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Hypnosis is a valid, scientific, useful, and therapeutic tool which has the ability to help people in profound ways. The benefits of hypnotherapy have been known for decades. The American Medical Association has classified hypnosis as a treatment tool since the 1950s. 


Hypnosis is commonly used for a variety of things, including pain control, treating fears, phobias and anxieties, smoking cessation, weight loss, memory enhancement, self-confidence, and improved performance in athletics, academics, or on the job. Studies prove the effectiveness from a neurobiological, and more hospitals are beginning to use qualified hypnotherapists as a result. 


For weight loss, studies clearly indicate the benefits of hypnosis. On average, almost 2 1/2 times as much weight is lost by incorporating hypnosis compared to those people not using hypnosis, with long-term results. 

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about hypnosis. Most people only know about hypnosis from what they see at stage shows and movies. Clinical hypnosis and hypnotherapy is nothing like that at all. Hypnosis is not a form of mind-control. Your morals, ethics, and values cannot be altered in hypnosis, nor can someone take control of you in any way. You can not be made to do anything unwillingly. Hypnosis is 100% safe and is something that the mind already does. Our minds naturally operate on a conscious and a subconscious level simultaneously. 

It's important to note that our habits and behaviors are controlled by the subconscious mind, even when they are habits we wish we didn’t have. We predominantly use our subconscious mind  which can sometimes be in conflict with our conscious wants. For example, a person might suffer from stage fright (a subconscious reaction) when they actually want to feel comfortable on stage (the conscious want).  Hypnosis is simply an easy and natural way to work with the subconscious mind (the part of your brain responsible for your habits) to make the changes that YOU want to make easier to change. A qualified hypnotherapist understands how to help you work with your subconscious mind in order to help you make the changes that you desire and will work with you to help you accomplish your goals. 


Hypnotherapy has a high success rate when compared to many other different types of treatment for the same issues, with many people reporting added benefits such as increased self-esteem, improved sleep, and decreased stress. 

Hypnosis is not:

  • Weakening of will

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Loss of control

  • Mind control

  • A process that requires a weak mind

  • Magic

  • Something that "controls" you

  • A vulnerable state of mind


Hypnosis is:

  • An effective, non-chemical method of changing habits, increasing skills, and improving quality of life

  • A natural process that occurs in everyone


About Clinical Hypnotherapy

Clinical hypnotherapy is a type of therapy that uses hypnosis as a method to produce change. Professional clinical hypnotherapists work with people who are trying to improve themselves or a situation.  A qualified hypnotherapist is a facilitator that guides the process of creating the positive changes that are desired and will work with clients to help them to accomplish their goals. Hypnotherapy generally works through a series of sessions to re-teach the subconscious mind a new set of habits and patterns that support the desired outcomes and goals. Interestingly, hypnosis can be done in person of course, but can also be utilized via a recording of a hypnosis session where the client listens to the session in an undisturbed setting. What really matters is that the session content is applicable to the individual and that the subject matter is what the client wants to do.

Hypnotherapy works for almost everyone. Hypnotherapy can work for anyone who wants a change and is willing to participate in having changes take place. Hypnosis will not work for someone who doesn't really want to change. It can also be ineffective for very young children, people with very low mental function, or for someone on mind altering drugs (prescription or recreational).

 Q & A

What does it feel like? It's easy! Hypnotherapy is very relaxing and comfortable. There is no loss of personal control or awareness. Many people report feeling relaxed, refreshed, steady, and confident after a session. Some people sleep through it.  

Who is it useful for? Hypnotherapy works for almost everyone. Hypnotherapy can work for anyone who wants a change & is willing to participate in having changes take place. 

Can hypnosis work for anyone? No. Hypnosis will not work for someone who doesn't really want to change, those with very low mental function, very young children, or someone on mind altering drugs.

What if I’m too strong-minded? Perfect! Strong-minded people have great results. Hypnosis is not a battle of wills or mind control. You remain in control the entire time. Hypnotherapy is very effective for strong-minded and creative people who are actively wanting changes.

Does it work with children? Yes, typically over the age of 5 but it depends on the child. It has to be the goals of the child (not the parent).

How many sessions does it take? It depends on the issue. That's one of the reasons why Dr. McKinney offers an initial consultation. Once she understands your personal situation better, she can advise on whether it will only take one session or whether multiple sessions are more appropriate.

How much does it cost? Custom recordings are $65, and are the most effective. However, pre-recorded sessions work for many people and cost less. 

What kinds of hypnosis do you do at Mindset?  In order to meet the needs of our clients, we offer long distance services as well as sell pre-recorded session. All topics have clinical merit and a proven success rate. 

How well does hypnosis work?

Psychoanalysis:  38% recovery after 600 sessions
Behavior Therapy:  72% recovery after 22 sessions
Hypnotherapy:  93% recovery after 6 sessions

-American Health Magazine

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