Frequently Asked Questions


What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis is a tool that is used to help an individual enter a deep state of relaxation where they increase hyperfocus and concentration. This state is often referred to as the trance state. While that may sound intimidating, rest assured, we enter trance-like states all the time. If you've ever found yourself zoning out while you  are driving, watching a movie, or reading a book, you've been in the trance state.

Hypnosis is the tool hypnotherapists use to  help clients overcome a variety of physical or mental conditions. It works by connecting your conscious mind to your subconscious mind during the trance state. The American Psychological Association has indicated that while hypnosis has been controversial, most clinicians agree that it can be a powerful tool to help individuals suffering from a wide range of conditions including pain, anxiety, and mood disorders. For more information, visit the About section of this website.

Can I stop seeing my physician?

Hypnosis can be an excellent complementary or supplemental tool for various physical and emotional issues. The services provided by Debra are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. 

While many people find hypnosis therapeutic, some serious psychiatric or mental health problems require you to continue visiting your psychotherapist or psychiatrist.  Hypnosis is not a treatment that can cure mental illness. People suffering from psychosis, suicidal depression, and other serious mental disorders should use hypnotherapy as a complement to their current treatment plan. 

What if I don't wake up after hypnotherapy?

Don't let what you see in movies fool you. There is a myth out there that you can go into a hypnotic trance and not wake up. Rest assured knowing that stories like these are simply not true. While in session, you will still be conscious. You are awake, participating, and remembering your experience. 

Will you make me cluck like a chicken?

Sure, if you want me to. If you are asking this question, it is likely because you've seen a stage hypnotist. Their goal is to entertain, not aid in change. Participants who do what the stage hypnotist suggests do so because they want to. It is important to remember that hypnotherapists cannot make you do something you do not want to do.  All the suggestion in the world cannot make you do something unless you want what is suggested and that you agree with it.

Can you make me do things I don't want to?

The quick answer is ABSOLUTELY NOT! Hypnotherapy is not mind control or brainwashing. While you are in a trance state, you are still fully in control of your actions. You can still hear things around you, and you cannot be forced to do something against your will. 

Do all people respond to hypnotherapy?

How many sessions you need and whether or not you'll respond varies by person. As mentioned, in order for a person to fully respond to hypnotherapy, they not only have to want the change, they must believe in the change. During the consultation, your unique needs will be identified in order to determine if we are a good fit for one another and if hypnosis can help you.


Do you accept health insurance?

I do not accept health insurance at this time. This is why we offer a variety of packages with flexible payment options to help you overcome financial barriers that may exist. We accept credit cards, PayPal, Venmo, and cash.

Keep in mind, some insurance providers will reimburse you if you have a medical doctor refer you. You may also be able to use your HSA or Flex Spending account. Please consult your provider for further information on whether or not services are reimbursable. 

What if I buy a single session and need more?

You may choose to continue paying per session or you may apply the amount paid to the Standard or Ultimate package.

Are the things we talk about kept confidential?

Trust is one of the most important components in the hypnotherapy relationship. One way I build trust is by keeping our sessions confidential. Some conversations with me may not be privileged for legal purposes. I take confidentiality seriously and will not release information to a third party unless required by law.