Hypnosis FAQ

What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is the method of achieving “trance states.” Trance is facilitated through hypnotic language patterns that include guided three-dimensional visualization, metaphors, stories, suggestion and other techniques.

What is “Trance?”
Trance is a natural state of focused attention, which is very relaxing. Everyone experiences a state of focused relaxation nearly every day. An often-cited example is driving in the car listening to music and not remembering part of the drive. Another example is petting a kitten or a puppy, which transports you nearly instantly into another state of awareness.

Trance, the state of focused attention, is as natural as breathing.

What is Neuro-linguistic Programming?
Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) is a structured form of hypnotherapy used to surface and address issues that prevent positive and constructive behavior change. One of the many techniques in NLP is the realization and utilization of your successful resources. Everyone has resources and abilities that work in one area of their life that can be allocated to other areas of their life. A good example is a person who is very organized and effective at work but lacks structure in their personal finances. They have the ability to be organized and follow through, it’s just not where they need it. Using hypnosis and NLP we can take the same attributes that make them successful at work and place them where they are needed, paying bills. This allows the person to be effective and successful at both. To discover and unlock the power and potential you naturally have and enjoy it throughout your entire world is what hypnosis is about.

Hypnotherapy is about helping you achieve your personal emotional wellness goals in a safe and confidential setting with a highly trained and caring professional with your interests at heart.Cynthia Chauvin Miles CHT

What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is more specific than “hypnosis” as it uses a set of tools including NLP to access the unconscious mind unlocking resources and resolving conflicts that lie below the surface of everyday awareness that keep us from successful behavior changes. While hypnosis speaking can be used to perform a comedy stage show with volunteers sharing their personalities to comedic effect, hypnotherapy is about helping you achieve your personal emotional wellness goals in a safe and confidential setting with a highly trained and caring professional with your interests at heart.

What Is It Used For?
Most commonly, hypnotherapy is used to help people remove unwanted behavior, involuntary reactions and debilitating blocks in their unconscious that prevent them from moving forward and achieving their goals in life. Other areas are phobias, stress reduction, interpersonal issues, academic, and sports performance, motivation and creativity, anxiety and even working with specific cases of PTSD. It can help increase attention, banish phobias, relieve anxiety and increase self-confidence.

Can Hypnosis/NLP Be Used to Achieve My Life Goals?
Big goals like growing and running a business, getting investment, can be emotionally exciting and tiring at the same time.  You can get down and a hypnosis session is a great way to re-connect you with your purpose, reenergize your passion, and overhaul your can-do attitude. Having a professional hypnotist as a touchstone can broaden your perspective, and help you think out the box. Our successful clients use the resource of hypnosis repeatedly because it works.

Do I Have A Problem To Use Hypnosis?
No. You do not need to have a problem. You can use hypnosis to enhance your existing resources or find even more effective strategies to increase the satisfaction in your life.

There are many things where one session is all that is needed, in particular, a specific fear or phobia.

How Many Sessions Do I Need?
Normally it takes 3 sessions.   The first to do the change work the second to remove any outstanding issues that come up and the third to explore opportunities for even greater change. There are many things where one session is all that is needed, in particular, a specific fear or phobia. That said, one hypnosis session could be viewed as a wasted opportunity.

At National Hypnosis we have worked with people once, and we have seen people many times over the course of 5-10 years as they found new areas they wanted to work on quickly and effectively.  It all depends on how much you want to accomplish in this life. Hypnotherapy is like digging for gold. The more you surface, the more you accomplish. That said, each session is self-contained and you get specific benefits from each session.

What Should Your Expect a Hypnosis Session to be Like?

Hypnosis is a relaxing and calm process where the hypnotherapist sits in an office chair, and the client relaxes in a comfortable reclining chair. Sometimes the hypnotherapist will stand. A session breaks down in the following purposefully structured way:

  • You arrive for your booked appointment.
  • Each person takes their seats.
  • The hypnotherapist will begin by ascertaining what you want to work on. This will be very specific and is the most important part of the process.
  • This conversation may go on for a while. It will seem like a regular conversation but it is not. You are talking to a highly skilled professional.
  • Once there is agreement on the subject to work on the hypnotherapist will invite you to relax using proven techniques.
  • Some people will relax deeply others may stay more alert. Either works. This is very enjoyable.
  • The hypnotherapist will guide you, acting as your coach as you work through the experience you want to improve.
  • You will work both in the past and the future cementing in your positive changes and deep unconscious level.
  • The hypnotherapist will emerge you from your relaxed state, ensuring you are fully alert and ready to drive home.

Sometimes One: How Many Sessions Do I Need?

There are many things where one session is all that is needed, in particular, a specific fear or phobia. We have worked with people once, and we have seen people many times over the course of 5-10 years.  It all depends on how much you want to accomplish in this life. Hypnotherapy is like digging for gold. The more you surface, the more you accomplish. That said, each session is self-contained and you get specific benefits from each session.

Typically we encourage a starter appointment to see how you like the process. After that, we make packages available and we find that clients are very excited to make positive changes rapidly and will want to book three to five sessions. We offer packages in our store if you want to buy a discounted bundle.

Sometimes Several Sessions: Why Do I Need More Than One Session?

You don’t need anything. You’re perfect the way you are. We build our business on happy repeat customers.  A typical example would be testing anxiety.  A client could have their first session and in that session realize that the anxiety is attached to something entirely different that takes a bit more time to surface and understand.  While the anxiety around taking a big professional certification test like the PMP or LSAT would be resolved, it’s important to fully finish issues that are surfaced in hypnotherapy to ensure your full satisfaction.

We are here to help you.

Another example might be that if someone wants to lose 50 lbs, you could see why they might need more support over a longer period of time. The same is true with all big goals. For example, we work with entrepreneurs. Growing and running a business, getting investment, pitching, all that is emotionally exciting and taxing at the same time. Sometimes you get down and a life coaching/hypnosis session is a great way to re-connect you with your purpose so you can keep going. Having professional touchstone is critical as you grow in your life.

This is why we’ve seen some people – very successful people – for years. They choose to use the resource repeatedly because it works for them.

Call us at 703-948-0619 to discuss how hypnosis can help you quickly and effectively with your life’s goals.

Where did Cynthia and Jon Receive Their Certification? 

Cynthia and Jon both received their Certification in Brief Eriksonian Hypnosis and Neuro-linguistic Programming from the Mid Atlantic Hypnosis Training Academy. They were certified by Ron Klien who is a master instructor with over 30 years in clinical hypnosis instruction. Mr. Klien trains healthcare professionals including Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Social Workers. Mr. Klien has studied with the foremost leaders in hypnotherapy including Richard Bandler, John Grinder, and Richard Dilts.  Cynthia and Jon have both since studied personally with Richard Bandler, the inventor of NLP. They have also studied stage hypnosis with Marc Savard in Las Vegas.

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What Professional Associations Does National Hypnosis Belong To?

Cynthia and Jon are members of IACT (International Association of Counselors and Therapists) and is required to maintain her certification by attending continuing training on an annual basis. National Hypnosis hypnotherapists are also members of The National Guild of Hypnotists.

Common Misconceptions about Hypnosis

Can I be told to do something against my will? –  You do not lose your moral compass and you will not do anything against your will.

Will I fall asleep? – Generally, clients are focused and awake. At the deepest level of relaxed trance clients still respond to suggestions.

What will I do under hypnosis? – Goals and outcomes are discussed in advance of sessions, and it is those outcomes that are worked for.

Can I move? – Of course, most NLP and Brief Eriksonian Hypnosis has the client at some level of physical activity. Some techniques even require the client to be moving their hands.  However, there are cases where the client may wish not to move some part of their body, such as their hand, in order to understand that they are in hypnosis.

Will I remember the session? – Each person’s experience of hypnosis is unique. Some people remember everything that is said, others may let their minds drift.

How will I know if I’ve been hypnotized? – Most people innately will know that they have had a subjective helpful and relaxing experience. One key feature is that time seems “to fly.”

How is Hypnosis different from an Intuitive Counseling session with Cynthia?

Hypnosis and NLP are a specific, effective and proven set of techniques using linguistics, visualization, and trance to help people remove unwanted behavior. An Intuitive Counseling session is the actual “tuning in” to a person’s larger self to help the individual see “further down the road” of life. While an Intuitive Counseling session can determine what the roadblocks are, it often takes hypnosis and NLP to remove the blocks.

Session Recordings

At your specific request, a hypnosis session can be recorded for your convenience. This applies to “deep trance” sessions and not to NLP structured interventions for such issues as phobias. Recordings are done as a “gratuity.”  The fee that is paid is for a block of time, not for the recording of the session. If you want to absolutely ensure that you get a recording of your session, please make a point to record it yourself in the way that you can.  National Hypnosis does not guarantee the delivery of your session recording. Again, the fee that is paid is for the time spent with Cynthia, not for the file delivery of the recorded session.  All files are sent in standard Windows and Mac* compatible MP3 audio format within two to three business days or sooner if possible.

Session Recordings Technical FAQ

We record session at clients’ request and for the client’s convenience. The files that we produce, are emailed to you in a Windows and Mac* compatible MP3 audio file via a file transfer service such as Hightail.com and WeTransfer. Clients must have an email account to get their reading. The download links sent expire shortly after they are sent, so it is incumbent on the client to download the file in a timely manner. We do not provide CDs or cassette tapes of readings. Please note that we cannot provide phone or email support.

Session Recordings – Additional Terms and Copyright

Please note that the copyright for the proprietary techniques used are solely owned by Cynthia Chauvin Miles and Two Dragons International Inc. dba National Hypnosis and that session recordings or the proprietary techniques used in them cannot be sold or distributed in any way.