Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer free consultations?

Yes. In fact, I only schedule sessions after a free 15-minute phone consultation. We will identify your goals, and determine whether we are a good match for each other. (If not, I’ll do my best to refer you to someone else.) My number is 707-845-3749 and I look forward to hearing from you.

What issues can you help me resolve?

The three most common issues are quitting smoking, eliminating panic attacks and relieving chronic pain. By combining intentional laughter, mindfulness, and the three principles with coaching, hypnosis and NLP, many of my clients develop the building blocks of a better attitude. The result is more confidence and better self-esteem, learning to intentionally relax, and reduced stress, anxiety, fears/phobias and limiting beliefs. I have worked with a variety of other issues so call/write now and we can discuss your needs.

How many sessions will I need?

Every individual is different. I cannot guarantee results because you must take responsibility for creating your own desired outcomes. My role is to assist you in getting clear about your goals, plus finding and/or developing the skills and resources within you to accomplish what you want. That said, most clients get great results for most issues in three to five sessions. Bigger picture health issues such as irritable bowel syndrome or significant weight reduction often require more.

Are you going to make me laugh on purpose?

I never make anybody do anything. Whether it is learning to laugh intentionally or deeply relaxing into a hypnotic trance, our work together is always about helping you learn to see more options and make better choices about how you think, feel and act. My listening skills create a strong connection between us that makes cooperation natural and easy. The result is often an expansion of your comfort zone and a readiness to explore new experiences, especially intentional laughter.

Why and when do I need to have a doctor referral form signed?

Since I am not a medical doctor, I do not diagnose, treat, cure, or prescribe for clients. Hypnosis and NLP are considered complementary or adjunct care, not an alternative to traditional medical or mental health care. For legal and liability purposes, a doctor/therapist referral is required if you seek my help with something typically treated by a doctor or therapist. Your initial free phone consultation will determine whether the referral is necessary.

How long are sessions and what do they cost?

Sessions average 75-90 minutes, though may be shorter or longer depending on your goals and present state. Each visit is $175 regardless of duration (subject to change without notice). Payment is due at the time of each in-person session, either by cash, check or credit/debit card, and due in advance of each Skype session, either by PayPal or credit/debit card. Note that paying for individual sessions is fairly uncommon as most clients invest in a multi-session package that we’ll discuss during your free consultation. With some issues, such as weight loss, smoking cessation and irritable bowel syndrome, a pre-paid multi-session commitment is required. The larger the package, the lower the per session cost becomes.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you need to reschedule or cancel your session, please provide a minimum of 24 hours notice. Any sessions rescheduled or canceled with less than 24 hours notice will be billed $75 and considered as a “missed session.” Subsequent sessions may only be scheduled once fees for a previously missed session have been paid. A missed session that is part of a package will count as one of the pre-paid sessions and will not be made up. NOTE: A $25 fee will be assessed for any returned checks, and both the check and session fees must be paid before additional sessions will be scheduled.

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What if my question is not answered on this page?

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“Just wanted to send a few words of appreciation and encouragement your way. I haven’t had a puff since our first meeting almost 10 months ago! And I can’t imagine I ever will again. Also, I enjoy your periodic emails. You’re doing good work. Keep it up! Thanks so much.”

– Ryan Bridges, Arcata, CA

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