What is hypnosis?

The two-word definition of hypnosis is focused concentration. When you relax your physical body and focus all your attention in one area – that is how you can enter a state of hypnosis. Hypnosis is a state of mind where you are able to accept suggestions that you normally are unable to. This is often referred to as a “trance” state. Hypnosis is a “tool” that can be used to create positive changes in your life.

Is hypnosis safe to do?

Hypnosis has been around for thousands of years and it has been called many things. The movies and television have sometimes portrayed hypnosis to be mind controlling or supernatural simply for viewer effect. Hypnosis is a natural state that we actually go into several times a day without realizing it. You might be watching a television program or reading a book and someone in another room is calling you. You are so focused on what you are watching or reading, you don’t hear the other person who has repeatedly called you. You might be thinking about something while you are driving your car and when you arrive at your destination, you say, “The car must have been on autopilot, I don’t remember driving that past two miles!” These are all examples of being in hypnosis.

Where will I be hypnotized?

All sessions are private, one-on-one sessions in my professional office. I do not do group sessions for most clients. Group settings tend to be distractive and impersonal. When you are in my office, you are the only client I am focused on. Your needs are my only concern. I arrange travel visits for clients who are homebound and for busy professionals who have the proper office setting available. I also travel out-of-state for V.I.P. clients. Travel appointments are at additional costs, please inquire through my office.

Can anyone be hypnotized?

Most people can be hypnotized. Usually children under the age of eight or adults with dementia cannot be hypnotized as they lack the ability to focus.

How does it feel to be hypnotized?

There is generally no special feeling associated with hypnosis. You should, at the very least, feel comfortable and relaxed. You may experience a feeling of floating, sinking or drifting. Sometimes a feeling of heaviness or lightness may occur.

Will I remember what took place while I was hypnotized?

I give specific suggestions during every session that you will remember everything that took place during the hypnosis.

Can you make me so silly things while I am in hypnosis?

This is a professional office and clients come here for specific reasons. You are not here to participate in a stage performance or a comedy show. The only suggestions I give you are the ones you come here for to achieve your goals.

Do you teach self-hypnosis?

Yes. I teach self-hypnosis for many reasons. By learning how to hypnotize yourself, you can use this “tool” at your convenience without having to keep coming back to my office. Some areas of hypnosis such as weight control require reinforcement and you can do it at your convenience. The more you use hypnosis, the better you get at it.

Is it difficult to learn how to do self-hypnosis?

Learning how to hypnotize yourself is like learning how to ride a bicycle. Some people can get on a bike and ride pretty well right away and others will take some practice. The more you do it, the better you become.

How many sessions does it take to learn how to do self-hypnosis?

I prefer to teach you how to hypnotize yourself in three sessions. The sessions are about a week apart and you will learn four different methods of self-hypnosis over the course of three sessions. This will also give you ample time to practice in-between sessions while at home.

Is hypnosis covered by insurance?

Most hypnosis in not covered by insurance. I will gladly provide you with a statement for your session(s). You can submit this to your insurance company for consideration. I have had clients who have been reimbursed by their insurance carrier for my professional services. Hypnosis for smoking cessation may be eligible for a tax deduction, see IRS information page for further details.

Jim Cullum
590 Coakley Street
East Meadow, NY 11554