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Q: How do I book an appointment?
A: You may call/text me directly at (312) 281-8855, fill out the form on the contact page and make sure to include your email, your name, phone number, and reason for appointment. We look forward to speaking with you!
Q: I am interested in counseling, but find it difficult to make the appointment in the office. Are there other options?
A: Yes. We also offer phone and video counseling sessions, secured via zoom, skype, fcc, etc.
Q: Is the session confidential?
A: Yes. Your confidentiality is protected by law. In order for your well-being to be successful, you need to feel comfortable. Confidentiality policies are detailed below.
Q: What will happen at my first appointment?
A: The first appointment is a time to discuss your needs and concerns, to determine if our relationship is the right fit. You will want to feel as though you can meet your goals with the coach /therapist /doctor you have chosen, and the first appointment is an opportunity to begin to see if you feel you can do that. You will need to fill out an intake form and review the confidentiality policies. The initial appointments can last from 60 to 90 minutes.
Q: Do I have to share everything about myself ?
A: You decide what is shared. Regaining well-being is a process, and revealing aspects about yourself can take time. It is important to develop a trusting relationship with your coach /therapist /doctor so you ultimately feel comfortable sharing as much about yourself as will help your concerns that brought you to your appointment.
Q: Isn't willpower enough for most problems?
A: Resolving issues now has the potential to prevent problems from becoming serious in the future. Seemingly simple solutions, like attempting to just stop doing something or stop thinking a certain way, may not work. Sometimes navigating and dealing with emotions and relationships takes resources or skills that you may not have yet tapped into and therefore, you may have difficulty solving the problem. We are here to help you build those resources and skills.
Q: How do I pay for services?
A: Payments are made by Paypal or major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, etc) when you request your appointment. If you need to cancel you must phone or text us 48 hours in advance of your appointment time in order to receive a refund (refunds take approx 3-10 business days) and to avoid being charged a full session fee. Packages include discounts. One single session is never enough for transformation.
Q: Do you take my insurance?
A: Many people would rather not have visits documented on their health records. If you would rather utilize your insurance benefits, you will be able to utilize the invoice provided after your appointment to submit to your insurance. In-network and out-of-network insurance benefits will cover only portions of the cost and vary by insurance plan; not all plans are alike.
Q: Do you prescribe medication?
A: No, we do not. In order to obtain medication, you will need to be evaluated by your medical doctor.
Q: How many sessions do I need?
A: Most often people attend coaching sessions once per week and if necessary, we can schedule you more often than that. Doctor sessions vary depending upon test results the doctor may order; you will be notified by the doctor.
Q: Can I make multiple appointments?
A: Yes. We can schedule appointments for multiple weeks in advance to ensure you have a time slot with which you are comfortable.
Q: How long is a session?
A: An initial assessment plus a short hypnosis session is scheduled for 1.5-2 hours. Follow-up sessions are 60-90 minutes.
Q: How many sessions do I need?
A: This depends largely on the person and the issue being addressed. A typical hypnosis process consists of an initial session and 3 or 5 follow-up sessions. Some people keep a regular appointment for ongoing support, and others see me as needed. A transformation package consists of 10 sessions.
Q: What to expect during a coaching or hypnosis session?
A: Our session usually begins with a conversation. We discuss your goal or situation, the hypnosis process, homework or tasks assigned to you in prior session, and any questions you might have. When and if we use hypnosis I help you let go of physical tension and get your mind into a state similar to pre- and post-sleep, daydreaming, or meditation. Hypnosis is most often a state of intensified physical relaxation and mental focus. You remain conscious throughout the session, interacting with me during hypnosis by signaling or speaking. Hypnosis is not sleep, and you do not lose control or go into a frozen, cataleptic state. Many people experience some dissociation (i.e. “blanking out”) during hypnosis, but this does not hinder the process. In fact, it can enhance the effectiveness of hypnotic suggestions. When hypnosis is concluded, it is normal to feel so relaxed that you don’t want to move. You can emerge from hypnosis slowly and gently, and you will be able to go about your day normally. Please allow minimum of 20 minutes before driving a car after a hypnosis session.
Scope of practice:
As a coach and hypnotist my role is to help you resolve everyday problems using hypnosis. I respect your model of the world and I do not seek to influence or re-direct your model of the world (political, religious, gender, economic, etc views), but to provide solutions that best fit your needs. I am not a medical doctor or mental health practitioner. I do not diagnose, prescribe, treat, cure, or heal any physical, mental, or emotional illness. The services I render are not a form of health care or psychotherapy. The physical, emotional and mental well-being of each client is my primary consideration. I recommend that you seek medical and/or professional help when appropriate. Hypnosis is not a substitute for medical treatments or medications. I will withhold non-referred hypnotic services if a client’s behavior, appearance or statements would lead a reasonable person to believe that the client should be evaluated by a licensed health care professional, and will provide services to such clients only after evaluation and with the approval of the licensed health care professional. If you need a diagnosis or any other type of treatment from a different practitioner, I will assist in a coordinated transfer of services to another practitioner. I do not perform hypnosis for unrealistic goals or inappropriate requests. For example, I will not hypnotize someone for another person to determine whether they are telling the truth, or to exert outside influence on them.
I am a Certified by the American Board of Hypnotherapy, International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapists and by the American Board of Neurolinguistics. If you ever have a complaint about my services or behavior that I cannot resolve for you personally you may contact the board the to seek redress.
Confidentiality and privacy:
Your confidentiality is protected by law. I maintain the confidentiality of all knowledge and information concerning my clients. I will not tell anyone that you are my client. I may disclose information only when required by law or when authorized by those responsible for the client’s care.
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