I will lose self-control and be under the hypnotherapist's power
and control during the hypnosis.
is not the same as stage hypnosis. Each of the 8 certifying national
organizations for certified clinical hypnotherapists require their
hypnotherapists to sign a Code of Ethics to certify and recertify.
These ethics speak to not taking a client into so deep a focused
trance that their conscious mind (the discerning, thought based
mind) has been sent completely away leaving the very literal
unconscious mind open and vulnerable to the hypnotherapist's
Your unconscious mind
has some built in safeguards that protect clients choosing
hypnotherapy to evoke change in their lives. These safeguards
include: the unconscious mind never revealing more than the client
can handle, the unconscious never contemplating something it
ordinarily do and any deeply seeded belief (such as a religious
faith or strong value) can not be changed without the client's
permission. For example, you could never talk a client into changing
faiths just because it was suggested, besides the fact that such a
suggestion would be counter to the Code of Ethics of certified
Hypnotherapy is a magic bullet for my problems and habits.
is highly effective for many medical and mental health illnesses. It
is one of the top 2 evidence based practices for general
anxiety, panic attacks, social phobia, specific phobias like fear of
public speaking or heights and trichotillomania.
It is highly
effective for overcoming habits such as nail biting, smoking,
gambling, over-eating, alcohol abuse and test taking anxiety. It is
not a magic bullet, however my years of experience doing both
hypnotherapy with clients has confirmed that clients that choose
hypnotherapy make faster progress than those clients that choose
just psychotherapy regarding overcoming their challenges or making
the changes they desire.
Hypnotherapy is an alternative therapy that my insurance won't pay
is an American Medical Association and American
Psychological Association approved therapy. It was approved by
both associations in 1963 through the efforts of a famous
hypnotherapist psychiatrist, Dr. Milton H. Erickson. Client
appointments (commonly called outpatient mental health counseling
visits or behavioral health outpatient visits) are billed and
classified according to the challenge the client presents with, not
the type of therapy used. People contacting the toll free numbers of
their insurance companies will often be told that their policy
hypnotherapy but that is information provided by a telephone triage
staff member of the insurance company. This person does not do
mental health or behavioral health counseling, they just answer
questions of their subscribers. I have been in business since 1998
and have successfully worked with insurance companies. Please
contact me for further details at (509) 448-5660.
I can't be hypnotized.
A: 97% of the
population can be hypnotized. We operate in and out of trance states
at different times. For example, ever had a day dream, like stopped
at a red light, and woke up to the present by car behind you
honking? Have you
ever had a sexual fantasy during the day? Have you ever been so
transfixed in a tv show or movie that you didn't hear someone in the
same room calling your name several times? These can happen to most
people at different times in their day or life. Simple
suggestibility tests can check to see how tight a control you keep
over your conscious mind.
I would never allow any therapist to mess with my mind, conscious or
allows a person to quiet the often loud and overbearing conscious
mind that judges them and holds very limited info about themselves
while accessing the unconscious mind. The unconscious mind is a
person's emotional and mind-body connection mind. It holds all their
imagination, memories, programming or 'autopilot' and runs their
body systems. Albert Einstein knew the value of the unconscious mind
which has been dubbed 'the powerhouse' of a human being. Dr.
Einstein said, "Imagination is everything. It is the preview of
coming attractions." He also said, "You can never solve a problem
with the same consciousness that created it."
The judgment our
conscious mind exerts on us makes any profound forward movement in
our life more difficult. It adds a second cup of pain to any
existing cup of pain from a trauma or significant painful event or
habit. Quieting the judgment of the conscious mind while accessing
the answers held in the unconscious mind is very helpful to the
client understanding a particular behavior or the absence of a
behavior they say they want to cultivate and gently working toward a
resolution of such a discrepancy. The hypnotherapist doesn't provide
the client's answers. The client is guided into their unconscious
mind, which is the only mind that can access Higher Consciousness,
or what Einstein called 'the stream of superconsciousness' which can
problem solve anything and provide inspired answers.
A person is totally exposed in hypnotherapy.
unconscious mind has the built in safeguard of never revealing more
than the client can handle. A client has the freedom to speak their
awarenesses aloud in hypnotherapy or remain silent to what they
observe and note. After a client has been guided into their
unconscious mind, by the hypnotherapist, the client can do the work
quietly and nonverbally, of they so desire and ask the
hypnotherapist for help as needed.
How does organized Christian religions view hypnotherapy?
Most organized religions have approved the use of hypnotherapy, just
as the AMA, APA and the BMA (British Medical Association) have.
would be wise to check a hypnotherapist’s education, clinical
experience, current professional association membership is in good
standing, and their state licensure, as they would for any health
care professional they’re considering.
I called my insurance company and they said hypnotherapy isn't
A: First, commend
yourself for lasting on 'hold' all that time before talking to a
real human being! Second, most people don't realize that insurance
companies are not liable for their telephone triage, even
if you documented the customer service telephone operator's name
and the date and time you called them. (Please see misperception
number 3 above). Insurance companies are liable for their
written benefit explanations in benefit booklets or online versions
of your group plan's benefit descriptions, which can be printed off
their site. Some printers will note the url or the date of printing.
Here are the questions
you may want to research:
Does my plan have any
behavioral health or mental health outpatient visits?
If my plan has
behavioral health or mental health outpatient visits, how many in
a benefit year?
How does the benefit
year run? For example, is it January to December?
Does my policy require
a deductible be met before the policy's benefits kick in? If so,
how much is my deductible?
Does my policy have a
preferred provider list?
Does your policy
require a doctor's referral? Most insurance companies allow their
subscribers to self-refer to a counselor.
Does your policy
require that you get a pre-authorization number from your
insurance company to give to the counselor when you start therapy?
If you get stuck any
where along this maze of questions, please do not fret. Please call
me and I will be happy to assist you. Large employment offices often
have a benefits person who can help as well.
So whether we ever meet
or not, I wish you the very best in your personal development
Kathy Jo M. Avery, BSN,
Thank you for your interest in
Heartfelt Hypnosis. I welcome your call.
call me now at (509) 448-5660.
By appointment only.
5919 S. Cook, Spokane, WA 99223-6919