Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more about hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, and how things are done here at MHI.

Common Questions People Ask About Hypnosis.

Below are answers to some commonly asked questions. If you still haven’t found the answers you seek, please feel free to contact Michael and he will answer any questions you may have about Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis.

Hypnosis is a completely natural state that we enter at least twice a day. It is a state we pass through between the sleeping and waking states.

Have you ever been to a movie and found yourself so wrapped up in the story that you get emotionally involved, you forget it’s a movie, even if for only a moment.

How about while driving, when you get to your destination not fully remembering the trip you just took, or missing your freeway exit.

Hypnosis can also be described as a shift in attention or a heightened state of focus. This focus is often internal focus, but can also be external.

After your first Hypnotherapy session you may be saying, “No way I was hypnotized, I knew what was going on all the time.” Well of course! Hypnosis is not a state of amnesia or of no awareness. As I explain, many find hypnosis to be a heightened state of awareness, where your senses may appear amplified, some people hear and remember every word and sound. Other people may drift in and out throughout the whole process and some even lose track of time altogether and don’t recall a thing.

It is very subjective to each client.

To best explain what a Hypnotherapist is and is not, read this quoted passage:

“Many people assume a Hypnotherapist must be a Psychologist or Medical Doctor. Hypnotherapist however, is a profession in and of itself whose scope and preparation is quite different from these other professions.”

To summarize, you don’t have to be a Doctor, Psychologist, etc. to practice Hypnotherapy.

Doctors diagnose and treat medical conditions, Psychologists diagnose and treat emotional and mental disorders, and Hypnotherapists work with vocational and avocational self improvement.

“These are things that do not qualify as a medical disorder or an emotional and mental disorder. In the scope of the health services, these are the little things.”

Hypnotherapists are the ONLY professionals that are specifically trained to work in certain areas, such as motivation, confidence, public speaking, and sports performance among other areas.

“The HMI graduate has more hours, length and depth of training in hypnotherapy than any other health care professional.”

From what I have seen a typical Hypnotherapist, who trained at a good school like I did with HMI, receives several times as many hours of training than the average Doctor or Psychologist is required to complete before being considered qualified to practice Hypnotherapy.

You can read the full article the quotes were taken from here What is a Hypnotherapist?

The definition of Hypnotherapist, quoted from the Dictionary of Occupational Titles*:

Induces hypnotic state in client to increase motivation or alter behavior patterns: Consults with client to determine nature of problem. Prepares client to enter hypnotic state by explaining how hypnosis works and what client will experience. Tests subject to determine degree of physical and emotional suggestibility. Induces hypnotic state in client, using individualized methods and techniques of hypnosis based on interpretation of test results and analysis of client’s problem. May train client in self-hypnosis conditioning.

* The Dictionary of Occupational Titles or D-O-T refers to a publication produced by the United States Department of Labor which helped employers, government officials, and workforce development professionals to define over 13,000 different types of work, from 1938 to the late 1990s.

Hypnotherapy is where a person trained in the use of hypnotic techniques (the Hypnotherapist) bypasses a persons critical mind allowing better access to their subconscious mind, for the purpose of helping the client make positive changes in their life.

You will be aware of everything around you during hypnosis, in fact people often have a heightened sense of their surroundings. At no point will you be asleep. A Hypnotherapist will notice if you begin to get too relaxed and look like you are falling asleep and will wake you just enough. For the hypnosis to be effective the client needs to be in hypnosis and not fully asleep.

Yes. Just about everyone can be hypnotized.

So long as they are willing, have at least average intelligence and the ability to sit still and focus for a period of time, and the hypnosis is tailored to their suggestibility type.

There are two distinct types of Hypnotic Suggestibility – “Emotional and Physical”.

So, it’s also dependent on the person who is doing the hypnotizing to correctly assess the clients suggestibility, to determine if they are more responsive to inferred or literal suggestions, and tailoring the language and hypnotic techniques used accordingly.

To put simply, no.

Being as hypnosis is a very natural state that people enter in and out of on their own quite often, there is no danger involved.

You can say that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis and is in no way mind-control. Your Hypnotherapist is simply a guide that will assist you in and out of the state of hypnosis, offering positive suggestions to help you make wanted changes in your life, and preparing your mind to better accept those suggestions.

You are in complete control at all times, no one can make you do anything you do not want to do, and you can reject any suggestions that you do not wish to take on board.

You also cannot get “stuck” in hypnosis, you will naturally exit the hypnotic state on your own if left for a period of time.

Typically your session will be at the MHI office in Redford, MI.

However, for those clients a little farther away, such as those clients not in Michigan, it is possible to arrange an online session using Zoom video calls.

Clients wishing to have a session in their own home should contact MHI directly before booking, to discuss distance and additional travel fees.

While we appreciate that you may wish to bring someone with you, the session is more effective without the distraction of a friend or partner. Sessions are a personal and private matter, and with your best interests in mind, we prefer that you have them wait elsewhere until your session is over.

As far as join and group sessions go, unless it is stated otherwise in a specific package, program, or workshop, all sessions are solo.

A typical session can last anywhere from 50-90 minutes, depending on various factors.

The cost depends on several factors, what issues you are addressing, what work will be involved, and how many sessions you end up needing.

Don’t think of it as a cost but rather an investment in your future.

You are working with a professional to assist you with one or more problems that are interfering with your life in some way, maybe even your job, or your health.

What is your future happiness worth to you?

Payment is made at the time of purchase for packages and programs or at the time of booking for individual sessions, to secure your appointment.

We accept payment via most major credit/debit cards through the online booking system, get in touch if you would like to discuss payment via PayPal, Cash or another method.

We do not take insurance.  In general, most insurance
companies do not cover hypnosis, yet you could inquire to see if it is a reimbursable expense. We will happily provide a receipt of service if needed.