What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a natural experience that occurs when the conscious mind is distracted or at
rest, and the subconscious mind is more easily accessed and informed.  Hypnotherapy
entails the use of trance and suggestion to adjust habits of thought, feeling and behavior.  
All of your senses are awake and alert while you are in a hypnotic state.  You only say and
do in hypnosis what you would normally say and do in a fully conscious state, and you can
return to full consciousness any time you choose.

Questions and answers

What do sessions include?  

Sessions begin with a basic introduction to hypnosis, and treatment planning according to
the issue we're addressing.  I'll collect information from you about the patterns and
obstacles that are keeping you from where you want to be, and the goals that you'd like to
achieve.  We then complete the hypnosis session, with suggestions custom-made to
problem-solve the difficulties and to facilitate progress and change toward the results
you're looking for.  Sessions also include education on methods for self-hypnosis, to
augment the results of these sessions and to use in the future as needed!  Hypnotherapy
sessions are typically 60-90 minutes in duration for the first session, and 50-60 minutes in
duration for follow-up sessions.

How much does it cost?

Individual hypnotherapy is $65.00 per session.  Typically, insurance companies do not cover
hypnotic services, but you are certainly welcome to contact your insurance company to
investigate this if you choose to do so.  If you learn that your insurance does cover
hypnosis, and you sign permission and provide insurance information, your insurance
company will be billed.  You will be held responsible for any remaining fees that may not be
covered by your insurance.  

     Credit cards are accepted!                                

How many hypnosis sessions are necessary?

You may meet your goals and be satisfied with the results after a single visit.  I've also
offered the option of a series of three to four sessions in programs for weight management
and smoking cessation because, in some instances, more sessions can bring better
results.  We plan for whatever works best for you.  If you’d like, we could complete one
session and decide at that point whether there is any remaining need to schedule another.

Is hypnosis safe?

Generally speaking, the experience of hypnosis is easy, safe, and relaxing.  It is important,
however, to be aware of some restrictions.  If you are in crisis, feeling unsafe toward
yourself or others, or have moderate to severe psychiatric symptoms, including but not
limited to psychosis (hallucinations, delusions, paranoia), or moderate to severe dissociative
symptoms (feeling substantially ‘detached‘, losing time), hypnotherapy may not be
indicated for you at this time.  Please be forthcoming about whether you are having any
substantial difficulty with distress or psychiatric symptoms, and contact me if you have any
questions.

What training have you had?

I was certified as a hypnotherapist by the National Guild of Hypnotists in October of 2008.  
I'm trained to provide hypnotherapy to assist people through a variety of difficulties,
including smoking cessation, weight management, and other issues by which the
subconscious patterns of thought and belief may be impeding a person’s progress toward
his or her goals.  I was certified as a self-hypnosis instructor by the Mottin & Johnson
Institute of Hypnosis.  I've received additional training in Advanced Regression techniques,
which are used in hypnosis to revisit past events and experiences that have contributed to
longstanding difficulties, and shift related beliefs to allow for easier progress.
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Journeys Mental Health, LLC
Counseling and Hypnotherapy
Keith Young, LCPC, CH
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Bangor, Maine 04401
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