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What is This Hypnotherapy You Speak Of?
What is a Session Like?

Hypnotherapy is a self-improvement modality which helps people use deep relaxation to gain more access to inner resources for making positive changes. As a hypnotherapist, I guide clients into a natural state of hypnotic relaxation which helps them drift into deeper contact with their subconscious mind and their innate creative intelligence.

I then guide the client to draw on the powerful resources of the deeper subconscious and creative intelligence to apply to achieving goals and bringing more peace and comfort into daily life. During and after each 90 minute to 2-hour session, clients are provided with tools, resources and affirmations to use with their own self hypnosis to be practiced between office sessions.

Clients come to a session with a goal or concern they want to address. I am happy to offer a free consultation to determine whether or not hypnotherapy is possibly a good fit for a given issue or person. My role in each session is that of teacher, guide and coach.

What does hypnosis feel like? Will I lose all control?

According to Dr. David Spiegel, medical director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, "People think (hypnosis) is a means of taking away control, but it is actually a means of enhancing control--over perceptions such as pain, anxiety, habits, stress.''

My clients describe the hypnosis trance state as extremely relaxing and peaceful. Some say they feel light and floaty, others describe pleasant tingling and others speak a relaxing, heavy, grounded sensation. Everyone says they enjoy the experience and look forward to doing more. Most thank me for helping them resolve their issue. Contrary to misguided movie plot-lines, clients remain in control and can come out of trance any time they choose. When sessions are complete and the hypnotic state is over, clients usually feel refreshed, fully alert and intensely energized to make changes they want to make.

Yeah But How Does Hypnotherapy Work Exactly?

By taking the time to deeply listen to your concerns and to understand the goal you wish to achieve, I am able to create sessions for you that are designed to help you reach your goal in the most efficient way possible and then practice with a custom recording or other method to keep the process of change happening. Some issues can be effectively changed in one session and then reinforced with recordings and other activities. Some issues require multiple sessions which build upon one another - from 3 - 6 sessions typically. For certain medical issues, hypnotherapy must be used in conjunction with medical treatment, never in place of it.

Hypnotherapy includes learning skills to achieve deep relaxation (self hypnosis) and collaborating with a hypnotherapist to transform limiting beliefs and uncomfortable emotions. Anxiety, pain, blocks and issues are approached as the subconscious mind's strategies which once may have served a purpose, but are now out-of-date. The hypnotherapist and client work together to evaluate these issues at their root and then revise, re-frame, transform and update beliefs for a healthier response to the world. Very often, for example, physical pain can be remarkably relieved by shifting the thought processes surrounding the event that caused the pain and the sensation of the pain itself.

Give examples of things you have helped people with successfully?

Pain - chronic, migraine, pre and post surgery,

Insomnia and Sleep Issues


Test Anxiety and Anxiety in General - Learn to feel grounded, confident, calm and focused

Performance/Public Speaking/Auditions - Powerful tools to bring your mind into calm, effective focus

How Hypnotherapy Has Helped Me Personally

Testimonials are published on Google listing and on Facebook, in the meantime, here is my own testimonial for the power of hypnotherapy. Below is a small handful of changes I have experienced since beginning my studies as a certified medical support clinical hypnotherapist. These were all done a combination of self hypnosis and hypnotherapy sessions with one of my esteemed instructors and talented hypnotherapist Adrian Rusin.

  • Before and after joint surgery on my right shoulder, I kept myself comfortable using self hypnosis - and no prescription painkillers.
  • I rest much more deeply and fall asleep when I choose.
  • I focus more while working out and weight training for a more intense workout.
  • I have relieved all grief from personal losses including the deaths of several close family members.
  • I had suffered from migraines for years, but I am now able to function normally while experiencing a migraine and am gaining more and more capacity to comfort myself.
  • I have dramatically increased my ability to draw upon resources such as my higher power/creative intelligence, self love, self-acceptance, courage, self-forgiveness, and serenity.

OK, I have to ask . . . Will you make me cluck-like-a-chicken?

All questions are welcome! I am glad you asked!

No, I cannot "make you cluck like a chicken" like the hypnotist guy seemed to be able to do in the stage hypnosis night club act you saw in college. Since this is the most common joke I hear (which belies the concern about loss of control) please allow me to clear the farmyard air right now. Because no one can be hypnotized against their will (yes, even those stage hypnosis act volunteers were in total control), the client cannot be "made to do" anything he or she does not choose to do. The client is always in control. Hypnotherapy employs hypnosis as a tool for relaxation but other than that it bears no resemblance to the night club acts.

What does it mean to be "certified" by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners?

In Indiana, anyone can call themselves a hypnotherapist with little to no training. (Unlike psychotherapy or psychology.) The A. C. H. E. certification assures you that I am well educated and held to high professional standards by the primary organization regulating hypnotherapy training in the USA. I am happy to tell you more about the rigorous training I have enjoyed and the continuing education I am required to complete annually to maintain my standing with the certifying council.

What exactly IS hypnotherapy?

The definition of Hypnotherapy: Hypnotherapy is an educational and self-improvement process that facilitates access to internal resources that assist people in solving problems, increasing motivation, or altering behavior patterns to create positive change.

Facts About Hypnotherapy from my certifying organization, A. C. H. E.

Hypnotherapy is not a substitute for medical treatment or psychotherapy. Nell Weatherwax does not practice medicine or psychotherapy and her services are not a replacement for counseling, psychotherapy, psychiatric or medical treatment.

What is Medical Support hypnotherapy?

Medical support hypnotherapy is used only as an adjunct to conventional medical treatment. Once you have worked with a medical doctor, I can provide helpful processes which can speed your healing and support the medical treatment as a complementary modality. If you are suffering from pain that is no longer serving a signaling purpose, hypnotherapy and self hypnosis can help alleviate and sometimes eliminate that pain. If you are preparing for surgery, childbirth, or undergoing medical treatments, hypnotherapy can help you channel the powerful resources of your mind to bring you more comfort and speed your healing.

How much does it cost?

My sessions run from 90 min to two hours - with the first session always being 2 hours. Most sessions run for 2 hours. The cost is per session and not per hour and is $160. I prefer to have a free phone consultation before setting the first appointment. Feel free to contact me to arrange that consultation at no charge or obligation.

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