FAQs about Hypnosis (6)

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The word hypnosis is can describe a state or a process.

In Greek, the word “hypnos” translates to sleep, however, when it comes to hypnosis, this can be misleading. A hypnotic “sleep” is an altered state unlike normal sleep because it actually requires a relaxed, yet focused, attention of the mind in order for the suggestions to be received in an effective manner. Consciousness is suspended in natural sleep, but must be present in hypnosis.

NLP Co-Creator Richard Bandler describes hypnosis as “the process of guiding a person into a state where they have more direct access to their unconscious mind, which is where powerful changes can be made, deliberately through the use of suggestion.”



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Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis to promote positive change and development in a person’s thoughts and behavior. It’s most beneficial to people who are actively seeking to improve their quality of life. The role of the modern-day hypnotist for therapeutic purposes (versus a stage performer) is very similar to the role of a coach who is coaching you through customized, mind processes that facilitate behavioral change. In just one session you learn techniques that can benefit you for a lifetime.

While it’s considered complimentary to psychotherapy and psychiatric treatment and is sometimes used by medical and mental health professionals, it should be noted that hypnotherapy alone is not a substitute for the treatment of mental health conditions.


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You are in control of your mind at all times during hypnosis, so in this sense, hypnosis is mind control, but is actually self-control.

The American Psychological Association (APA) describes hypnosis as a cooperative interaction in which the participants respond to the suggestions of the hypnotist. Essentially, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis and a hypnotist is merely a guide in the process. You cannot be made to do or say anything against your will by hypnosis. You are aware of what is happening and have the ability to choose to participate or not participate at any time during the process.

Some people develop an impression of a hypnotist as a person who is controlling the mind of someone else based on their experience as an audience member of a stage hypnosis comedy show. In reality, however, the idea of the hypnotist controlling people’s minds in a hypnosis show is part of the illusion that enhances the entertainment value. All stage hypnosis participants are willing volunteers who are aware of the actions they are performing at all times. If it seems they are acting an a silly way, contrary to the way thay might act under normal circumstances, this is because they are so deeply relaxed and focused on the hypnotist’s instructions that they actually experience a loss of critical, self-consciousness that might inhibit that behavior. A good stage hypnotist creates an experience for participants that allows them to be so relaxed and carefree they enjoy being silly and playful without self-judgment. Still, the illusion of the hypnotist having control over the behavior of a group of people lends to the humor and good fun of the event. Unfortunately, this illusion and erroneous depictions in Hollywood films or fiction books also lend support to common misconceptions about what hypnosis actually is.


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No. Since hypnosis is a natural state that we access frequently in our daily lives, you will drift out of hypnosis with the same comfort and ease that you experienced as you entered into the relaxed state. Even if the hypnotist were to leave the room while you are in a hypnotic state you would eventually awaken yourself to full awareness or you would be so relaxed you would nap for a bit and awake refreshed.



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Most people who possess the mental capability of concentration and are willing to be hypnotized can be hypnotized. Additionally, contrary to popular belief that only weak-minded individuals make the best candidates for hypnosis, it is actually true that the greater the intelligence, the better the hypnotic subject. It is difficult, if not impossible, to hypnotize someone who is intellectually challenged, psychotic, or severely detached.




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Most clients begin to experience changes immediately following the first session, however, the work is ultimately designed to improve your quality of life in a cumulative way, each successive session customized to serve your new level of progress.

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FAQs about Private Sessions (5)

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SYLCAPÉ Method Sessions:

Your first hour of the 2-Hour Introductory Session begins with an interview, so I can get to know more about you and learn about changes you wish to make that will enhance the quality of your life. The interview is followed by detailed information about SYLCAPE Method approach and hypnosis, instructions on how to train your subconscious to work for you instead of against you, and some mind exercises and/or preparatory processes.

During the second hour of the Introductory Session, I will take you through a relaxation process where you experience hypnosis that is highly customized to your personal goals. The entire session is a live, personal, one-on-one session and the hypnosis portion is recorded and made into a mp3 download that will be emailed to you the next day, so that you may benefit from listening to it in between the first and second session.

Additional (follow-up) sessions also include a brief interview to get updated information and a live, customized hypnosis experience, also recorded for your personal use. Some clients prefer coaching and NLP exercises for most sessions and hypnosis on occasion. Your session format will be customized based on your preferences and goals. Archetype Wisdom Profile & Hypnosis components are often included in sessions 4 or 5 of a new SYLCAPE Method client package.

Before you leave, I will give your instructions on activities to continue at home that are useful for reinforcement.

For information on Archetype Wisdom Profile & Reading Sessions CLICK HERE

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I accept credit card payments on-site via Square if your credit card has a chip or is contactless.
VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Apple Pay are accepted.

If you only have a credit card suitable for swiping, you must pay in advance via an online invoice. Let me know this prior to the session.

Cash is also accepted on-site at the time of session, however please bring the exact amount owed as I may be limited in cash change offerings.

It is important to note that most insurance companies do not cover coaching or hypnosis services.

Regarding: Do I need to tip for this service?

A tip is not expected. However, if you love the service please tell others about your experience. This is the best tip alternative and it also benefits more than myself.


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First, review the Session Menu and select the session type you are most interested in. Then call to inquire about scheduling.

I’m also happy to do complimentary consultations via phone to answer questions if you are considering the purchase of a hypnosis package or help you decide which session will work best for your desired outcome.

To schedule a consultation or book a session, call 424-442-0699. If you get my voice mail, leave a message that includes your name, phone number, best times to reach you during the day, and the issue(s) you’d like to work on in our sessions or session type you’d like to schedule.


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All clients are seen on an appointment basis.

In-office private sessions are scheduled only on select days in two office locations: Playa Vista or Torrance.
Call for the current available schedule

phone 424.442.0699.

Existing clients & existing-client referrals have priority booking.
Other off-site sessions such as home visits (in the L.A. area only) might possibly be available, call to inquire.



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While I cannot reveal the identity of my clients (including you, should you become a client), I can tell you that I’ve worked with some very respected and talented individuals, some of which are internationally known in their respective fields, and some of those include award-winning actors and singers, many of which have used hypnosis techniques to secure bookings or improve performances.

I have conducted sessions with professional actors, book authors, professional singers, film and tv producers/directors, painters, screenplay writers, models, comedians, choreographers, educators, massage therapists, nurses, bankers, acupuncturists, attorneys, students, fitness instructors, athletes, entrepreneurs, psychologists, marketing specialists, sales reps, owners of retail businesses, information technology (IT) specialists, other talented hypnotists, and more.

Sessions are customized to your goals, including professional goals, should you be working on that life area.

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