Myths and FAQs
How does hypnotherapy
differ from traditional psychotherapy (aka talk therapy)?
Hypnotherapy quiets the
judgment of the conscious mind long enough to access the answers in
the subconscious mind, your Ďah hasí as it were. If we have held
judgment about any of our feelings then the subconscious is not going
to volunteer its version of the experience only to be subjected to
further ridicule. The example would be any vulnerable child who is
frequently put down over time will limit its sharing to its
caregiver. For everything that you have in your life, it is because
you got your conscious and subconscious mind to line up together.
Anytime we feel discord inside, it is likely these two minds are
having a different experience that hasnít been reconciled
an ĎalternativeĒ psychological therapy?
No. Hypnotherapy has been an approved practice in the AMA (American
Medical Association) and the APA (American Psychological
Association) since 1963 through the help of a famous psychiatrist
hypnotherapist, Dr. Milton Erickson.
How do I know
if I can be hypnotized?
If hypnotherapy is a focused trance state, any one who is capable of
focused attention and truly wants some help in their life can and
will be hypnotized. It is said that most people are in Ďauto-pilotí
97% of their dayÖ.that is a form of trance, making it just another
form of trance to have hypnotherapy. So the answer is approximately
97% of people can be hypnotized. The critical factor between the
conscious and subconscious mind will be gently relaxed in
hypnotherapy only if the client wishes it to be and the subconscious
mind feels it will be safe for that person to know the information
held by the subconscious. Those persons with high control or high
safety needs often will benefit from just talking to me and getting
acquainted the first session and having their concerns discussed and
questions answered about hypnotherapy. Those clients often choose
hypnotherapy for part of their second session.
organized religionsí view of hypnotherapy?
There are no faiths that reject or denounce hypnotherapy. It doesnít
open your mind to any spiritual attack because you are merely
accessing deeper parts of yourself, not the outside world.
What are your
hours of operation?
Monday - Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
How do I
I welcome phone calls and questions. Please feel free to call me at
(509) 448-5660. Again, thank you for considering hypnotherapy and
Heartfelt Counseling and Hypnotherapy as your possible option to
better health and happiness.
What if my
insurance company says they donít cover hypnotherapy?
Most people are not aware that insurance companies are NOT liable
for the accuracy of the answers their telephone customer service
lines share with their members. Several people, including well
intentioned MDs still think hypnotherapy is an alternative therapy
and therefore not covered by outpatient mental health insurance
benefits, but that answer is incorrect. If you have outpatient
mental health (or commonly called behavioral health outpatient
visits) under your insurance contract, and wish to use your
insurance, seek a certified clinical hypnotherapist that takes your
insurance. Your insurance will only cover licensed mental health
practitioners which will limit hypnotherapists that donít already
have a medical or masters degree. I am a licensed hypnotherapist (HP 60113676). Call meÖ(509) 448-5660.
responsibility if I choose to use my mental health benefits of my
I recommend that you get the answers to the following five questions
(preferably thru your planís web site or most recent plan booklet
knowing that the telephone service advice is not legally binding to
the insurance company):
How many outpatient
mental health visits do I get in a benefit year?
What does my insurance
benefit year run (Ex: May-April, Jan-Dec)?
Do I have a deductible
before my benefits kick in?
Does my plan require my
primary doctor to write a referral?
Does my plan require me
to fax or send the referral in to my insurance company in order to
get a file claim # to be used when the insurance company is billed?