Valorie J. Wells, PhD

Certified Hypnotherapist

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(816)-590-1200

4430 State Line Road

Kansas City, KS 66103-3512

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic use of clinical hypnosis (as opposed to entertainment/stage hypnosis) for the purposes of behavior modification, pain/stress relief, resolution of fears and phobias and to aid in the natural process of childbirth.

How Does It Work?

Under the suggestions of a trained, professional, certified hypnotherapist, your subconscious mind is encouraged to come to the foreground of your thoughts. Your conscious/waking mind is persuaded to rest. What some might call your “Inner Self”, “Little Voice Within”, “Spark of the Divine”, or “Spirit” will calm the chatter of emotions and feelings that clutter your conscious waking mind. You are never out of control and you can always just open your eyes and stop the process.

Are There Any Reasons Not to Use Hypnotherapy?

There are some neurological conditions which may present extenuating circumstances. A diagnosis of bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia or seizure disorder may require the advice/approval of a physician/psychiatrist before starting hypnosis.

Who Can Be Hypnotized?

Nearly everyone can be hypnotized provided they have the mental reasoning power to follow a suggestion. It also important that they want to be hypnotized by that therapist at that time. If you feel uncomfortable with the process or even the therapist, chances are that you won’t relax enough to be hypnotized. In that case, a professional hypnotherapist will either ask questions to resolve your apprehensions or perhaps suggest another hypnotherapist that you may prefer. Your emotional comfort is the prime objective.

What Does It Feel Like?

Imagine staring into the flames of a fireplace or campfire. You begin to feel really relaxed. And if someone offered you a drink, you might think to yourself, “That’d be cool.”

But you are far too relaxed tear yourself away from the flames. You could still think about taking a drink but you were so mellow you really didn’t care to break that delicious feeling.

But, you could if you really wanted to. Each session, your waking or conscious mind can relax more deeply and you will feel even more tranquil.

How Many Office Visits (Sessions) Will I Need?

The number of sessions needed is like asking how many aspirins will it take to get rid of my headache. The answer depends on a lot of factors.

For most people, the benefits of the first session “lasts” about 5-7 days. For this reason, nearly all clients can benefit from a three session program, with 7-10 days between each session.

Some programs follow a specific protocol. The ASCH (American Society of Clinical Hypnosis), is a total of four sessions with 5 years of follow up care, as needed.

Some weight loss agendas will require more time, depending on your personal goal.

A Maintenance Schedule is available to allow for ongoing monthly care.

Will I Remember What You Said?

The ability to recall under hypnosis is under the same control as whether or not you remember a dream. If your Inner Self or subconscious wants you to continue to think about an issue when you dream or have hypnotherapy, then your subconscious will keep it on the forefront of your thoughts after waking. Ultimately, you are in control.

Will I Cluck like a Chicken?

Not unless you really want to!

In all seriousness, as a certified hypnotherapist, I am here to help you reach your goals. In other words, no one can make you do what you don’t want to do, not even under hypnosis.

Can I Use My HSA/MSA/Cafeteria Plan Card?

Yes, hypnotherapy is often considered a "non-covered medical expense" and you can use your Health or Medical Savings Account card, just as you would pay for eyeglasses or any other out-of-pocket health expense. You may want to consult your tax preparer for ways to itemize these non-covered medical expenses on your tax return.

Do You Make Recordings?

No. It is more important for you to learn self-hypnosis and act as your own coach. You will want to avoid the temptation to become dependent on another’s voice.

Can I Bring Someone with Me into the Session?

I often encourage the family/support person to attend the Introduction. However, it is the client's choice to have that visitor stay in the room when the hypnotherapy portion begins.

Of course, parents are requested to attend the entire hypnosis session for their child.

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