Have more questions about Stress Management Skills Coaching, Hypnotherapy, Guided Meditation, or our other wellness offerings?
Frequently Asked Questions:
How long is a session? Which option is right for me?
Coaching and Hypnotherapy sessions are generally 60 minutes long. Extended hypnotherapy sessions up to 90 minutes in length are also an option, to provide extra time for more focused, in-depth work. During your initial consultation, we’ll work together to determine the best series structure and session length to meet your individual goals and needs.
How many sessions will I need?
Since each person is entirely unique, with different experiences, challenges, strengths, and goals, this is a highly individual question that involves many factors. What we offer is not a “cookie cutter” or “one size fits all” pre-programmed approach—it is entirely individualized, client-centered work that is uniquely tailored just for you.
Coaching: Our Stress Management Skills Coaching series generally range from 8-12 sessions in length, although this number can vary depending on your goals for the work, level of dedication to the process, and prior experience with various stress-reduction practices.
Hypnotherapy: Although work with a hypnotherapist is generally brief and goal-based, it is not a panacea or “miracle cure”. Rather, think of it as a tonic to aid you in more efficiently reaching your short- and long-term goals. As with coaching, it is a collaborative process between client and practitioner, which requires your active effort and focused commitment between sessions. Depending on what we are addressing, the number of underlying factors involved, and your level of overall commitment to achieving your goals, you may need between 3-10 or more sessions—similar to what is involved in a Structural Integration series. If you have not already experienced this type of work as a part of our coaching offerings, we generally recommend an initial 4-session commitment to start.
Do you offer phone sessions?
Due to the highly interactive nature of the work, Stress Management Skills Coaching and Hypnotherapy sessions are currently only offered in-person at our office in San Francisco. In the future, we may consider offering phone-based or videoconferencing-based sessions—if you are interested in utilizing this option if it becomes available, please let us know.
How should I prepare for my Coaching or Hypnotherapy session?
To maximize the benefits of each coaching or hypnotherapy session, we recommend that you come to each appointment prepared with a theme or topic for discussion. Coaching clients are welcome to email topics/updates/insights the day before their scheduled session, to optimize use of available time during the next day’s session.
Can Stress Management Skills Coaching help with other issues?
Yes, both Stress Management Skills Coaching and Hypnotherapy can aid in addressing other wellness goals that are directly or indirectly related to stress and chronic tension. For example: when under a high degree of stress, sympathetic nervous system activation (the “fight or flight” response) can cause difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep at night. By learning to utilize various stress-reduction techniques from restorative yoga, yoga-based breathwork (pranayama), meditation, or self-hypnosis, one can efficiently move their nervous system back into a more neutral, restful state to prepare the body for sleep. A few minutes of practice in the evening is often all it takes to effectively calm the nervous system for this purpose.
High levels of stress and sympathetic nervous system activation can also place additional load on the body’s other systems, requiring extra energy to sustain them—this can cause stress-related fatigue over time. As you begin to progress through your coaching series, you explore and get to know your nervous system’s habitual responses through a variety of awareness- and insight-building processes, discovering personalized ways to move into a more consistently regulated state of ease. As you improve your mind-body connection and move into a state of embodied awareness, these kinds of stress-based issues become less and less of a problem as they naturally fade away.
While transforming unproductive habit patterns can sometimes be challenging with coaching alone (depending on the underlying subconscious reasons for maintaining the habit), this is an area in which hypnotherapy excels. By working more directly with the subconscious processes that perpetuate the pattern, and gaining conscious insight into the purpose the habit has been attempting to serve, the pattern becomes much easier to work with and resolve via coaching. These and many other related goals can be addressed during the course of your sessions—if you have a question about a specific issue you’re interested in addressing with hypnosis, feel free to contact us.
How do Coaching and Hypnotherapy differ from psychotherapy?
Coaching and hypnotherapy are not a substitute for psychotherapy or counseling, and are not intended for treatment of any mental health disorder.
Psychotherapy generally focuses on the past’s influence on the present, while moving various traits, thought patterns, and aspects of the self from a state of dysfunction to function via the therapist’s treatment plan to fix or heal the client’s problem. In contrast, coaching and hypnotherapy are predominantly present- and future-oriented, focusing on moving the whole person forward from function to optimization and integration by serving as a guide through a process of inner exploration and self-transformation, facilitating the client’s discovery of the answers and solutions within themselves. Both approaches can be quite valuable, but each has a different focus, set of goals, and scope of practice.
Coaching is a creative, collaborative process that facilitates the client’s ability to develop and better utilize their core strengths and inner resources, cultivate and deepen awareness and connection to self and others, proactively enhance personal well-being, and accelerate progress in achieving goals.
Hypnotherapy is a highly efficient tool for assisting clients in discovering, accessing, and utilizing their own innate inner resources to achieve goals, develop motivation, transform habits and behavior patterns, and deeply relax the mind, body, and emotions.
Do you accept insurance?
Unfortunately, we do not accept insurance; all payments are due at time of service. Coaching and hypnotherapy are not covered by insurance, as they are non-diagnostic services that focus on personal well-being rather than medical necessity. However, some employers may offer additional employee wellness incentives or wellness reimbursement programs that include coaching, hypnotherapy, or various stress-management practices such as meditation, bodywork, or yoga.
Hypnotherapy: Under certain very limited circumstances, some FSA and HSA providers may potentially reimburse for hypnosis or hypnotherapy to support medically necessary health-related behavioral changes (e.g. weight management, smoking cessation) as part of a medically-prescribed treatment plan from your physician. This would require, at a minimum, a Letter of Medical Necessity (L.O.M.N.) from your medical doctor. Check with your provider to determine specific eligibility requirements under your plan. We are happy to provide you with detailed receipts of your payments if you choose to submit your own claims for FSA or HSA reimbursement.
Can we incorporate Guided Meditation into other session types?
Yes! If you’d like to experience tangible benefits far beyond what one gets with a few minutes of savasana at the end of a yoga class, we also offer combined sessions as an option for wellness-minded clients seeking to take their bodywork or movement series to the next level. Each combined session is 90 minutes to 2 hours in length, which includes your Structural Integration, Pilates, or Yoga session, followed immediately by 30 minutes of Restorative Yoga, Guided Meditation, or Yoga Nidra to enhance the integration process and deepen the mind-body benefits of your session.
What types of meditation practices do you offer?
Traditionally, meditation practices were not standardized into a “one size fits all” format designed for mass consumption via apps and large-group classes. Instead, students were individually mentored through a personalized series of meditative techniques, selected based on each student’s specific physical and mental characteristics, to bring the body and mind toward a state of integration and equilibrium. Each student’s path would be unique, perhaps starting with a contemplation meditation to balance mental tendencies, a mantra or object meditation to build concentration and focus, or mindfulness meditation to cultivate awareness and develop a sense of non-attachment to wandering thoughts and emotions.
We follow this time-tested individualized approach, suggesting meditation techniques that address your specific goals or balance for particular attributes, and offering additional technique recommendations as your practice evolves over time. We also offer the added benefit of supplementing your meditation with hypnotherapeutic techniques and somatic bodywork to aid in efficiently addressing any hindrances that might arise during the course of your practice.
What should I bring to a Guided Meditation session?
All equipment, including Manduka Pro mats and a full complement of restorative yoga props and bolsters, are provided for use during your session. Wear stretchy workout clothing that you feel comfortable in, as you will spend some time seated in meditation postures and reclining in supported, restorative yoga poses.