FAQ - Lisa Dewey Hypnotherapy
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Your time and money are valuable, so you are invited to ask as many questions as you need to feel comfortable.
It is important that this be the right fit for your healing.


* Cash or PayPal is accepted.  Payment is due on the day of your session. 

*** Please note: At least 24-hour notice for cancellations or rescheduling is required or you will be charged the full amount of the session. ***

How many sessions will I need?

Hypnotherapy has transformed my life and I want you to have the same experience. Have in mind coming in for at least a couple sessions. While it’s great when clients see dramatic changes in one session, in most cases, it takes a few sessions to get the results you’re looking for.

A Survey of Psychotherapy Literature by Alfred A. Barrios, PhD., which was later reprinted in American Health Magazine, revealed the following recovery rates:

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

While the average presented in this study was 6 sessions for 93% recovery, I have found that most of our clients completely work through an entire issue after approximately 3-4 sessions, which means that with a package of 12 sessions we are able to address multiple areas of concern.

I have found that with 12 sessions we are able to access and resolve the root of an issue, which transforms the client in every facet of their lives.

What does hypnosis do?

According to most neuroscientists, the conscious mind processes about 5 – 10 % of the information that the unconscious mind brings in. Hypnosis relaxes and calms the conscious mind filter which allows the subconscious to come to the surface so you can train it. Hypnosis puts you in control of your emotions and habits thus giving you the ability to change the negative programs that are not serving you.

In the hypnotic state, your body relaxes as your mind becomes more aware. In this focused relaxed state you and the Hypnotherapist will have a dialogue. You are always in complete control throughout the session. The hypnotherapist is there to help guide your experience and give the positive suggestions and anchors that were agreed to in the consultation phase of the session.

What can I expect in a hypnosis session?

Hypnosis is a naturally-occurring trance state. People enter into light hypnotic trances when they are doing something routine, such as driving, brushing our teeth or showering. One can also enter a hypnotic state when deeply relaxed, daydreaming, engaged in a book or movie or engrossed in a favorite activity.

During your session you will be sitting or reclining comfortably.  A hypnotherapy session involves a verbal interaction between the client and Hypnotherapist.  The Hypnotherapist will guide you into a relaxed hypnotic state and begin to ask you a series of questions. This will allow you and the Hypnotherapist to have a dialogue with your subconscious. You will be asked a series of questions about your memories, thoughts and beliefs, and encouraged to access your inner wisdom to develop solutions. The Hypnotherapist guides you to your own power. The Hypnotherapist will also give suggestions, and perhaps use metaphors to help achieve the therapeutic results you’ve agreed upon together. You will easily wake up from hypnosis and you will remember your session. In fact after a hypnosis session, most people feel refreshed and at peace.

What does being in hypnosis feel like?

Hypnosis is a deep state of relaxation, similar to that wonderful feeling of waking up the morning on your day off. Your body is still asleep, and your conscious awareness is narrow, perhaps focused on a dream, an idea, a feeling or an image. Physiologically, hypnosis is similar to falling asleep, except your mind stays aware while your body rests. During hypnosis, you may lose awareness of your body, as your mind is completely focused on whatever is being discussed at the time. When you do turn attention to your body, you will often feel like it is extremely heavy. As you emerge from the trance you may have the desire to stretch out, as if waking up from a nap. After the session is over, you will typically feel very relaxed. Your stress levels will be very low, you will feel very calm, peaceful, and centered.

Will I cluck like a chicken? Bark like a dog?

No – Stage hypnosis and Hypnotherapy are very different. Stage hypnosis utilizes a very deep state of hypnosis that not everyone enters into naturally. Stage hypnosis is an excellent display of the sheer power and malleability of the subconscious mind when the function of the conscious mind is temporarily suspended.
Clinical hypnosis is a well recognized and serious therapeutic modality practice all throughout the world. Free will exists which means that everything done in a therapeutic session is done in complete cooperation and agreement with you, the client. Hypnotherapy clients usually feel a sense of awareness throughout their sessions and are able to recall what transpired.

Will I go to sleep?

No – Hypnotherapy is not sleeping; you remain awake, aware and always in control throughout the session. You can come out of your hypnotic state at any time. You will remember everything that happens and because the human mind is capable of several levels of consciousness at a time, you may even be aware of things around you while you are in a hypnotic state.

Is hypnosis similar to meditation?

The state of hypnosis is essentially the same state of mind individuals strive for during meditation. Many people even describe parts of hypnosis as being similar to a guided meditation.  The difference is that Hypnotherapy uses the power of that state for a specific therapeutic purpose and is goal oriented. The client and the hypnotherapist have a conversation to guide the client towards those goals.

How deep will I go?

How deep you will go, depends on a variety of factors:

  1. Your desire or motivation to reach your therapeutic goal. The more you really want to achieve whatever it is you are seeking hypnotherapy for, the more “on board” your whole being will be with engaging in the process.
  2. The level of comfort and trust you have with your Hypnotherapist. We call this rapport. Allowing another person to guide you through the hypnosis experience can make some people feel vulnerable, particularly if they have never experienced hypnosis before and don’t know what to expect. It helps to seek a Hypnotherapist that describes a life and healing philosophy that matches your own.
  3. Your previous experience with hypnosis or meditation. The ability to go into hypnosis improves with practice. Individuals who experience multiple sessions usually experience successively deeper hypnotic states. Each session is training for the mind. After someone reached a certain depth in their previous session, that state often becomes a reference point from which they can go deeper during the next session. This increase in depth is also likely caused by increasing trust in the Hypnotherapist, and the realization of how enjoyable the hypnotic state feels.
  4. If you have any unresolved negative, preconceived ideas about hypnosis you may not be completely open to the experience. This resistance can cause mental distractions that block the focus required for hypnotherapy. Discuss your previous experience and concerns with your Hypnotherapist prior to your session so that your mind can be put at ease.
How can I prepare for my session?
  • If you’ve already made your appointment, then I look forward to meeting you. If you haven’t made an appointment, please make your appointment HERE
  • Choose your attitude – Having an attitude that you are truly going to benefit from our session, is a hundred times better than choosing to resist hypnosis. Hypnosis works because you want it to.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • Remove any distractions – place your phone on silent and ask friends and family to give you your space. This time is for you.
  • Well rested (good night’s sleep) and naturally (not from caffeine) high mental energy.  If you are not well rested, the mind has more of a challenge in focusing and a more difficult time accessing positive perspectives.
  • Not caffeinated. Avoid coffee two hours before a session. Caffeine activates the nervous system and the mind, which can work against the hypnosis, which requires focused relaxation.
  • Please make sure you eat before your session. This is not the time to fast or skip a meal. It is hard to focus on your goal if you are distracted and ungrounded from hunger pains.

Lisa’s office is located in YogaNoHo on the corner of Vineland and Weddington.

5257 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601


PARKING LOT – The parking lot entrance is on Weddington Street. Parking available in the garage attached to the building. Gate is always closed but will open when you reach the white line from both the inside and the outside. Park in spots labeled “Commercial”. There are roughly 13 spots available for commercial parking.

STREET PARKING is also available.  Most streets nearby are open to public parking. BE ADVISED – Some streets have meters and some don’t.  We recommend parking anywhere between Vineland and Lankershim (East to West) and Chandler and Magnolia (North to South).  

Weddington and McCormick have street cleaning on Fridays from 10am to 12pm.  Parking on nights and weekends may take less time than weekdays.

Do I have to be in LA to work with you?

No – Remote sessions via Skype, Google Hangouts or phone are available.

Remote Sessions

Remote sessions via Skype, Google Hangouts or phone are available. For this session, Lisa will send you a link and will call you at the agreed upon time.

What to expect –

Once the hypnosis begins, your eyes are closed and the connection between us is through the voice, so hypnotherapy is perfectly suited to be done remotely.

  • In preparation for your remote sessions, you will need to make sure that you have…
    • Tested it out and everything is operating correctly. We don’t want any technical delays to cut into your time. If you are using Skype you will want to make sure that you have downloaded the most current version.
    • You will need a headset that can be worn comfortably while reclining (A quiet environment is recommended); otherwise, a speakerphone or your laptop/computer speakers are fine. People tend to speak softly while under hypnosis, so we want to make sure that your mic is able to pick up to audio. Your hypnotherapist can’t guide you if they can’t hear you.
    • Please remove any distractions – place your phone on silent and ask friends and family to give you your space. This time is for you.
    • Well rested (good night’s sleep) and naturally (not from caffeine) high mental energy.  If you are not well rested, the mind has more challenge in focusing and a more difficult time accessing positive perspectives.
    • Not caffeinated. Avoid coffee two hours before a session. Caffeine activates the nervous system and the mind, which can work against the hypnosis, which requires focused relaxation.
    • Please notify me if you are fasting or have not eaten. It is hard to focus if you are distracted and ungrounded from hunger pains.
What is the conscious mind?

The conscious mind is your awareness at the present moment. It is the analytical part of the mind — it is the part of us that judges, analyzes, scrutinizes and filters information and experiences. Our conscious mind is where we experience our running “stream of consciousness”, our self-talk, our fears, our doubts, and our sense of limitations. When the conscious mind is relaxed, and its functions subside, anything is possible. This is what happens when we dream at night — the most fantastical dreams of flying or other seemingly impossible feats and circumstances seem completely feasible and we believe them to be real. This is because the dreams are occurring completely in the subconscious.

What is the subconscious mind?

The subconscious works without the knowledge or control of the conscious mind. This is why we are generally unaware of our behavior, in fact most of the time we are not even aware that we are acting unconsciously.

  • our brains begin to prepare for action just over a third of a second before we consciously decide to act. In other words, even when we ‘think’ we are conscious, it is our unconscious mind which is actually making our decisions for us.
  • Numerous cognitive neuroscientists have conducted studies that have revealed that only 5% of our cognitive activities (decisions, emotions, actions, behaviour) is conscious whereas the remaining 95% is generated in a non-conscious manner.

The subconscious mind does not judge or filter experiences. It believes what it is told and generally holds onto those beliefs permanently. The subconscious is where all our memories are stored, where our emotions are generated, and where our imagination lies. As children, we generally don’t have very developed conscious filters before the age of 10, explaining why children believe much of what they are told. Children don’t yet have enough life experience by which to judge or filter new information as being correct or reasonable. This is why so many of our emotional challenges as adults lie in events or circumstances from our childhood. Parents who don’t show love to their children or who abuse their children verbally or otherwise can cause deep-rooted beliefs. Common examples include people believing that they are inadequate, undeserving, unlovable, unimportant, unloved, unappreciated, etc.



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Info@LisaDeweyHypnotherapy.com | (323) 886-1270

Lisa Dewey Hypnotherapy is located in YogaNoHo

5257 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601

*** Payment is due on the same day of our session. I accept cash, check or PayPal. Please note: I respectfully request at least 24 hour notice for cancellations or rescheduling of appointments. There is a $50 no show fee. ***