work and arriving at your destination with no specific recollection of the journey.

You have the route memorized. Your subconscious mind gets you there while your conscious mind focuses on a daydream, phone call, or wondering what you will have for dinner. Although it is a naturally occurring phenomenon, it must be induced. It can be induced naturally, as when you are watching a movie. It can also be induced artificially, by a trained hypnotist. This allows for deeper mental relaxation.

To be artificially induced into a state of hypnosis, you must be a willing participant. While in the hypnotic state, a person tends to be more responsive to suggestion while fully keeping their willpower and self-control.

What if I don’t believe in hypnosis?

Hypnosis principles are being used all around us, both intentionally and unintentionally, every single day. Whether a person believes in hypnosis or not does not change the reality that it exists and affects their thinking and decision making. There is a physiological difference in how the brain works while in hypnosis. This can be seen with brain waves as well as with fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging).

Can I get ‘stuck’ in the hypnotic state?

No, you can not get “stuck” in the hypnotic state. If something uncomfortable were to occur while in hypnosis, you would simply “wake-up”. In the other extreme, were you to be so relaxed and tired that while hypnotized you went into full sleep, it would simply be like a nap. You could be awaken, or if left alone, wake-up on your own.

Will I do something against my will?

No, a person can not be made to do anything they would not normally be comfortable doing. The Consulting Hypnotist has no power over the client. The client is fully capable of bringing themselves out of the hypnotic state at any point. While hypnotized, you are still fully aware and when the session is complete, you will remember everything that occurred.

This is contrary to what you have likely observed in movies, television, and books. Keep in mind, the entertainment industry is not as concerned about reality as it is with entertainment. An additional example that people observe as a hypnotist having control of a person, is the “stage hypnotist”. you may have seen or experienced “stage hypnotists” in a night club, or other gathering for entertainment. In these situations, the person being hypnotized volunteered. They went into the spotlight expecting to do something “odd”, and are generally extroverts to begin with.

You may also have noticed the stage hypnotist sent some of the “volunteers” back to their seats. These are the people the hypnotist felt were not as willing to follow his instructions. Even in these cases, if the hypnotist suggested the person do something that would normally be unacceptable to that person, the person would not cooperate. Of course the stage hypnotist works to avoid that situation.

Who can be hypnotized?

Almost anyone is hypnotizable. As a “rule of thumb”, the hypnotic state can be achieved by anyone with an I.Q. of 55 or better. Achieving results from a hypnosis session may have more to do with the skill of the hypnotist, than it does with anything else.

The client must be willing and capable of following the instructions of the hypnotist and have no unanswered fears about the process. Some strong-willed individuals feel they will not be good clients. When in fact, it is usually found that strong-minded and strong-willed persons achieve the same excellent results from hypnosis.

What can hypnosis help me with?

Hypnotherapy has helped people with almost every imaginable life challenge, including: Weight management, stress management/relaxation skills, pain management, improve sleep habits, alleviate apprehensions (fears), tobacco cessation (smoking/chewing), gain self-control from alcohol and drugs, gain a positive mental attitude, goal setting, sports improvement, increase self-confidence, learn self-hypnosis, improve study skills and memory, improve self-discipline, wellness and others.

Hypnosis has been recognized and used by many medical doctors and dentists since the mid-1950’s.

How many sessions will it take?

An average of 3 to 4 sessions generally one week apart are needed for most issues.

What should I know for an appointment?

Please avoid wearing perfume, cologne or other strong scents. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, something easy to relax in.

How does hypnosis work?

Using analytical hypnosis to address issues, such as: weight loss, smoking, depression, childbirth, stress, sports performance, confidence, habits, cravings, and fears, is about behavior modification. There is a developed behavior that is guiding your automatic reactions to events.

These reactions are based on your previous experience. When you are trying to change a behavior, it can be a very real struggle as your conscious mind attempts to change what your subconscious mind already has in place. You can compare it to the mindless way you may have trained yourself to lock the door when you get in the car. At first it takes conscious effort. Eventually it becomes automatic, to the point that you may not even know if you locked it or not without checking. Once that simple habit is in place, changing it is possible with some effort and repetition.

A habit can become stronger and more complex when you apply emotions and time. If someone has a strong fear about car doors being unlocked, they probably took on that fear at some fearful time in the past. It could have been someone’s innocent statement about car-jackings, a horror movie or a personal fearful moment. Any of those situations have the potential to create a fear behavior. The emotional content of this habit makes changing that behavior more involved. The simple fact that our mind does create behaviors means that our mind can change them, if we understand how.

Hypnosis has shown to be a rapid way to change behaviors, especially with modern hypnosis techniques. When using the very same principles behind our natural behavior creation, we can easily quit old habits as well as create new ones.

How Can Hypnosis Help You?

Weight Loss (and Management)

End your fight for control of your food choices, portions, snacking, and exercise. Changing your eating behavior with hypnosis allows you to make educated choices, free from inner conflict, will result in a healthy weight loss and improved life style.

Quit Smoking

You know you want to quit smoking at the very same time a part of you wants to continue. How much easier would it be to stop smoking if you had the right tools for the job?

Sports Improvement

Learn how to teach your body to respond with its full athletic potential. Hypnosis increases the power of creative visualization. Many clients have improved their game with a single hypnosis session. This will often involve visualization to create muscle memory. Then, formal hypnosis to boost the expectation of success and reduce any fear of failure.

Depression, Anxiety and Grief

You know life should feel better, but it isn’t. It can be different. Depression and grief can be our minds’ natural reaction to events. Hypnosis can help a person’s mind deal with these memories of sadness, loss, fear and anxiety, to actually feel freedom from them.

Pain Management

Repeated clinical studies show the sensation of pain is a function of your cortex and is based off of previous experience and expectations. Hypnosis makes use of this basic principle to reduce pain and help you manage your sense of well-being.

Stress and Anxiety

Much of our stress can be attributed to our learned behaviors in reacting to stress triggers. Stress can be a sense of feeling anxiety, fear, nervousness and being overwhelmed. Addressing these learned behaviors reduces the amount of stress and anxiety we experience. The remaining situational stress can then be more comfortably managed with self-hypnosis techniques.

Childbirth

Benefiting both Mother and Baby, often with reduced labor time and a less stressful experience.  No medication means no side effects, quicker recovery time, higher APGAR scores.  The baby’s pre-birth position can also be address.  Placenta Encapsulation is also available.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS, is estimated to affect up to 20% of the population in the U.S., of those affected, 67% are women. By comparison, only 9.5% of people are affected by depression and 7% by diabetes. The symptoms of IBS have shown to respond favorably to hypnosis techniques. Stabilizing a person’s emotional state, such as stress, anger, and worry, is a large part of the process.

Memory

Hypnosis can be very helpful when you want to recover memories. Whether you want to find your lost keys or want to remember a past event. While hypnosis is great for recall, it is important to understand how the mind deals with memories. Memories are fluid and always subjective. You remember things through the perspective you had at the time of the experience. Memories are not always factual. Sometimes they are symbolic or a mixture of fact and symbolism. When working with memories, you need a hypnotist experienced in this work.

Self-Hypnosis:

I believe that self-hypnosis is the basis for any strong hypnosis session when wanting long-term results. I teach a self-hypnosis rapid induction as a part of my normal session. The self-hypnosis, when used at home, is a practical way for people to reinforce the work in our sessions. This rapid induction is also used in my condensed self-hypnosis reinforcement audios.

Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)

NLP is a communication approach that connects language and behavioral pattern that we may have learned through direct experience in a specific way to help people gain their desired goals.

The creators of NLP have used this process to affect a change in phobias, depression, habits, trauma reactions, allergy and knee jerk responses.  Once the new pattern has been adopted, it is difficult to bring the unwanted behavior back!

NLP studies patterns of excellence used by exceptional people and allows us to adopt their patterns to achieve similar results.

NLP can be used by those that hypnosis is not an option for as a stand alone option, more often though, it is used as a language pattern or process that assists clients in hypnosis in gaining their desired results quickly and easily.

Corporate Stress Reduction

Emily is available to come to the work place for inservice, employee wellness (group or individual), and corporate stress management. Presentations are customized to meet your specific goals.

Integrating a stress reduction program into your organization can:

  • lower healthcare costs
  • reduce employee absenteeism
  • reduce staff turnover
  • reduce workplace conflict
  • improve workplace morale
  • improve employee performance
  • improve employees’ overall health and wellness
  • increase teamwork and creativity

What issues have you successfully treated?

Listed below are some of the issues I have successfully worked with in my Salem office:

*Working around Medically diagnosed conditions require a doctor referral, a form will be provided at our consultation.

†When presented issue has an underlying emotional cause rather than physiological

While professional hypnosis is a drug-free, natural alternative for many issues, hypnosis is complementary to conventional medicine.