FAQs & Myths
The initial session fee is $200 and is 90 minutes. I take a great deal of time explaining scientifically how hypnosis works to empower the client.
Subsequent sessions are $150 and last 60 minutes. For an additional $5, an mp3 can be recorded for you to reinforce the work. For those interested in longer-term work, I offer a package deal of five sessions for the price of four, ten for the price of nine, etc. A credit card will be required to hold your appointment. As there is a 24-hour cancellation policy in keeping with industry standards, your card will only be billed if your appointment is not cancelled with 24 hours’ notice. This allows us sufficient time to contact those on the waiting list who would like your time slot. Thank you for respecting this policy.
Dr. Irwin also sees two clients a week at a sliding scale rate for military, teachers, law enforcement, laid-off/unemployed, and those who are otherwise financially challenged. Please call and inquire about openings or be put on the waiting list for this offer.
Dr. Irwin makes house (or office, studio or location) calls to those who need the utmost privacy or are physically challenged. Travel time is prorated and billed at the normal in-office rate. When booking such a session, please arrange a quiet area with either a sofa or a recliner. Also, make sure you can “turn the volume down” on children, dogs, and all ambient noise. It is also best to be able to dim the lights for maximum effectiveness.
Reality: A certified hypnotherapist’s treatment is only as strong as the client’s allowability. Think of it like this: hypnosis does for the mind what massage does for the body. When you are enjoying lying on the masseur’s table, you are vulnerable and trust the masseur to treat your body according to your wishes. If at any point, he hurt you or did something inappropriate, you would sit bolt upright, would you not? We call this “abreaction.” If a hypnotherapist gave you an undesirable suggestion, you would immediately come out of the state. (This is why it is wise to choose a state Certified Hypnotherapist.) Essentially, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. A knowledgable hypnotherapist merely guides or facilitates the process for you.
Reality: A client cannot give up his free will in hypnosis any more than he can give up his free will when he is asleep. Actually, a client uses his/her free will to go into hypnosis, which is simply a heightened state of concentration and focus – – something most of us experience quite often anyway. In hypnotherapy, we isolate an area of a client’s life that he/she wants to change, where he/she has not been able to change on his/her own. So essentially, you gain self-control. When one has not been able to quit smoking on his own and quits smoking with the aid of hypnotherapy, that is gaining enormous self-control and personal power!
Reality: Can you go to sleep against your wishes? Or have a massage against your wishes? It is essentially the same “alpha” state. Further, your chances of being taken advantage of by a hypnotherapist are equal to your being take advantage of by a Medical Doctor. Does it happen? Yes. Are these practitioners in business for long? No! Again, choose a state Certified Hypnotherapist, take advantage of a free phone consultation, and go with your intuition.
Reality: Even medical science cannot guarantee a 100% success rate. Certainly there is a small percentage of people who go so deep into trance that they do experience spontaneous amnesia. However, the vast majority remember everything the therapist says while they are in the state. Sometimes there is a delayed reaction…in other words, it may “hit” the client a day later. That is the real beauty of hypnosis: no matter how great you feel when you leave the office after a session, it is in the distillation process that occurs within the subconscious/psyche that one feels the real power. In other words, we “plant seeds,” and they begin to sprout and grow after treatment.