Frequently Asked Questions - Hypnosis

When I began practicing thirty years ago the word “acupuncture” conjured up a whole world of stories and pictures for people; most of them inaccurate and incomplete. The same is true for the word “hypnosis” today. The questions and answers below will give you a clearer picture of what hypnosis is and what can be accomplished with it.

What is hypnosis and what does it do?

A simple definition of hypnosis is that it’s a natural state of heightened suggestibility created by a focused awareness, and a relaxation of the critical faculty of the mind. Hypnosis increases creativity and uncovers hidden resources, allowing participants to find their own answers to questions and concerns they might have. Over time I’ve found hypnosis to be a powerful way to cultivate self-awareness, self-care, and self-healing.

Who can benefit from hypnosis?

There’s a long list of uses for hypnosis: pain relief, reducing anxiety, phobias, and speech disorders, dermatological problems, changing negative lifestyle habits (drinking, smoking, weight management). It is also used to allay fears before surgical procedures, reduce blood loss, and speed up the healing process post-surgery. Hypnosis can also be used to improve memory and maximize concentration, improving one’s performance in activities like sports, public speaking, and the demands of the workplace.

What can I expect when I come for hypnosis?

The first session is 1.5 hours long. We use that time to discuss your concerns and clarify your goals. This time usually includes a brief induction or “trance” to familiarize you with the process. Subsequent visits are an hour in length.

You have your choice of being hypnotized either sitting in a chair or lying down. During hypnosis you are in an altered state which look likes sleep because the body is still and quiet. At the same time you’re still in control, still aware of what is happening, still able to speak, and can carry on a conversation as needed. You may not remember every word spoken by me, yet you will remember the content of the session. Most clients leave a session of hypnosis alert, relaxed, and refreshed.

How often do you recommend coming for hypnosis?

You should see tangible improvements in your concerns in 3-4 weekly visits. At that time we evaluate your progress and outline any next steps.

What are your qualifications to perform hypnosis?

I completed a course of study in 2013 with Melissa Tiers, the founder of the Center for Integrative Hypnosis in New York City. Completion of the course and certification by Melissa also qualified me to become a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, the oldest and largest organization of hypnotists in the country.

In addition to learning hypnosis, training with Melissa greatly expanded the number of tools I have available for conscious change work: Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or “tapping”, powerful ways to change thoughts, feelings, and behaviors with with Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and energy psychology.

How do I find out more?

The quickest way to contact me is to call (301) 776-2692. My email address is: tomballes1@yahoo.com