Is hypnosis medically approved?

Yes. The American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association have approved hypnotherapy for use by professionally responsible individuals since 1950.


What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of altered awareness during which our subconscious mind is more open and receptive to suggestions that are given. We drift in and out of different levels of awareness many times a day, absorbing information on a subliminal level as well as consciously. Your hypnotherapist will work with your imagination to help you achieve your goals. Hypnotherapy is gentle, safe, and very effective.


What is the difference between the conscious and subconscious mind?

The conscious mind stores your logic and reason, will and determination, as well as a few recent memories. The subconscious mind is much more powerful. The subconscious mind stores habits and patterns, fears, emotions, creativity, visualizations,  the body system, and the memory bank. Therefore, when you can change on a subconscious level, it is very effective.


How does it feel to be hypnotized?

Everyone is different. Some people say that their body feels like a lead weight, others say they feel as though they are floating away. Most people will agree that it is a lovely feeling because they are more relaxed than they have ever been before.


How does the subconscious accept hypnotic suggestions?

Hypnotic suggestions bypass the conscious mind and zero in on the subconscious. When given a new suggestion that is in bounds of the persons moral belief system, the subconscious mind accepts the suggestion literally as a new reality.


Do I have to remember things from my past in order to recover from my problem?

Not necessarily.  Events of the past created feelings at the time, those feelings created your subconscious beliefs. In hypnosis you can delete negative or limiting beliefs and replace them with more positive encouraging beliefs even without knowing exactly where they came from.


When I am 'under' will I be asleep?

During the hypnosis experience, you will be aware of everything that is happening and being said the whole time; however, you may find yourself drifting into different levels of awareness. A deeper state of trance feels similar to sleep; however, you are not actually asleep. Rest assured, you get the same success rate whether you go into a light, medium, or deep state of trance.

Will I remember everything afterwards?

That depends how deep in hypnosis you are, but generally most people do remember either most of it or certain parts. You will find that suggestions which have been given to you in hypnosis will resurface in your conscious awareness after your hypnosis session. These thoughts produce changes in your behavior, your way of thinking, and feeling.

Will I give away any secrets while I am hypnotized?

No, you won't say or do anything at all that you don't want to do. If you were given suggestions that you don't morally agree with, you would instantly come out of hypnosis.

How do I know I will wake up from hypnosis?

No one has ever remained in hypnosis indefinitely. It is a safe state to be in. It is the brain wave pattern that you go into right before you fall asleep.

Are there any side effects from hypnosis?

The only side effects are the beneficial ones. Hypnotherapy is a natural state, with only positive side effects.

Can I be hypnotized against my will?

No, anyone can resist it. Hypnosis is a cooperation between two people, and the person being hypnotized needs to want the desired outcome.


I am skeptical. Will the hypnosis still work?

Studies have shown that the success rate between people who believe in hypnosis compared to people who do not believe in hypnosis is only separated by a 3% difference. Therefore, whether or not you believe it will work, the odds are still dramatically in your favor.

I went to a hypnotherapist once before and it didn't work. Does this mean that I am not able to be hypnotized?

The most common reason for failure to induce trance is lack of rapport. To overcome this problem, you can make a free consultation appointment to meet with Carissa Brown Holscher, CCHt. to see is she is a good fit for you.

Can any person be hypnotized?

If you can dream, you can be hypnotized. Unless there is some sort of brain damage, people of average intelligence can be hypnotized in most cases. The depth of hypnotic trance varies by person. People get as good of results with a light trance as they do with a deep trance.

Are the results with hypnotherapy permanent?

Suggestions stay with some individuals indefinitely, others need reinforcement. The effects of hypnosis are cumulative.

How many hypnosis sessions will it take to reach my goal?

The length of hypnotherapy depends on the issue, and it depends on the client. In general, smoking cessation is typically 1-2 sessions, peak performance and overcoming phobias are typically 3-6 sessions, weight management are a minimum of 6 sessions, and other issues vary from 3-12 sessions. To get a better idea, feel free to schedule a free consultation.

Does insurance cover hypnotherapy?

Insurance does NOT typically cover the cost of hypnotherapy, nor do we do insurance billing at this time.

Does my Health Savings Account (H.S.A.) cover hypnotherapy?

Yes, typically H.S.A. accounts do cover hypnotherapy.  Check with your human resource department prior to your session to be sure. Special invoices are provided upon request.


What methods of payment are accepted for hypnosis services?
The four major credit cards (MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and Visa) are all accepted, as well as cash or check. Please makes checks payable to Carissa Brown Holscher, CCHt.


What are the rates?

Please call #303.525.6259 for current prices. Prepaid discount packages are available, or you may pay as you go.

We also offer a free 20-minute consultation to see if this is a good fit for you.