Are you feeling out of control?
Hypnosis can help.

Are you feeling out of control in an area of your life?
Do you know what you need to do, but find it hard — or nearly impossible—to follow through? Is there something in your life, like fear, stress, smoking, diet, drinking, or a lack of self confidence that seems to be in control of you, instead of you being in control of your own life? If so, you can feel better right now knowing hypnosis can help you get control of your life back.

I’m a local Bellingham hypnotherapist, and I love what I do. I get to help people make sweeping changes in their lives, and most report the change a lot faster and easier than they ever thought possible. They are surprised by the results they get from hypnosis, and once understood, it can be used easily for the rest of their lives. But there are many misunderstandings about hypnosis, so in this article I’m hoping to answer some of the most common questions and misconceptions.

What is hypnosis, really?
Simply put, hypnosis is just a state of mind —a very powerful state of mind where you are very focused and highly receptive. Some recent studies suggest that up to 95% of what we do every day is driven by subconscious and habitual thinking and behaviors. That’s why using willpower alone to make a change in your life is so challenging: consciously trying to make a change utilizes such a small percentage of our overall brain power. Hypnosis works by using the full power of our subconscious to make the changes we want to make. Hypnosis changes long-held beliefs and perceptions in a lasting and positive way that has the power to truly transform our lives.

Is hypnosis mind control?
Hypnosis is not mind control and the hypnotherapist does not have any control over the client. This misconception is common because of how hypnosis is portrayed on-screen and in entertainment-oriented hypnosis stage shows.
Instead, hypnosis is about giving YOU back control of your own life. I have helped many people who are very successful in many parts of their lives, but they just can’t seem to control a particular area like smoking, fear, past trauma or diet. They know exactly what they want to change, but they just can’t seem to do it. Hypnosis empowers them so they can take control over their own lives.

What is most surprising to people about their hypnosis experience?
Most people are surprised at how quickly and easily change can be made. Making a desired change can be fast and relatively easy, and hypnosis is one way to do that. I like to say there are many ways to healing and change, but my favorite is hypnosis because it is proven, intentional and deliberate.

Why do people go to a hypnotist?
People go to a hypnotist for a variety of reasons and some of the most common are to stop smoking, lose weight, improve self-confidence and reduce the stress in their lives. But hypnosis is also used very effectively for things like overcoming fears, removing habits and addictions, managing pain, resolving test anxiety, improving public speaking and sports performance and even finding misplaced items.

What is the cost, frequency of sessions and are sessions covered by insurance?
Hypnosis is typically not covered by insurance, and rates vary from practitioner to practitioner and depend on many things including the length of the session. Prices can range from $75 to $150 per session which usually last from 45 to 90 minutes. Typically you will see a hypnotherapist for multiple sessions, anywhere from 2-6 in most cases. The best way to find out this information is to call a local hypnotherapist and ask.

"People go to a hypnotist for a variety of reasons and some of the most common are to stop smoking, lose weight, improve self-confidence and reduce the stress in their lives."