Most Frequently Asked Questions
from Thousands of Consultations:

What happens in a session? I ask you questions, you answer them; I guide you to imagine different scenarios; I say positive things to your subconscious mind while you enjoy being in a natural healing state of hypnotic relaxation.

Is the consultation required? Yes.

What about confidentiality? Your confidentiality is guaranteed.

Will I be in a group? No. I offer exclusive, one-on-one sessions, fully customized to your needs.

I’m very intellectual. Great! So am I so we will get along just fine. 

I’m a very skeptical person. That needn’t be a problem.

Will I give up control? No. You remain in control the whole time.

I have never been hypnotized. We are all receiving hypnotic suggestions from our environment, including friends, family and all types of media. You have never experienced a hypnotic state with my help. That will be an empowering experience for you. 

Can hypnosis help me with…? I will tell you straight up if I can help you. 

The only thing I know about hypnosis is from that show I saw in high school, where the guy… No comment. 

My problem’s really weird. Try me. Consultation.

How long does a session take? Initial sessions are usually two hours. Subsequent sessions, one hour.

Can I try a one hour session and see how it goes? That would probably not be the best use of your money. My work is thorough and takes time. I usually require a minimum commitment of 3 hours total for any particular issue.

How many sessions will I need? That will vary case by case. Most people get good results in 2 or 3 sessions.

Will I be ok to work or drive afterwards? Yes. Most people feel refreshed afterwards. 

I’m concerned I might not be hypnotizable. Hypnosis is not a trick, it’s a capability that we all have. I work with your mind to assist you to access hypnosis in the most natural way for you.

Can I bring someone with me into the session to watch? Usually, I would advise against it. However, I will consider that on a case-by-case basis. 

Can you hypnotize two people at one time? Once again, I will consider it on a case-by-case basis. 

Can I bring my pet? I already have a therapy dog in the room, so I can’t allow any more animals. 

Where is your office?  In downtown Northampton at 71 King Street (route 5) near Main street. 

Is it covered by insurance? Insurance companies can’t pay me directly, but many plans reimburse clients. Ask your carrier.

Do you offer a money-back guarantee? Success in hypnotherapy is dependent on many factors outside my control. If you are unsatisfied after a session, please call me to discuss. I offer a complimentary “do-over” session 

What are the obstacles to success? Some of the insurmountable obstacles I have encountered that are the cause of failure are: the client isn’t feeling well; they withhold important information; they are in a highly anxious state; they are psychotic; they don’t really want the stated outcome; they are hostile to me; they are cognitively impaired; their expectations are different from what they told me in their consultation; they can’t hear me due to hearing loss; they will not follow my instructions; they’ve been pressured by a friend or family member.

I don’t have anything to work on, I just want to see if I can be hypnotized. I recommend we determine some area that we can focus on–either an obstacle you face or an area you’d like to improve. 

What’s your cancellation policy? More lenient than it should be. Up until the night before, no problem. Please don’t stand me up. I only get paid when I see clients. I can only do this work a limited number of times each week because it requires so much energy and concentration from me. If you stand me up, I will consider that a a theft of my time and will never, ever be willing to work with you in the future. Aside from that, emergencies happen, things get out of control. Do your best to show up. If you really can’t make it, have the courtesy to call or text. 

Do you record the session? Most times, I do not. What happens in a session, stays in a session. Confidentiality is paramount. In some cases, depending upon need, I will make a separate recording for a client to use at home. Most of the time that’s not necessary.

What will it cost? My rate is $175/hour with a minimum of three hours. Sometimes, discounts may be available; please ask. 


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