What is Hypnosis?

eyeDo I have to believe in hypnosis in order for this to work?

Belief in hypnosis is not required for hypnosis to be effective. The only things that are required are the ability to hear my voice and a willingness to follow directions.

Can I be hypnotized?

If you have ever read a book or become engrossed in a movie then you have already felt a state very similar to hypnosis. Hypnosis is a state of heightened concentration used for your own best benefit, plus it is fun and relaxing!

What does hypnosis feel like?

Hypnosis feels different to everyone. Some people report a floating or tingling sensation, others feel weighted down like a heavy and comfortable blanket has been placed over them. Others don't experience very many physical sensations yet have a sense of extreme mental clarity. The one thing that everyone has in common is a feeling of calm, peacefulness, and relaxation that begins during the hypnosis session and stays with you for hours or days afterwards.

Will I be asleep?

No, you will not be asleep, you will actually be in a higher state of focus. Your mind will be sharper, your senses will be heightened, and you will learn faster.

Come on, does hypnosis REALLY work?

Yes, it does. You shouldn't just take my word for it though, you can check out my testimonials page, or if you are more scientifically inclined you can read this article listing some of the best evidence demonstrating how effective hypnosis is.

I am nervous about losing control...

Hypnotherapy isn't about losing control, it's about focusing your mind and experiencing the outcomes you want to have before they happen. A hypnotist cannot make you do anything you don't already have a desire to do or reveal something you don't want to say.

What can hypnosis help me with?

If it has to do with the mind then hypnosis can be used. Some common uses of hypnosis are to stop smoking, live a healthier lifestyle, increase sports performance, reduce stress and anxiety, eliminate phobias, control pain, stop teeth grinding, and change bad habits as well as creating new beneficial ones. Just because you don't see it listed here, doesn't mean that hypnosis can't help. I always tell people to call or e-mail me and ask if you have any more questions. If I can't help you, I know many different doctors, therapists, psychiatrists, acupuncturists, and other facilities that may be able to. At the very least I should be able to point you in the right direction!

How much do you charge per hour?

My fee is $100 per session. I don't charge by the hour as session times can vary. The first session usually lasts a bit longer (usually 60-90 minutes), with subsequent sessions clocking in at around 45-60 minutes. Please either e-mail me or call (208) 286-8966 for a free 15 minute phone consultation to see how I can best fit your needs. 

Do you accept health insurance?

I do not take insurance at this time, however you may be able to be reimbursed through your insurance or your health savings account (HSA). I can provide you with session receipts as well as superbill insurance codes for hypnotherapy that way you can check with your provider to see if reimbursement is a possibility. 

How many sessions will it take to see the change I desire?

That really depends on the person and their personal situation. Some people can experience all the change they want in one or two sessions. Other people might require seven or eight sessions. I take a client centered approach to hypnotherapy so everything I do is customized to each individual. I help you learn at the pace you are most comfortable with so you can see and experience the results you want.

How do I know you are the right hypnotist for me?

Great question! I always suggest that people call around to local hypnotists and choose one that you really connect with. They should be able to answer all of your questions over the phone, let you know how you will be getting results, and you should feel comfortable with them. If you at all feel pressured then that is a good sign that they are not the right hypnotist for you.

What is your level of training?

You can always view the About Page to find out more about me, as well as see a video interview. The short version is I have been studying hypnosis for nearly 10 years, I'm certified with the IMDHA, and I've been in my private practice in Boise since January of 2013. I'm also always learning and taking new trainings to make sure that I am the most knowledgeable and qualified person I can be. 

Do I Need Hypnosis?

You only need hypnosis if there are areas of your life that you aren't happy with, and you actively want to change that.

What can Hypnosis Help me Improve?

If you are frustrated or angry because of a problem you can't just over or an obstacle you can't seem to overcome, hypnosis can help. Any problem that has a significant mental or physical aspect to it can be positively affected by medical hypnosis.

  • Stressed woman in BoiseAnxiety:

Anxiety and stress is one of the most classic uses of hypnosis. During a medical hypnosis session you can be taught confidence boosting triggers, relaxation techniques, and mindfulness strategies in order to reduce stress significantly. 

  • Insomnia

Sleep issues is an area I specialize in because it can so drastically affect a person's life. If you aren't sleep well, then your waking life can be miserable. Hypnosis is an ideal treatment if you struggle going to sleep, staying asleep, or sleeping deeply enough. Clients fall asleep faster and sleep deeper after only two to three sessions. 

  • Chronic Pain

Hypnosis is not something typically thought of when dealing with pain, but pain control is actually where hypnosis originally gained a lot of its popularity. People have had (and continue to have) surgery with hypnosis as the only anesthetic. If hypnosis can help with the acute pain of a scalpels blade, it can also be used for chronic and intractable pain that occurs on a daily basis. If you have allergies to medications or you don't enjoy their side effects, consider hypnosis as a complimentary therapy to what you are already doing. 

  • Addiction

Addiction can come in many different forms. From mental compulsions such as trichotillomania, to chemical addictions such as nicotine and other drugs. Medical hypnotherapy can be used in conjunction with other recovery programs and can increase a clients rate of success by building better habits and eliminating mental triggers. 

  • Teeth Grinding

Millions of American's grind their teeth at night causing damage to the structure of their teeth as well as creating pain in the jaw and leading to TMJD. The subconscious mind takes over your body at night, controlling the chemical release of hormones into the body, your breath rate, heart rate, and even the automatic grinding motion of your teeth. Hypnosis is the ideal tool to reduce and/or eliminate teeth grinding since it works with your subconscious mind by giving it new instructions to carry out when asleep.

  • Fears & Phobias

Fears can be a very real thing that can cripple a person's social and professional life. Whether it be a fear of public speaking, or terror over encountering a spider, hypnosis can help.

  • Sports Performance

There is a HUGE mental side of any sports activity. Often times, especially at the peak levels of competition, a player can become their own worst enemy or their greatest ally. Many famous and successful athletes have used hypnosis in order to create and maintain their edge in the game. Mike Tyson routinely saw a hypnotist during his career in boxing to great success.

  • Eliminating Bad Habits

There is often times a part of people that knows a bad habit isn't good for them. They know logically it's time to change, but they just can't seem to. That mental block can be smashed to pieces with the help of a skilled medical hypnotist and will allow you to not only eliminate bad habits, but also create new beneficial ones so you can live the best life possible.


Local Boise Private Practice

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When it comes to Hypnotherapy in the Boise, ID area, there are many different options to choose from. There are franchise hypnosis centers that employ more salesmen than they do hypnotherapists, and lock you into long term contracts and prepaid sessions. Thrive Hypnotherapy is a private practice that takes a client centered approach to hypnosis and never employs salesmen. When you call 208-286-8966, you will speak to me Ben Schoeffler, the medical hypnotist that you will actually be working with in order to achieve your goals. That way I can answer your questions and make sure hypnosis is right for you and your situation.