Preparing for Your Session

Things you need to know before your session.

Is This Your First Session with MHI?

When you schedule your first session, after your Strategy Call, there are a few questions you may have about how things will go and what is expected of you, etc.

If this is your first session with MHI then don’t worry, it’s going to be a lot of fun. Depending on your reason for seeking out Hypnotherapy, your first appointment could be anywhere from 1 to 2 hours in length. This allows us enough time to get everything taken care of, make sure all your paperwork is completed and really get a firm grasp on why you’re here, how hypnosis can help you, and how your journey may progress from there.

We will go over everything in more detail during your strategy call, but you may be required to do a few things or bring something in to your first session, for example, smokers may be required to bring in their last pack of cigarettes if they have not already disposed of them, as well as removing all smoking related items from their home, car, office etc. and refrain from smoking at all the day of their appointment.

If you’ve experienced hypnosis before with someone else, then great, please let us know how that worked out for you, what they did, what you liked, and what worked or didn’t work for you.

For those completely new to hypnosis, check out my F.A.Q. page to see some commonly asked questions.

In your first session we will go over some basics, discuss hypnosis, how the mind works, go over your problems and how hypnosis will help, then we will test your suggestibility, guide you into hypnosis and assist you with some positive changes that will help you on your journey to reaching your goals.

Zoom Video Calls

What do you need?

A computer/laptop, tablet or good size phone will work fine. Even better if you have some kind of stand/tripod to hold your device at the right angle so you can see it and it can see you clearly. From the tip of your head down to about your waist is good. Full body is even better.

Your internet should be fast enough that you get good video and audio signal without interruptions but we can work around that if it were to happen.

You should be joining the Zoom call 5-10 minutes before your appointment time so that you can make sure everything is working right and confirm your setup will work, without eating into your appointment.

There will also need to be a backup phone number in case the Zoom call goes down for some reason, due to internet or other technology related problems, so that I can call you we can continue the session via phone.

Information regarding the Zoom access link can be found within the emails sent to you, which may include a link and a password to access the video call.

Please ensure you are well hydrated (with water preferably) and will not require a bathroom break during the session.

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Michael sitting at a desk with a laptop
Graphic depicting a person sitting at a table with a laptop and a recliner chair

Your Room Setup

Your location must meet certain requirements, so that we can have an uninterrupted session, and you should be free of interruptions during your session.

The ideal setup would be a dining chair and table or standard desk and chair, with a nearby recliner.

However, if you you have a good recliner with a headrest and flat arm rests that are comfortable to rest your arms on without being too low down. That will work great too!

The area should be well lit and your device and camera should have a clear line of sight to you at all times, so that I can see from the top of your head all the way down to your mid torso at least, with your arms and hands visible too. See diagram for example.

Headphones can be useful if you have a long enough cable, or preferably wireless/Bluetooth headphones, as it will assist with you focusing only on the session and tuning out the world around you.

If you need to use regular speakers just make sure you can hear them clearly and there is no feedback into your microphone and that will work just as well.

However your room is we will work out a way to set it up for the optimum session environment.

As in the diagram, I will at one point have you sit like the person against the desk with the arm flat on the desk. If your camera is unable to see your arm and head in full shot, then you may need to prop the arm up higher. Using a stable pile of books to support your arm from elbow to finger tips is best or a large firm cushion/pillow.

Hypnotherapy Done Remotely, is it as Good?

Hypnotherapy works great via phone, Zoom, and in-person session, in the same way, it all depends on the techniques used and how the session is tailored to fit the client. Sometimes doing a remote session can even be more beneficial for quicker change.

I use a variety of techniques that are adapted to fit each client and type of session.

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Lazy brown dog sleeping

Is it safe, private, secure?

Hypnosis is very safe as it is a natural state that we enter several times throughout the day.

Doing a Hypnotherapy session over Zoom is just as safe as an in-person session.

We also have in place various secure systems, from the booking of appointments to the session calls themselves.

Everything is made as secure as we can, so your session and information remains 100% confidential and secure.

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American Hypnosis Association (AHA)

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Professional Organization of Stage Hypnotists (POSH)


Association of Professional Stage Hypnotists


Association of Professional Hypnotherapists & Psychotherapists (APHP)


Association of Complete Mind Therapists (ACMT)


International Certification Board of Coaches and Hypnotists (ICBCH)


American Alliance of Hypnotists (AAH)


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* DISCLAIMER: Results may vary from person to person. We guarantee the very best service using current information and appropriate hypnotic techniques for your situation. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are not meant to diagnose or treat any disease, but rather to guide you toward being more effective in helping yourself make positive changes. Issues of a medical or psychological nature can only be worked on in conjunction with and referral from a licensed medical or psychological professional.